Decca Records has this week announced the release of Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti’s new album: Wynton Marsalis Violin Concerto‘.
Recorded with conductor Cristian Măcelaru and the Philadelphia Orchestra, the disc features Wynton Marsalis‘ newly-premiered Violin Concerto in D Major – and Fiddle Dance Suite.
”I have known Wynton since I was 17 and he has been a musical mentor to me … I have always loved his music and in 2012 I went to see Simon Rattle conduct the London Symphony in the British premiere of Wynton’s Swing Symphony … there was something about the atmosphere in the hall once the piece finished that I’d never experienced in a concert hall before ….” Nicola has told The Violin Channel.
“When I think of uplifting music written for the violin, it is usually quite virtuosic and proud – this work has a very different type of uplift …” she has said.
”I hope the recording speaks to those with a curiosity in crossing cultures, and in complex, colourful and uplifting music … this music affirms a belief I’ve held since childhood – that when we strip away our concepts of race, religion or culture, our DNA shows more similarity than difference.”
Wynton Marsalis Violin Concerto
Nicola Benedetti, Violin
Christian Măcelaru, Conductor
Label: Decca Records
Release Date: July 12, 2019