Glowing reviews for Benedetti’s Florida tour with Royal Scots

Glowing reviews for Benedetti’s Florida tour with Royal Scots

Nicola Benedetti in performance with Peter Oundjian and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra at Sarasota’s Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall as part of their 8-concert tour

The reviews are in and they are 5 stars! Critics have heaped praise onto Nicola Benedetti, Maestro Peter Oundjian and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra for their tour performances around Florida!

Keith Bruce of the Herald Scotland wrote in his 5-star review of the Sarasota performance: “On a tour that is nearing the bullseye on both promotional and artistic targets with each successive performance, Benedetti is the main attraction, and her increasingly confident command of the Brahms Violin Concerto has been the most exciting journey of the orchestra’s tour, with the rapport between herself, conductor Peter Oundjian and the players at its most complete here.”

Of the West Palm Beach performance, Keith Bruce, again for the Herald Scotland, wrote: “Soloist Nicola Benedetti was at the top of her game on both the Bruch concerto she clearly loves so well and on the Brahms which we now know we can also hear her play with Ivan Fischer’s Budapest Festival Orchestra at the Edinburgh Festival in August.”

Marcio Bezerra of the Palm Beach Daily News wrote: “Joined by stunning violinist Nicola Benedetti, the Royal Scottish Orchestra gave an authoritative reading [of the Brahms Violin Concerto]. Benedetti’s muscular tone and solid technique were impressive, and the musical rapport between her and Oundjian was obvious throughout the performance.”

Matthew Nichols, also of the Palm Beach Daily News, wrote: “Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor provides a lot of musical information, starting with a form that lends itself more to the style of a ‘fantasie,’ but ultimately this concerto should not be described as anything less than breathtaking. Soloist Nicola Benedetti brought her finest violin playing, from her superior handling of the soaring runs and the numerous challenging double stops to the gorgeous tone created in every note. Her voice was brought to the forefront of the second movement, which shows a truly romantic style of writing that demands to be played with deep emotion from the soloist. The final movement was yet another marathon of double stops and runs, which truly give this piece the distinction of being a concerto.”

David Rice of Classical Source wrote of the West Palm Beach performance: “Nicola Benedetti gave a muscular performance of Brahms’s Violin Concerto. Oundjian and the RSNO set the stage with a fine account of the introduction and were more partners than accompanists throughout. Benedetti drove forward aggressively, with brilliant technique in complex passagework and in Joachim’s cadenza, with the dolce transition back to the principal theme a memorable moment. In the Adagio, Adrian Wilson’s gorgeous oboe solo was echoed by Benedetti, who drew a lush tone from her 1717 Stradivarius. In the Gypsy-tinged Finale, her instrument sang out sweetly and she dashed off intricate figures.”

To access the full articles
Herald Scotland’s Brahms Review from Sarasota’s Brahms Review from Sarasota
Herald Scotland’s Brahms and Bruch Review from West Palm Beach
Palm Beach Herald’s Brahms Review from West Palm Beach
Palm Beach Herald’s Bruch Review from West Palm Beach
Classical Source’s Brahms Review from West Palm Beach
Palm Beach Arts Paper Feature Article
Dayton Beach News-Journal Feature Article