My First Decade
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Just 26 years old, Nicola Benedetti has been making chart-topping recordings for 10 years.
This album celebrates the best of those recordings, and her other successes - from winning the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition in 2004, to her 2012 best-selling album 'The Silver Violin'.
A collection of great violin music - from Vivaldi's Four Seasons and Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending to the Tchaikovsky and Bruch violin concertos and Arvo Part's Spiegel Im Spiegel.
Featuring brand new recordings - Brahms' invigorating Hungarian Dance no. 5, Monti's ever-popular Czardas, and Chopin's emotional Nocturne in C# minor.
The album includes Nicola performing with leading orchestras and conductors, as well as some of her favourite chamber players.
Top Customer Reviews
My First Decade (Deluxe Version) [+digital booklet]
The order of pieces seems to be very random and thrown together as if the producers had not thought about how the album would run cohesively as a unit. Specifically the listener is given the serenity and calm of Spiegel Im Spiegel and then the exquisite calm of the Nocturne only to be BLASTED in the ears by the Tchaikovsky Allegro Vivacissimo (track 6) which starts with a CRASH and is clearly at a far higher sound level. Then to be dropped back to the calm of the Meditation from Thais. Be warned, the difference in sound balance is so obvious it's clear nobody in production had listened to the CD in detail before it was issued. If they think this a joke to 'wake you up' with the Tchakivsky then it's lost on me, and presumably most people with educated and sensitive ears.
I normally love Benedetti's playing but feel let down by this CD. It feels cobbled together from her earlier recordings (we've had The Lark Ascending on an earlier CD and it's a long piece.. filler perhaps) and smacks of money spinning which is not something I would have associated with Benedetti... unless the profits are going to her charity/ies but there's no mention of that....
I'm going to re-burn this CD on iTunes removing the Tchaikovsky track, ditto my iPod, and then the whole album will be a more pleasant experience but way below her other albums in terms of a quality product.
In performance she is so passionate and committed.
I stood up and applauded its that good a CD
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm glad I bought this to listen to in the mornings - sets off the whole day with a coffee.Published 17 months ago by Mr. K. Bessant
Nicola Benedetti at her very best. What an amazing performer!Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer