Italia

Nicola Benedetti

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Italia Review

by Blair Sanderson

From the start of her career, violinist Nicola Benedetti has shown strong interest in playing a variety of works, from big Romantic blockbusters, such as concertos by Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky and Max Bruch, to compositions by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Karol Szymanowski, John Tavener, and James MacMillan. Judging from these choices, one might expect her to stick with the 19th and 20th century repertoire, yet for Italia, her 2011 Decca release, she has made a surprising leap back in time to the Baroque era of Antonio Vivaldi, Giuseppe Tartini, and Francesco Veracini. Accompanied by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Christian Curnyn, Benedetti plays with brilliant virtuosity, absolute clarity, and a gentle, dolce tone that makes her performances especially personal and attractive. The minimal vibrato in Benedetti's playing gives it an authentic sheen, which is complemented by the ensemble's period sound in the concertos, as well as by the scintillating continuo part in the sonatas. Two of Vivaldi's vocal works in violin arrangements are included, "Vedrò con mio diletto" from Il Giustino, and the solo motet, Nulla in mundo pax sincera, both of which Benedetti offers with affecting sincerity and charm. Add to the exceptionally stylish playing the resonant performance space, and Decca's flawless reproduction, which captures the performances with full luster, and this album will be regarded as one of Benedetti's most appealing and popular.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Concerto for violin and strings in D major, RV 208 "Grosso Mogul"
1 Nicola Benedetti 05:29 Amazon
2 Nicola Benedetti 02:38 Amazon
3 Nicola Benedetti 06:42 Amazon
Il Giustino, RV 717
4 Nicola Benedetti 04:25 Amazon
Sonata in G minor for violin and continuo g5 "Devil's Trill"
5 Nicola Benedetti 04:35 Amazon
6 Nicola Benedetti 03:48 Amazon
7 Nicola Benedetti 05:32 Amazon
La Cetra. Concerto for violin and strings in A minor, Op. 9/5, RV 358
8 Nicola Benedetti 02:56 Amazon
9 Nicola Benedetti 01:58 Amazon
10 Nicola Benedetti 03:10 Amazon
Sonate Accademiche in A minor, Op. 2/6
11 Nicola Benedetti 03:44 Amazon
Concerto for violin, strings and continuo in A minor, D 115
12 Nicola Benedetti 04:33 Amazon
13 Nicola Benedetti 05:00 Amazon
14 Nicola Benedetti 05:29 Amazon
Nulla in mundo pax sincera, RV 530
15 Nicola Benedetti 07:06 Amazon
The Four Seasons. Concerto in G minor for violin and strings, Op. 8/2, RV 315 "Summer"
16 Nicola Benedetti 04:46 Amazon
17 Nicola Benedetti 02:12 Amazon
18 Nicola Benedetti 02:41 Amazon
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