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Marsalis: Violin Concerto & Fiddle Dance Suite / Benedetti, Macelaru, Philadelphia Orchestra

Release Date: 07/12/2019 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 003052102  
Composer:  Wynton Marsalis
Performer:  Nicola Benedetti
Conductor:  Cristian Macelaru
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Nicola Benedetti’s new album on Decca Classics features world premiere recordings of two works written especially for her by Grammy-winning jazz icon Wynton Marsalis: Violin Concerto in D and Fiddle Dance Suite for Solo Violin. Benedetti is joined by The Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Cristian Macelaru.



INNOVATION: Fusing Classical, Jazz, Celtic influences and other musical traditions.

FIRST: first time Marsalis has written for classical violin.

LEGACY: an iconic new work renewing the rich US tradition of jazz-infused classical music stretching back to Bernstein and Gershwin.

COLLABORATION: Virtuoso classical violinist &
Read more Grammy Award-winning Jazz icon working together.


Marsalis gives his muse, Nicola Benedetti, plenty to get her teeth into. A couple of big cadenzas tap into her Celtic roots and show off her technical prowess. Fiddle Dance Suite sits somewhere between Bach’s unaccompanied Partitas and a Celtic shindig, though the jazzer’s personality is reflected in the way it feels like music created in the playing of it. Honestly, it’s hard to believe it’s written down at all.

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Works on This Recording

Concerto for Violin in D Major by Wynton Marsalis
Performer:  Nicola Benedetti (Violin)
Conductor:  Cristian Macelaru
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
Date of Recording: 11/04/2017 
Venue:  Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, PA 
Fiddle Dance Suite by Wynton Marsalis
Performer:  Nicola Benedetti (Violin)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
Date of Recording: 11/04-2017 
Venue:  Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, PA 

Customer Reviews

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 Fine Fiddling March 17, 2020 By M. Bishop (Clackamas, OR) See All My Reviews "Nicola Benedetti does excellent work in performing the music on this album. The music, created by Wynton Marsalis for Benedetti, reveals that there is a short distance between jazz and Benedetti’s Scottish roots. The music as played by Benedetti has contemporary, urban foundations, as evinced in the first movement of the violin concerto, with remnants of Marsalis’ New Orleans culture coming through throughout the piece. The Philadelphia Orchestra accompanies Benedetti well during the violin concerto, and it plays at its best when executing the lush chordal tones that appear from time to time in the concerto orchestration. The sound quality is full of life. I highly recommend this album." Report Abuse
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