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  • Audio CD (23 Sept. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B00E4JGPO8
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,461 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Four Seasons: Summer III. Presto - Scottish Chamber Orchestra
  2. The Lark Ascending - Nicola Benedetti, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Litton
  3. Hungarian Dance No.5 - Nicola Benedetti, Tamas Andras, Thomas Carroll, Ksenija Sidorova, Petr Limonov
  4. Spiegel Im Spiegel - Nicola Benedetti, Alexei Grynyuk
  5. Nocturne No.20 In C Sharp Minor - Nicola Benedetti, Petr Limonov
  6. 3. Allegro vivacissimo - Nicola Benedetti, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Jakub Hrusa
  7. Meditation from Thais - Nicola Benedetti, London Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Harding
  8. 2. Adagio - Nicola Benedetti, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Jakub Hrusa
  9. Czardas - Nicola Benedetti, Tamas Andras, Thomas Carroll, Ksenija Sidorova, Petr Limonov
  10. Ladies In Lavender - Main Theme - Nicola Benedetti, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Kirill Karabits
  11. Main Theme From "Schindler's List" - Nicola Benedetti, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Kirill Karabits
  12. Tango - Por Una Cabeza - Nicola Benedetti, Ksenija Sidorova, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Leonard Elschenbroich, Alexei Grynyuk

Product Description

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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.

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By Dodster TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Oct. 2013
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The 'greatest hits' from the talented violinist's first decade. Her interpretation of Vaughn Williams 'The Lark ascending' is amongst the best out there. Gives me goose bumps every time I listen to it. Similarly, who could fail to be moved by her beautiful rendition of 'Ladies in Lavender.' That's only two tracks from the twelve on the CD. Cracking album.
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Can't quite describe adequately how beautifully Nicola Benedetti plays the violin. She has an incredibly light and agile touch that I could only dream about as a school-girl violinist! I put it on if I want to shut the world out for a while, may be even go to sleep, but can't because I want to listen to it so much. That said, it's still the most relaxing 76 minutes I've found of late.
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Very disappointed with this CD compared to Nicola Benedetti's other works. As one other reviewer says there are variations in sound level which make for an unpleasant experience unless you're sitting next to the volume button. The quality of playing is exquisite but the album is ruined by other issues.

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.
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Yet another excellent CD from Nicola Benedetti to add to your collection which is thoroughly recommended. Excellent wide ranging choice of tracks.
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Fabulous---peace and quiet and sitting listening to this --Heaven.Each album she makes seems to better than the one that has gone before.
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As always excellent violinst. However, it would have been more appreciated if Nicola had played compositions that she had never recorded
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For such a talented star the music she has brought to us all has been a delight to the ears.
In performance she is so passionate and committed.
I stood up and applauded its that good a CD
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It is really first class from Nicola it was a treat to sit and listen to the CD.A very talented young lady
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