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Benedetti Nicola

Catalogue # 4764342

Nicola Benedetti’s debut album on the Decca label is her first recording of baroque violin repertoire Recorded in Edinburgh, the album celebrates Nicola Benedetti’s Scottish-Italian heritage as she plays virtuoso Italian masterpieces, accompanied by the leading chamber orchestra of her native country.

The album highlights baroque favourites including Summer from Vivaldi’s ever-popular Four Seasons and Tartini’s famous Devil’s Trill sonata, for which Nicola is joined by a hand-picked chamber ensemble.

The generous selection ranges from the sparkling virtuosity of the opening Vivaldi Concerto Grosso Mogul, to the poignant lament of the Veracini Largo and the lyrical beauty of the two arrangements of Vivaldi vocal works, including the haunting Nulla in mundo pax sincera.

The orchestra is directed from the harpsichord by leading baroque specialist Christian Curnyn.

Tartini:
Violin Sonata in G minor ‘Devil’s Trill’
Violin Concerto in A minor D115

Veracini:
Largo from Sonata No. 6 in A Major (Sonate accademiche, Op. 2)

Vivaldi:
Concerto for Violin “Il Grosso Mogul” in D major RV 208
Vedro con mio diletto (from Giustino)
Concerto No. 5 in A minor RV 358
Nulla in mundo pax sincera, motet for soprano, strings & continuo, RV 630
The Four Seasons: Summer, RV315

Nicola Benedetti (violin)

Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Christian Curnyn

Review

With each new disc Benedetti continues to dazzle and on her debut album on the Decca label, the talented and glamorous Nicola Benedetti tackles the world of the Italian baroque violin. The majority of works here are by Vivaldi but there are pieces by Tartini, his famous Devils Trill sonata and Veracini’s Largo from sonata no. 6 in G major. However, the two works on this recording that really grabbed my attention are the arrangements of arias by Vivaldi, transcribed for the violin from the sacred motet Nulla in mundo pax sincera and one from the opera Giustino both really demonstrate the beauty and skill of Benedetti’s playing. The support from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra under the skillful baton of Christian Curnyn is excellent.

Phil Richards is from Readings Carlton

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