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Virtuosity and sophistication as Nicola Benedetti directs two Mozart violin concertos with SCO / The Herald - Scotland

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Having Nicola Benedetti not only perform in but direct two of Mozart's Violin Concertos was a treat, allowing as it does that intimate relationship between soloist and chamber orchestra. Benedetti always manages to make it look like everyone is having an effortlessly lovely time on stage, but she also led with elegant confidence, tempering admirable touches of character – particularly through her bowing – with a stylish restraint. The many show-stopping cadenzas were used not only for virtuosity, but sophistication; a blend of interesting harmony and styles, from gutsy, folksy double-stopping to liquid-quick Baroque string-crossing.

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