August CD of the Month: Benedetti Performs

I enjoy the artistry of violinist Nicola Benedetti. Here are details about her new recording:


Nicola Benedetti plays Shostakovich & Glazunov Violin Concertos


  • Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 82


  • Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 99

As performed by Nicola Benedetti (violin), with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kirill Karabits.

Sensational violinist Nicola Benedetti returns with a riveting recording of Shostakovich’s monumental Violin Concerto (No. 1). This new recording follows Benedetti’s major success with Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy and Korngold’s Violin Concerto.

Benedetti’s own encounter with Russian music-making began in her childhood, the seriousness and intensity making a powerful impact on the young violinist: “I was thrust into a different world” says Nicola, “a little terrifying, extremely demanding but so loving, so warm”.

Together with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and conductor Kirill Karabits, the dark, introspective Shostakovich Violin Concerto is brought to life in a compelling performance packed full of energy and breath-taking passion.

The concerto was first performed in 1955 by David Oistrakh, and immediately highly regarded internationally.

Glazunov’s Violin Concerto, a late-Romantic work, is notable for its lyricism; Benedetti’s generous, radiant performance is uplifting and beautifully played, as well.

Here is an album sampler from this new recording:


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