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SHOSTAKOVICH Violin Concerto No. 1 GLAZUNOV Violin Concerto. Nicola Benedetti, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra / Kirill Karabits. Decca

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Shostakovich Glazunov Violin Concerto Nicola Benedetti Kirill Karabits Decca
Shostakovich Glazunov Violin Concerto Nicola Benedetti Kirill Karabits Decca
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4788758
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Shostakovich / Glazunov

Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 99

[1] I. Nocturne: Moderato

[2] II. Scherzo: Allegro

[3] III. Passacaglia: Andante

[4] Cadenza

[5] IV. Burlesque: Allegro con brio – Presto

Glazunov Violin Concerto, Op. 82

[6] Moderato

[7] Andante

[8] Animando - Allegro

Nicola Benedetti, violin

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra / Kirill Karabits

Sensational violinist Nicola Benedetti returns with a riveting recording of Shostakovich’s monumental Violin Concerto (nr. 1)

Benedetti’s own encounter with Russian music-making began in her childhood, the seriousness and intensity making a powerful impact on the young violinist: “I was thrust into a different world” says Nicola, “a little terrifying, extremely demanding but so loving, so warm”

This new recording follows Benedetti’s chart-topping success with Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy (Homecoming, 2014) and Korngold’s Violin Concerto (Silver Violin, 2012)

Playing these demanding works in concert over the last few years, Nicola has developed a close affinity with this music; the Shostakovich bare and revealing in its heartache, the Glazunov glittering like a gem

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

The demonic scherzo notches up intensity; the passionate third movement – possibly one of the finest in the canon of violin concertos – has a grand magnificence; and the astonishing Burlesque rounds off this visceral recording

A work with a tormented history itself – the hostile political environment of Russian state censorship at the time of composition in the 1940’s meant that Shostakovich kept the concerto unpublished until after Stalin’s death – it was first performed in 1955 by David Oistrakh, and immediately highly regarded internationally

Programmed alongside Shostakovich’s assertive, uncompromising masterpiece, is Glazunov’s bold, colourful Violin Concerto

Composing around the turn of the century (the violin concerto dates from 1904), Glazunov – a close friend of Rimsky-Korsakov – made a profound and lasting impression on a young Shostakovich

A late-Romantic work, the Glazunov is notable for its lyricism; Benedetti’s generous, radiant performance is uplifting and finely crafted

Decca Classics 4788758

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Awards BBC Radio 3 Disc of the Week
Format CD
Genre Classical
Label Decca Classics
Release Period July 2016

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