Nicola Benedetti, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Kirill Karabits – Shostakovich / Glazunov (2016)

Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich, Alexander Glazunov

Composition: Violin Concertos

Performers: Nicola Benedetti, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Kirill Karabits

Released: Decca / 2016

Sourse of information: Allmusic.com Buy on Amazon

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This has the look of a career-making recording from Scots violinist Nicola Benedetti, putting her up against difficult repertory that diverges from the crowd-pleasing fare that formed the basis of her career up to this album. It would have been hard to predict just how well she pulls off her task here; few could have heard the profound interpreter of Russian music in the Italia and Silver Violin collections from earlier in the 2010s. The Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 99, is an emotionally thorny work in five movements anchored by a tense passacaglia in the middle. The composer withheld it from publication during the period of renewed Stalinist repression in the late 1940s. It was premiered in 1955 by David Oistrakh, and in endurance and elevated tone even if not quite in lyrical grandeur, Benedetti brings that master to mind. Sample the Stravinskian “Burlesque” finale for a sense of how Benedetti gets outside herself here. The Glazunov Violin Concerto, Op. 82, is a more stable work, rooted in pre-WWI conservatory traditions, and Benedetti’s reading is nothing short of letter-perfect. Her sense of ensemble with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under Kirill Karabits is so natural that it’s hard to tell who’s running the show. A real artistic triumph for one of the U.K.’s most exciting young musicians. (source: Allmusic)

Nicola Benedetti, violin
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Kirill Karabits, conductor

01. Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No.1 In A Minor, Op.99 (Formerly Op.77) – 1. Nocturne (Moderato)
02. Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No.1 In A Minor, Op.99 (Formerly Op.77) – 2. Scherzo (Allegro)
03. Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No.1 In A Minor, Op.99 (Formerly Op.77) – 3. Passacaglia (Andante)
04. Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No.1 In A Minor, Op.99 (Formerly Op.77) – 3a Cadenza
05. Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No.1 In A Minor, Op.99 (Formerly Op.77) – 4. Burlesque (Allegro con brio – Presto)
06. Glazunov: Violin Concerto In A Minor, Op.82 – 1. Moderato
07. Glazunov: Violin Concerto In A Minor, Op.82 – 2. Andante
08. Glazunov: Violin Concerto In A Minor, Op.82 – 3. Allegro

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