In Nicola Benedetti’s recent visit to the studios of Classic FM, the U.K.’s most popular classical music station, she talked about what makes the Shostakovich Violin Concerto so utterly devastating. The Shostakovich is featured in her new Decca album release. Here is her guide to Shostakovich’s masterpiece.
The concerto opens with an unsettling Nocturne:
And here’s a clip from the first movement Nocturne:
Next, Shostakovich turns to something altogether more wild:
Here’s Nicola playing part of this hair-raising movement:
At the heart of the piece is a third movement of depth and darkness:
Here’s part of that fiendish cadenza she mentions:
The final movement of the concerto is a Burlesque – a genre in the arts which is part satire, part caricature:
Nicola Benedetti talks about her Stradivarius violin:
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