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Nicola Benedetti Plays Szymanowski, Chausson, Saint-Saëns
Karol Szymanowski, Camille Saint-Saens, Ernest Chausson
Nicola Benedetti Plays Szymanowski, Chausson, Saint-SaŽns
Genres: Pop, Classical
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RBSProds | Deep in the heart of Texas | 04/25/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Five BLAZING Stars!! Award-winning Scottish violin prodigy Nicola Benedetti continues her rise in musical maturity and expansiveness with these dazzling performances. In her debut CD, the teen phenom displays awesome talent, patience, and determination in presenting one of her favorite award-winning programs, among other sterling performances. And she is BRILLIANT. Daniel Harding and the London Symphony Orchestra are no less brilliant in providing stunning support to this rising star. This is truly awe-inspiring, highly introspective music.

The 'Pieces De Resistance' begin with a sensational 10 minute "Havanaise in E for Violin and Orchestra" by Saint-Saens, which allows her to both show off her brilliant technique and produce bowed fireworks. This is followed by a blazing performance of the work which she performed when she won the BBC Young Musician of the Year award, a truly wonderful and complex Szymanowski "Violin Concerto No 1" with breathtaking support from the LSO. Also check out her spectacular 'soliloquies' during Chausson's "Poeme for Violin and Orchestra, Op 25", so exposed and so brilliant. The world premier of "Fragment for the Virgin", written by Sir John Tavener for Nicola is performed so poignantly as she shows her awesome control using the portamento technique. "It Ain't Necessarily So" is pure convoluted gratuitous enjoyment for her and us. Look up prodigy in the dictionary and you'll see "Nicky" pictured there. Highly Recomended! Five BLAZING Stars!!!

*Track 9. Meditation from Thais - Massenet is the LSO background track without Nicola's violin.
*Track 10. The sizzling "It Ain't Necessarily So" from "Porgy & Bess" (Recorded Live At Angel Studios) is a Bonus Track, only available from ITunes.
*Trivia: Nicola plays a 1751 Petrus Guarnerius of Venice violin.
*This review is based on a 10 track ITunes Music Store download with 3 page digital booklet.)"
Mary Templeton | Paris, TX USA | 01/03/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"To find such skill in someone so young is wonderful. These are some difficult pieces, beautifully played."