Album: Nicola Benedetti, Italia (Decca)


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Benedetti indulges her Italian tastes with a baroque programme based around Vivaldi.

And although there's nothing quite as graceful as "The Lark Ascending" from 2009's Fantasie, neither is there anything as clumsy as the crass cover shot of a Vespa. The most blissful performances here are the pair of Vivaldi arias transcribed for violin to take the vocal lines, which are elegant. Elsewhere, Veracini's "Largo" is treated with calm passion, although it's hard to enjoy the two works by Vivaldi's rival Tartini after the master's D major concerto "Grosso Mogul" has been served with such gusto, Bened-etti's variety of bowing techniques animating the piece with suitable brio.

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