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Best-selling Scottish virtuoso Nicola Benedetti moves dramatically from the 18th-century world of Italia to the 20th-century world of cinema.
As a long-time champion of the lush Violin Concerto by the great stage and screen composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Nicola Benedetti has chosen to build a programme around his late Romantic concerto masterpiece.
This unique collection of violin classics, written specifically for the movies, includes the poignant lament from Schindler’s List.
Dmitri Shostakovich, recognised as the Soviet Union’s greatest film composer, is represented by the beloved Gadfly Romance, as well as the similarly lyrical Andante from the film The Counterplan
The contemporary British cinema is represented by the haunting main theme and specially-composed Fantasy for Violin & Orchestra from the 2004 hit Ladies in Lavender
John Williams: Schindler's List
Korngold: Die Tote Stadt
Tanzlied Des Pierrot (Arr. Franz Willms)
Gardel: Tango - Por Una Cabeza
Tango - Por Una Cabeza
Shostakovich: The Gadfly, Op. 97
3. Youth (Romance)
Korngold: Violin Concerto In D Major, Op.35
1. Moderato Nobile
2. Romance: Andante
3. Finale: Allegro Assai Vivace
Hess: Ladies In Lavender
Shostakovich: "The Counterplan", Op.33 - Music From The Film
Marianelli: My Edward & I (From "Jayne Eyre")
My Edward & I
Shore: Concertino From "Eastern Promises"
Mahler: Piano Quartet In A Minor (1876) Quartet For Piano, Violin, Viola And Cello
1. Nicht Zu Schnell
Shostakovich: Five Pieces For 2 Violins & Piano
1. Prelude (Arr. Atovmyan)
Korngold: Die Tote Stadt
Mariettas Lied (Act 1)
Nicola Benedetti introduces her new album
A short film by Mike Daye inspired by Nicola Benedetti's track 'Mariettas Lied'.
24th August 2012
“Benedetti decorates this repertoire with gleaming high-register pirouettes, plus vibrato throbs and hesitations that never descend into schmaltz...Such good taste is a pleasure, though her discretion can make the music paler than necessary.”
26th August 2012
“The lush, romantic sound of Hollywood – 1930s to the present – suits her well”
“Benedetti's decision to place [the Concerto] in this particular context actually serves to enhance its musical stature. Certainly her performance is beautifully honed with a particularly atmospheric account of the central Andante...she has an instinctive grasp of the ebb and flow of Korngold's melodic lines and avoids the obvious temptation of becoming overtly mannered in order to intensify the musical expression.”
The Arts Desk
27th October 2012
“Benedetti’s latest album has lots to commend it...Karabits and the Bournemouth Symphony provide full-blooded backing. Extracts from two Shostakovich film scores are indecently enjoyable”
“her broadly romantic approach and genuine affection for this Hollywood-inspired concerto shine out...Benedetti is joined by star accordionist Ksenija Sidorova in a show-stopping performance which will have you on your feet! The warm acoustic of the Decca recording comes in appropriate widescreen sound.”
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