Nicola Benedetti - Szymanowski - Chausson - Saint-Saëns (Bonus Version)
Daniel Harding, London Symphony Orchestra & Nicola Benedetti
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this cd is spectacular! I suggest this to any young violinist because it has a digital booklet so anyone could simply learn the music!
This album will make anybody appreciate classical music. I never was into classical until hearing Nicola Benedetti play live in concert. She makes classical music enjoyable to listen. She has so much energy when playing that reflects her true personality. I could finally buy a classical music album that I could listen to the whole album through!
She's beautiful, but her bow is more so!
When I bought this disc, I was in fact, looking for Nicola's second disc, but since I found it only on Amazon.co.uk, I have to assume that it has not been released in the US yet :( Anyway, I got her debut and was blown away. I love classical music and yet the actual amount of variety that I've been exposed to is very limited, and that is one of the reasons I so love this disc. Not only does Nicola Benedetti create a sound that is more engaging, creative, rule-breaking, technically astounding (for one so young) and almost carefree, but she has wonderful actual tastes in the music itself! The Szymanowski concerto is breathtaking with its mystical, almost experimentory sounds and pleasingly unusual instrumentation, and played to the nines by Benedetti. The concerto is nicely contrasted with the beautiful, rhytmically engaing Havanaise by Saint-Saens, a peice that is all around appealing. Note the bass line in the cellos for the best part! The brilliance of coloring on both Benedetti and the orchestra's part on Chausson's Poeme is mind-blowing. There is a theme early on which is basically a musical portrait of wind! The Meditation is simply gorgeous on all fronts. It sounds simple but I snuck a sneak peak at the sheet music available on Nicola's website, and there is definetly there than meets the average ear. I was dissappointed by the Brahms, but in this case, I think it is the music itself which is unappealing, therefore, Brahms, a composer very dear to my heart, is at fault here, not Nicola. Tavener's Fragment for the Virgin has a simplistic beauty to it, and a very creative part for the orchestra's strings. Bravo, Nicola Benedetti! Can't wait for the American release of her second disc.