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Mendelssohn, Mozart, Etc / Benedetti, Macmillan, Asmf


Release Date: 11/14/2006 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 000768202   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  James MacMillanFelix MendelssohnWolfgang Amadeus MozartFranz Schubert
Performer:  Nicola BenedettiSkaila Kanga
Conductor:  James MacMillanNicola Benedetti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 57 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Nicola Benedetti is nothing if not brave. Her debut album focussed on Szymanowski, an ideal first choice for this gifted young player. For the follow-up she’s gone to the other extreme with Mendelssohn’s evergreen E minor Concerto, a work recorded by just about every virtuoso who has ever ventured into the recording studio. It’s a work that requires a very specific kind of sound: lithe, transparent, pure, elegant, fine-spun – all qualities that Benedetti possesses in abundance, and which she shares with the likes of Christian Ferras and Nathan Milstein. Most importantly she plays with the kind of rapt concentration and easy command that has one forgetting the business of comparisons altogether, allowing one to enjoy the freshness of Read more Mendelssohn’s inspiration anew.

The jewel-like slow movement is a particular success: conductor James MacMillan relishes the magical transition into that famous, gently flowing melody, and Benedetti creates a true sotto voce for the reprise – a wonderful moment. Milstein still has the edge, but no one getting to know this glorious score via Benedetti’s account would feel anything less than enchanted.

The Schubert and Mozart miniatures are also beautifully played, but it’s MacMillan’s From Ayrshire that makes the greatest impression here, with its hazy atmospherics, and soaring violin line, sounding for all the world like a latter-day The Lark Ascending in its opening pages. Here Benedetti is at her inspired best, playing the exciting final section with a bracing, invigorating freedom.

-- Julian Haylock, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
From Ayrshire by James MacMillan
Performer:  Nicola Benedetti (Violin)
Conductor:  James MacMillan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Scotland 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, Engl 
Length: 7 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, England (01/26/2006 - 01/27/2006) 
2.
Concerto for Violin in E minor, Op. 64 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Nicola Benedetti (Violin)
Conductor:  James MacMillan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Germany 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, Engl 
Length: 27 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, England (01/26/2006 - 01/27/2006) 
3.
Adagio for Violin and Orchestra in E major, K 261 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Nicola Benedetti (Violin)
Conductor:  Nicola Benedetti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Written: 1776 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, Engl 
Length: 6 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, England (01/26/2006 - 01/27/2006) 
4.
Rondo for Violin and Orchestra no 2 in C major, K 373 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Nicola Benedetti (Violin)
Conductor:  Nicola Benedetti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Written: 1781 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, Engl 
Length: 5 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, England (01/26/2006 - 01/27/2006) 
5.
Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Nicola Benedetti (Violin), Skaila Kanga (Harp)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, Engl 
Length: 5 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangers: Skaila Kanga; August Wilhelmj; Jascha Heifetz.
EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, England (01/26/2006 - 01/27/2006) 
6.
Schwanengesang, D 957: no 4, Ständchen by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Nicola Benedetti (Violin)
Conductor:  James MacMillan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, Engl 
Length: 4 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Ian Stephens.
EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, England (01/26/2006 - 01/27/2006) 

Sound Samples

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op.64: 1. Allegro molto appassionato
Violin Concerto in E minor, Op.64: 2. Andante
Violin Concerto in E minor, Op.64: 3. Allegro non troppo - Allegro molto vivace
Adagio in E, K.261
Rondo in C, K.373
Serenade ("Standchen" No 4 From Schwanengesang D957)
Ave Maria
From Ayrshire: Largo, molto rubato
From Ayrshire: Like a very fast reel

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