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The Guardian’s 4-star review of Nicola Benedetti’s Decca recording of the Shostakovich/Glazunov Violin Concertos with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra proclaims that this “might just be [her] best recording yet”. Kate Molleson writes: “Two very different 20th-century violin concertos show her at her most generously expressive and succinct, her most agile and commanding. The complete Guardian review can be found here.
The Times also gave a glowing 4-star review of the album. Richard Morrison found that “Benedetti captures all [challenges and emotion] with a stunning array of timbres …” Click here for the full Times review.
Keith Bruce of the The Herald Scotland said: “It may be her most important release yet. Every note Dmitri Shostakovich wrote comes freighted with the baggage of the 20th century, and the long-suppressed First Violin Concerto is no exception, and from its mysterious beginning to its Burlesque finale, Benedetti gets to the core of the music, with Karabits and the orchestra in eloquent support every step of the way. Its five-movement 50 minutes are probably the best work she has done in the studio so far and will become a favoured recording of the piece for many.” Read the full Herald review here.
Ben East of The National writes: “That’s Benedetti for you. She’ll say that a piece is ‘dreamy and a bit more fun’ – as she does of the Glazunov – but still lend it an urgency and vitality which, in the end, is why she is so important to classical music’s future. She’s said that she wants people who come to a concert for the first time to be blown away. Her performance of Shostakovich does just that. It’s brilliant.” Click here to read the entire review.