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Sol Gabetta and Nicola Benedetti lead an extraordinary new generation of female string players / The Daily Mail

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There's an extraordinary generation of young female string players out there right now, few better than the Argentinian cellist Sol Gabetta and the Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti. Just how excellent Sol Gabetta is, and has been for at least a decade, is obvious from this Sony two-CD sampler, which is as good as it gets as an introduction to the joys of the cello. Normally, I wouldn't rave about a compilation because you generally get just odd movements, but this one is different. 

In Benedetti's new recording of Shostakovich's First Violin Concerto, a work of searing intensity which lay in Shostakovish's drawer for seven years until Stalin was safely dead. Its premiere, by the legendary David Oistrakh, rightly created a sensation, and it's a tribute to the fragile-looking Benedetti how much power she brings to bear in what has to be regarded as a real success for her, showing this young violinist's formidable powers in an entirely different and unexpected light.

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