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Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No.1; Glazunov: Violin Concerto / Nicola Benedetti, violin. Kirill Karabits, Bournemouth SO

Album Summary

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Concerto for Violin no 1 in A minor, Op. 77
>Glazunov, Alexander : Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 82
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Sensational violinist Nicola Benedetti returns with a riveting recording of Shostakovich's monumental Violin Concerto No. 1 and the Glazunov Violin Concerto. 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, powerful torment, and breath-taking passion.

BBC Music Magazine, September 2016
After the brief foreboding orchestral introduction of the Shostakovich, Nicola Benedetti steals in quietly, with white, focused tone that continues the mood... this approach is very effective, helped by the recording which allows us to hear Kirill Karabits's control over balance and nuance... [in the Glazunov] her rubato is effective and natural, with a cadenza of freedom and momentum.

Gramophone Magazine, August 2016
[Benedetti's] Shostakovich is impressive... she captures the bleak, crepuscular atmosphere of the long first-movement Nocturne - no moonlit romantic rendezvous here but a dark, dangerous place. The Scherzo is suitably grotesque, with plenty of aggressive, muscular bite to her playing, digging into Shostakovich's 'DSCH' musical monogram.

Sunday Times, 7th August 2016
With this coupling of contrasting concertos by Shostakovich and Glazunov - student and teacher - the Scots violinist comes of age...Benedetti brings searching tone and a wide spectrum of colour to the opening slow Nocturne and the funereal Passacaglia [of the Shostakovich]...Karabits and his Bournemouth players match her bravura in exhilarating finales.

The Guardian, 30th June 2016
This might just be Nicola Benedetti's best recording yet. Two very different 20th-century violin concertos show her at her most generously expressive and succinct, her most agile and commanding...Another big plus is the playing of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under Kirill Karabits, a sound that broods and simmers in the Shostakovich and adds lustrous depth to the Glazunov.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Lighthouse, Poole (04/09/2015/04/10/2015); The Lighthouse, Poole (12/14/2015).



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>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Concerto for Violin no 1 in A minor, Op. 77
  • Performer: Nicola Benedetti (Violin)
  • Conductor: Kirill Karabits
  • Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: The Lighthouse, Poole (04/09/2015/04/10/2015)
  • Running Time: 38 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1947-1948

>Glazunov, Alexander : Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 82
  • Performer: Nicola Benedetti (Violin)
  • Conductor: Kirill Karabits
  • Running Time: 20 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1904