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Sensational violinist Nicola Benedetti returns with a riveting recording of
Shostakovich's mo­n­umental Violin Concerto (No. 1). This new recording
follows Benedetti's chart-toppin­g success with Bruch's Scottish Fantasy
(Homecoming, 2014) and Korngold's Violin Concerto (Silver Violin, 2012)

Benedetti's own encounter with Russian music-making began in her
childhood, the seriousness and intensity making a powerful impact on the young
violinist: “I was thrust into a different world” says Nicola, “a little
terrifying, extremely demanding but so loving, so warm”

Together with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and conductor Kirill
Karabits, the dark, introspective Shostakovich Violin Concerto is brought to
life in a compelling performance packed full of energy, powerful torment, and
breath-taking passion. The demonic scherzo notches up intensity; the passionate
third movement - possibly one of the finest in the canon of violin
concertos - has a grand magnificence; and the astonishing Burlesque rounds
off this visceral recording

A work with a tormented history itself - the hostile political
environment of Russian state censorship at the time of composition in the
1940's meant that Shostakovich kept the concerto unpublished until after
Stalin's death - it was first performed in 1955 by David Oistrakh, and
immediately highly regarded internationally

Programmed alongside Shostakovich's as­s­ertive, uncompromising
masterpiece, is Glazunov's bold, colourful Violin Concerto. A late-Romantic
work, the Glazunov is notable for its lyricism; Benedetti's ge­nero­us,

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