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Homecoming: A Scottish Fantasy / Nicola Benedetti, violin with Julie Fowlis, Phil Cunningham & Aly Bain

Album Summary

>Bruch, Max [Composer] : Scottish Fantasy, for violin & orchestra, Op. 46
>Traditional, English : Ae Fond Kiss, folk song
>Unspecified : Auld Lang Syne with variations
>Traditional, Scottish : My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose
>Skinner, James Scott : The Hurricane
>Traditional, Scottish : Banks Hornpipe
>Cunningham, Phil : Aberlady
>Traditional, Scottish : Bothan a bh' aig Fionnghuala
>Cunningham, Phil : The Gentle Light That Wakes Me
>Traditional, Scottish : Coisich a Rùin, folk song
>Traditional, Scottish : Loch Lomond
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Nicola Benedetti presents a Scottish program for the year that sees Scotland in the limelight - bringing together Scottish folk artists and a Scottish orchestra Nicola Benedetti celebrates an important year for Scotland with an album of its most famous and best-loved music, featuring songs such as Loch Lomond, My Love is Like a Red Red Rose and more

The album also includes collaborations with leading Scottish folk musicians including well-known folk singer Julie Fowlis (whose voice can be heard on the Disney/Pixar hit film, Brave), along with Phil Cunningham (accordion) and Aly Bain (fiddle)

Nicola performs Bruch's much loved Scottish Fantasy with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. 2014 is Scotland's year. In July, Glasgow hosts the Commonwealth Games. In September, the Scottish people will go to the polls in an Independence Referendum and the Ryder Cup comes to Scotland

Nicola Benedetti was born in Scotland and is fiercely proud of her Scottish roots. She is passionate about promoting music education and is a patron of Sistema Scotland's 'Big Noise' project, a music initiative partnered with Venezuela's iconic El Sistéma.

Nicola is the most nominated UK female artist in the Classic BRITs history. Her last album 'The Silver Violin' spent 7 weeks at No.1 in UK classical charts and was the highest-charting classical instrumental album in the UK since Nigel Kennedy in 1991, reaching No.32 in the pop charts. She was appointed a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2013 and her following both in the UK and abroad continues to grow.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
In May I saw Nicola Benedetti play the Scottish Fantasy with the Cincinnati Symphony. She is a very sexy woman, and many in the audience probably judged by what they saw rather than what they heard. What I heard was a perfectly acceptable Scottish Fantasy. The tempos and relationships were ideal, and nothing was brushed over or distorted.

The Times, 4th July 2014
As visions of Scotland go, Homecoming is exceedingly romantic. Benedetti's stylistic position has always been middle-of-the-road: nothing too extreme attempted, no piercing interpretations, easy listening guaranteed. And there's no swerving off course here.

Gramophone Magazine, September 2014
Her assured technique sees her through all the formidable obstacles en route...The BBC Scottish SO conducted by Rory MacDonald share Benedetti's rapport with this music, playing from the heart...Her infectious way with the reels would brighten up any Hogmanay or Burns night.

Notes & Reviews:

Nicola Benedetti's Homecoming: A Scottish Fantasy is the violinist's tribute to her native land, in celebration of Scotland's Year of Homecoming 2014. Of primary interest to classical fans is Max Bruch's Scottish Fantasy in E flat major, a large-scale Romantic concerto based on Scottish folk music, and Benedetti gives a transparent and brilliant performance that alleviates some of the work's heavy Germanic character. Bruch's free use of Scottish folk songs as themes, including some melodies of Robert Burns, suggested the three arrangements that immediately follow it, Ae fond kiss; My love is like a red, red, rose; and Auld Lang Syne, three of the poet's best-known songs. The rest of the program consists of other traditional Scottish tunes, and Benedetti pours her warmest expressions into these airs. In two songs, Bothan a bh'aig Fionnghuala and Coisich a Rúin, Benedetti is joined by Julie Fowlis, whose fluent delivery in Gaelic gives the songs authentic color and texture. Even though this album has been promoted in connection with public festivities, such as the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup, it is actually a personal and intimate album, thanks to Benedetti's ingratiating playing and the poignant tone of many of the selections. ~ Blair Sanderson



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>Bruch, Max [Composer] : Scottish Fantasy, for violin & orchestra, Op. 46
  • Performer: Nicola Benedetti (Violin)
  • Conductor: Rory MacDonald
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: Scotland.
  • Running Time: 30 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Traditional, English : Ae Fond Kiss, folk song
  • Performer: Nicola Benedetti (Violin)
  • Conductor: Rory MacDonald
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.

>Unspecified : Auld Lang Syne with variations
  • Performer: Nicola Benedetti (Violin)
  • Conductor: Rory MacDonald
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Traditional, Scottish : My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose
  • Performer: Nicola Benedetti (Violin)
  • Conductor: Rory MacDonald
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1794-1797

>Skinner, James Scott : The Hurricane
  • Performers: Nicola Benedetti (Violin); Tony Byrne (Guitar); Phil Cunningham (Accordion); Eamon Doorley (Bouzouki); Ewen Vernal (Double Bass)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Traditional, Scottish : Banks Hornpipe
  • Performers: Nicola Benedetti (Violin); Phil Cunningham (Accordion)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Cunningham, Phil : Aberlady
  • Performers: Nicola Benedetti (Violin); Phil Cunningham (Accordion)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Traditional, Scottish : Bothan a bh' aig Fionnghuala
  • Performers: Nicola Benedetti (Violin); Tony Byrne (Guitar); Duncan Chisholm (Fiddle); Phil Cunningham (Accordion); Eamon Doorley (Bouzouki); Julie Fowlis (Voice); Julie Fowlis (Whistle); James MacIntosh (Percussion); Michael McGoldrick (Flute); Ewen Vernal (Double Bass)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 13 sec.

>Cunningham, Phil : The Gentle Light That Wakes Me
  • Performers: Aly Bain (Fiddle); Nicola Benedetti (Violin); Phil Cunningham (Accordion); Phil Cunningham (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Traditional, Scottish : Coisich a Rùin, folk song
  • Performers: Nicola Benedetti (Violin); Tony Byrne (Guitar); Phil Cunningham (Accordion); Eamon Doorley (Bouzouki); Julie Fowlis (Voice); Ewen Vernal (Double Bass)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.

>Traditional, Scottish : Loch Lomond
  • Performer: Nicola Benedetti (Violin)
  • Conductor: Rory MacDonald
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 25 sec.
  • Written: by 1841