Nicola Benedetti‘s new Shostakovich/Glazunov album on Decca Classics is garnering unanimously rave reviews!
The Sunday Times of London named it “Album of the Week” in their August 7th issue: “The Scots violinist comes of age … Benedetti brings searching tone and a wide spectrum of colour to the opening slow Nocturne and the funereal Passacaglia while dispatching the barbaric rhythms and black humour of the Scherzo and Burlesque finale with mordant marcato bowing.” Read more at www.thetimes.co.uk/past-six-days/2016-08-07/culture/on-record-classical-w77knlg3b.
The Times of London gave it 4 stars and called it “Benedetti’s Best Album Yet”: “This riveting performance of Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto (released on July 1) is Nicola Benedetti’s best recording to date.” Read more at www.thetimes.co.uk/article/nicola-benedetti-shostakovich-glazunov-concertos-linus-roth-weinberg-solo-sonatas-qtrc9vzlz.
Classic FM also featured it as “Album of the Week”: “This is surely Nicola Benedetti’s finest album yet.” Read more at www.classicfm.com/discover/album-reviews/9-july-2016/#CluJUT8MpbDp4xcC.97.
Gramophone wrote: “Her Shostakovich is impressive. She captures the bleak, crepuscular atmosphere of the long first-movement Nocturne – no moonlit romantic rendezvous here but a dark, dangerous place. The Scherzo is suitably grotesque, with plenty of muscular bite to her playing, digging into Shostakovich’s ‘DSCH’ musical monogram.”
Chicago’s WFMT featured it as the “New Release of the Day” with 5 stars: Read more at www.blogs.wfmt.com/newreleases/2016/07/11/nicola-benedetti-shostakovich-glazunov-concertos.
Texas Public Radio wrote: “Benedetti finds the soul of Shostakovich”. Read more at www.tpr.org/post/benedetti-finds-soul-shostakovich.