Nicola Benedetti Shostakovich & Glazunov; Violin Concerto

Nicola Benedetti - Shostakovich & Glazunov: Violin Concerto (2016) [TR24][OF]

Nicola Benedetti - Shostakovich & Glazunov: Violin Concerto
Classical | FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | 58:57 min | 1.09 GB | Digital booklet
Label: Decca | Tracks: 08 | 2016

Sensational violinist Nicola Benedetti returns with a riveting recording of Shostakovichs monumental Violin Concerto (No. 1). This new recording follows Benedettis chart-topping success with Bruchs Scottish Fantasy (Homecoming, 2014) and Korngolds Violin Concerto (Silver Violin, 2012).
Nicola Benedetti, Bournemouth SO, Kirill Karabits - Dmitri Shostakovich, Alexander Glazunov: Violin Concertos (2016)

Dmitri Shostakovich, Alexander Glazunov: Violin Concertos (2016)
Nicola Benedetti, violin; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Kirill Karabits, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 281 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 144 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 478 8758 | Time: 00:59:03

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.