Benedetti, Urbanski and the LSO on top form in Symanowski and Mussorsgky.
BY DAVID KARLIN, 04 MAY 2015
Karol Szymanowski‘s Violin Concerto no. 1 defies conventional structural analysis: from its quirky opening of woodwind chirps over ostinato strings to its delicate, evanescent ending – followed by the shortest of little musical jokes – it’s music that goes in all manner of directions, seemingly at the composer’s whim. Yet there is magic at work: as you wander around this diverse musical landscape – sometimes briskly, more often meandering – you never feel in anything other than safe hands.
Especially, that is, if the hands are those of Nicola Benedetti…
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