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Nicola Benedetti - Scottish Fantasy / WCLV October Choice CD

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Each month, WCLV - Cleveland Program Director Bill O'Connell selects a series of special CDs to be featured on the air throughout the month. For his October list, Bill has selected . Here are the highlighted tracks and airdates Bill has chosen and a few of his comments from about why this disc is a standout.

Despite her Italian heritage, Nicola Benedetti is Scottish through and through and she presents a program bringing together Scottish folk artists and a Scottish orchestra. Songs such as Loch Lomond and My Love is Like a Red Red Rose are included, featuring collaborations with leading Scottish folk musicians Phil Cunningham (accordion) and Aly Bain (fiddle). Ms. Benedetti performs Bruch's Scottish Fantasy with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. She is passionate about promoting music education and is a patron of Sistema Scotland's ‘Big Noise' project, a music initiative partnered with Venezuela's iconic El Sistema. Her last album The Silver Violin spent 7 weeks at No. 1 in UK classical charts and was the highest-charting classical instrumental album in the UK since Nigel Kennedy in 1991, even reaching No. 32 in the pop charts. She was appointed a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2013 and her following both in the UK and abroad continues to grow. 

Homecoming: A Scottish Fantasy - Nicola Benedetti, violin; BBC Scottish Symphony/Rory Macdonald (Decca 21290)  - Featured Tue 10/7, Thu 10/16, Mon 10/27