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Nicola Benedetti finds the soul of Shostakovich / Texas Public Radio

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About eight minutes into the first movement of Dmitri Shostakovich's first violin concerto, with soloist Nicola Benedetti, the orchestra trades melodies with the solo violin. The whole movement has been a dense musical search, and if it doesn't exactly open into a clearing, there is a sense of orchestra and soloist working in perfect harmony. I thought to myself, "That's some pretty good soundboard mixing" until I remembered I was merely listening to a perfect melding of soloist and ensemble! Benedetti's in sync with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra on this album, featuring both the moody Shostakovich and a sparkling concerto by Alexander Glazunov.

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