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  • Audio CD (27 Aug. 2012)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B008CYV046
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
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BENEDETTI NICOLA

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Having now proved herself as a serious violinist with the obligatory recordings of the typical repertoire (Bruch/Tchaikovsky etc), it is fantastic to see Nicola now able to express her vision for music through her recordings. This disk strikes exactly the right balance between being widely accessible but not abandoning the concept of a 'proper' classical album.

For classical music purists, the Korngold violin concerto is the centrepiece of the disk. This is a fabulous interpretation and has a suitably showbiz-y feel to allow it to blend seamlessly with the other works. (I'm not exactly in a position to critique her technical proficiency in this piece - if there were flaws, I couldn't hear them anyway...!)

The other works on the disk are the more accessible ones. With 15 tracks, each one is shorter than the pieces often found in the classical repertoire and hence the music is broken into 'bite-size chunks' (perhaps less suited to the classical music purists but good for those who are intimidated by longer works). The stand-out tracks for me are Gardel's Por Una Cabeza (in which Ksenija Sidorova (accordian) is a fantastic addition to the tried and tested combination of Benedetti, Elschenbroich, Stikovestsky and Grynyuk), Shostakovich's Romance from the Gadfly and Korngold's Marietta's Lied (which she recently performed at the Proms).

Although it pains me to make any criticisms, I feel I have to make a few comments in the interests of a balanced review! The Hess and Marianelli pieces seem perhaps a little out of their depth and are somewhat lost in between the works of Shostakovich/Mahler/Korngold. Shore's Concertino from Eastern Promises (another little-known composer) however holds its own remarkably well (I especially like the second part!).
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Nicola Benedetti's talent has matured noticeably since I first listened to her 'live' with the BSO.

Here, she presents a well-chosen programme of outstandingly beautiful violin music derived mainly from the cinema.

Her warmth of tone, ease of expression, and faultless, sparkling technique make her, in my opinion, one of the finest soloists of today. Nowadays, she plays on the Gariel Strad. which sounds magnificent in her hands.

Not everybody would welcome this particular choice of programme, mainly, dare I say, because of the musical snobbery that persists, and which serves only to discourage younger people from listening to so-called 'Serious' music, but for those who do genuinely appreciate fine melodies, and rich harmonies, this album certainly stands out. I therefore recommend this delightful album without hesitation.

Benedetti's rendition of the Korngold concerto, is so reminiscent of Heifetz's two recordings of the work, but without being an imitation of them. Even if you are only interested in having the Korngold concerto, you will be hard-pushed to find a better interpretation of it (Leonid Kavakos's recording is another favourite of mine). In the same way that the movie concertos ('Warsaw Concerto', 'Dream of Olwen', 'Cornish Rhapsody, etc) have tended to all be included in the various available albums, I can foresee that the present formula is likely to become the standard for admirers of the violin in the movies. Benedetti did it first! A similar idea from John Williams and Itzakh Perlman previously brought us two splendid albums of film themes arranged specially for solo violin and orchestra, but these were largely of pieces not intended for this purpose.

If you are simply only wanting ideas for Christmas presents for friends and family, then just order a dozen of these! You won't go far wrong. FL
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I bought this for my Wife for her Birthday after hearing Nicola Benedetti on BBC's breakfast programme a week or so ago.
On that programme they played Tango - Por Una Cabeza, the third track on the CD and I knew then it was something I would like to hear again played through a proper stereo system and thought my Wife would like it too.
I'm not really a classical music fan but many of the pieces on this CD are very evocative and emotion pieces of music that can be enjoyed by anyone of any age.
I thoroughly recommend it regardless of your musical tastes.
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Beautiful music beautifully played. There are some real gems here along with well known items. A great bargain CD. Would recommend.
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What a credit Nicola is to our country, we should be ever so proud of her achievements so far. I hope she plays more romantic/sentimental tracks in future albums and ones the general public know. She does everything with such grace.
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Well, here's a responsibility! The first review of a new album from one of the best musicians (and modern day people!) to come from Scotland.

I have to admit that my wife and I are real fans of this remakable young woman. We've been lucky enough to hear her many times in concert and have met her on a number of occasions and have always been impressed by her musicianship and personality.

However, how is the new album? Well, there is a nagging feeling that it hovers very close to being 'cross over'. And why has this been released on the Decca label rather than Deutsche Grammophone which is where Benedetti started her recording career?

At least, musically, all is good. The soloist is given good support from the conductor and orchestra and the recording is immediate and detailed. The main work is the Korngold Concerto and Benedetti plays it well if, (inevitably), not reaching the heights of the work's dedicatee, a certain Mr. Jascha Heifetz. There have been other fine recordings including Anne-Sophie Mutter and Gil Shaham. (Both with Previn and the LSO). I would suggest that she is about 98% as good as these players and if there are occasionally moments (and only moments) where there is a feeling of being slightly 'bogged down' then it perhaps because her colleagues ever so slightly fail to meld with her vision of the work.

The other works on the album are, a curate's egg. For me, the Hess, (Ladies in Lavender), Marianelli (Jane Eyre) and Shore (Eastern Promises) are instantly forgettable no matter how well they are played. (It takes a Heifetz to make a silk purse from a sow's ear). Predictably, The Shostakovitch, Mahler and Korngold pieces are much better and are brought to life impeccably.
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