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Nicola Benedetti - Scottish Fantasy / WCRB ' CD Of the Week'

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It's seems incredible that Max Bruch never visited Scotland. The Scottish landscape- equal parts rugged and charming, bleeds through every note of his signature "Scottish Fantasy." A violin concerto in all but name, "Scottish Fantasy" takes selections from traditional Scots folk music and merges them with Bruch's own German romanticism.

In this album, premier Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti begins with the distinctive violin solo that sits atop Bruch's masterpiece, but soon delves deeper into the "Fantasy" itself, and beyond it, arranging folk music that sits in the heart of the Scottish reality, so to speak. A Scot herself, Benedetti's take feels as wild as the Scottish homeland, and as dignified as its people.

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