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Nicola Benedetti & Royal Scottish National Orchestra under Peter Oundjian (conductor) played The Usher Hall on Friday 7th October. The program included: Khachaturian, Waltz from Masquerade: Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto: Rachmaninov, Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 27.  

That every seat in the Usher Hall was taken is no small tribute to Scotland's own very popular Nicola Benedetti. Though a much troubled man, Tchaikovsky had composed his Violin Concerto in D major in just 15 days in 1878. A problem arose when Leopold Auer, to whom the work was originally dedicated, considered it unplayable. Not so for Nicola Benedetti. The violin solo part takes the lead throughout; there is little rest and a great deal to have memorised. There was a hint that Nicola was rushing along, perhaps just too keen to keep up the pace she had set. This mattered little to the audience in the abundant applause. I am not a great fan of encores and so I pay tribute to Nicola Benedetti, once the applause had died down, for telling us she believed an encore would be a downer. Instead there were a few well chosen words for the Orchestra she had played with regularly since a teenager, and for its 125th anniversary.