Nicola Benedetti on Baroque Music, education and Edinburgh

Friday, July 16, 2021

The violinist on her first period instrument album and her Festival residency

Nicola Benedetti's new album - her first period performance release - is out today on Decca Classics and focuses on two composers of the Italian Baroque, Francesco Geminiani, and Antonio Vivaldi. It's accompanied by eight live performances between July 18 and 21 at Battersea Arts Centre - click here for details - and an online education project, the Baroque Virtual Sessions. Then on August 14 the violinist begins a residency at this year's Edinburgh International Festival, featuring music spanning the breadth of her instrument's repertoire and history. In this week's Gramophone podcast she talks to Editor Martin Cullingford about all these projects, as well what it feels like to return to live performance.

Gramophone Podcasts are presented in association with Wigmore Hall, where having streamed more than 300 concerts over the past year, the venue's doors are once again open. See concert listings beneath the player below, and find out more at Wigmore Hall's website.

You can listen to the Podcast below, as well as to Nicola Benedetti's new album on Apple Music. To hear other Gramophone podcasts, or to subscribe for free to new editions, search for 'Gramophone Magazine' in your Podcast application of choice, or visit Gramophone's page on Apple Music podcasts.



Wigmore Hall concerts in the coming week - for full programme details visit Wigmore Hall's website

Saturday, July 17, 7.30pm
Manchester Collective; Ruby Hughes soprano
Beethoven, Caroline Shaw, Debussy and more

Sunday, July 18, 11.30am
Guy Johnston cello; Sam Haywood piano
Beethoven, Grieg and Webern

Sunday, July 18, 3pm
Nardus Williams soprano; Roger Vignoles piano
Duparc, Fauré, Liszt and more

Sunday, July 18, 7.30pm
Friends of Young Artists' Platform
Bach, Beethoven and Franck

Monday, July 19, 7.30pm
Élisabeth Pion piano
Guildhall Wigmore Recital Prizewinner's Concert

Tuesday, July 20, 1.00pm
Stravinsky at Wigmore Hall: a recreation of 20 July 1920

Tuesday, July 20, 7.30pm
The Hermes Experiment
Boulanger, Chaminade, Giles Swayne and more

Wednesday, July 21, 7.30pm
Finghin Collins piano
Chopin, Deirdre Gribbin, Field, Gerald Barry and Schubert

Thursday, July 22, 1.00pm
Dame Jane Glover and Simon Callow
In conversation

Thursday, 22 July 7.30pm
Sacconi Quartet
Haydn, Purcell and Ravel

Friday, July 23, 1.00pm
Marcus Farnsworth baritone; James Cheung piano
Britten, Finzi, Moeran and Vaughan Williams

Friday, July 23, 7.30pm
Susan Tomes piano; Maria Włoszczowska violin; Felix Tanner viola; Philip Higham cello
The Piano - a History in 100 Pieces

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