Nicola Benedetti and Wynton Marsalis album receives praise (Photo credit: Jake Turney)
The release of the long-awaited Decca Classics album featuring our mighty trio of artists – violinist Nicola Benedetti, composer Wynton Marsalis and conductor Cristian Macelaru – has prompted many reviews and features in the past few weeks. Check them out below!
Inge Kjemtrup from Strings Magazine praised, “Coming to the concerto for the first time via the new recording, I was struck by how the first movement, Rhapsody, is almost a world onto itself.”
WQXR features a conversation with Benedetti, Marsalis and WQXR’s Elliott Forrest about the new album.
WFMT featured it as album of the week!
Ken Walton’s 4-star review in The Scotsman said, “She embraces the jazziness with wild foot-taping abandon, and brings a redefined lyricism to the table that is ravishing.”
Keith Bruce from the The Herald [Scotland] said, “Benedetti proves herself adept at any folk and blues idiom Marsalis throws her way, in what is a spectacularly virtuosic performance.”
Chris O’Reilly Of Presto Classical featured the album on his ‘New Release’ round-up, along with Yuja Wang and Gustavo Dudamel’s ‘Summer Night Concert.’”
Jason Victor Serinus from Sterophile writes, “I expect every lover of jazz and classical music will want to check out Decca’s new recording of jazz great Wynton Marsalis’ thoroughly engaging Violin Concerto and Fiddle Dance Suite. Both were written for the superb Nicola Benedetti, who joins with Cristian Macelaru and The Philadelphia Orchestra to give us a definitive interpretation, guided by Marsalis.”
Ivan Hewett from The Daily Telegraph writes, “Benedetti throws off the hugely taxing solo part with tenderness and brio, and the Philadelphia Orchestra under Romanian conductor Cristian Macelaru summons an orchestra palette interestingly flavoured with jazz and blues half-lights.”
Edward Seckerson from Gramophone shares in a review, “There’s something about its [Violin Concerto in D] ‘evolution’ that flies in the face of notate music.”
In another Gramophone feature written by Charlotte Gardner, “The concerto (four movements drawing on Western classical music from the Baroque through to the 21st century, plus Marsalis and Benedetti’s combination of African American, Celtic, folk and dance musical roots) is a story of past and progress.”