Video of the day: Nicola Benedetti plays Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No 1 (complete performance)

Gramophone Thu 18th May 2017

Benedetti is the soloist with the Gothenburg Symphony and Thomas Søndergård

Now this video is completely captivating. Published by the Gothenburg Symphony today, here is Nicola Benedetti performing Shostakovich's First Violin Concerto with an deeply introspective intensity and quite stunning virtuosity. You won't be able to stop watching once you start - so make sure you have a spare 40 minutes before you press the play button!

Benedetti's new recording of this concerto (with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Kirill Karabits) was reviewed by Patrick Rucker in Gramophone August 2016 issue. Rucker wrote: 'Her Shostakovich is impressive. Like Oistrakh on his recording with the Leningrad Philharmonic (under Mravinsky conducting), Benedetti is very forwardly placed so, for instance, we hear less of the gurgling bass clarinet and commentary in the Scherzo. She captures the bleak, crepuscular atmosphere of the long first-movement Nocturne – no moonlit romantic rendezvous here but a dark, dangerous place.' 

For more information about this recording, which pairs the Shostakovich concerto with Glazunov's, please visit: deccaclassics.com

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