New Releases: Elgar Violin Concerto – Nicola Benedetti; Bohemian Tales – Augustin Hadelich

18 May 2020, 10:00 | Updated: 18 May 2020, 10:01

Elgar – Nicola Benedetti; Bohemian Tales – Augustin Hadelich
Elgar – Nicola Benedetti; Bohemian Tales – Augustin Hadelich. Picture: Decca / Warner Classics

By Sian Hamer

Throughout the week Classic FM’s presenters bring you the best new recordings, including world exclusives and premiere broadcasts of latest releases. This week: ‘Elgar Violin Concerto’ by Nicola Benedetti and ‘Bohemian Tales’ by Augustin Hadelich.

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Elgar Violin Concerto by Nicola Benedetti
Elgar Violin Concerto by Nicola Benedetti. Picture: Decca

Elgar Violin Concerto – Nicola Benedetti

Decca

Star violinist Nicola Benedetti has recorded Elgar’s Violin Concerto, for all of us to enjoy in lockdown.

Benedetti is joined by the London Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Vladimir Jurowski on her new album, the centrepiece of which is Elgar’s expansive Violin Concerto in B minor.

Three smaller works for violin and piano also feature on the release: Salut d’Amour, Sospiri and Chanson de Nuit, which Benedetti performs alongside Russian-British pianist Petr Limonov.

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Last month, Benedetti live-streamed free Elgar tutorials to lift people’s spirits during lockdown.

The Scottish virtuoso invited young musicians and string enthusiasts to join her initiative, ‘Learn Salut d’Amour with Nicky’, for which she filmed a series of classes which are still available to watch on YouTube now.

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Bohemian Tales by Augustin Hadelich
Bohemian Tales by Augustin Hadelich. Picture: Warner Classics

Bohemian Tales – Augustin Hadelich

Warner Classics

Violinist Augustin Hadelich brings together pieces from Dvořák and other major Czech composers including Leos Janáček and Josef Suk, in his latest release Bohemian Tales.

Performing with Hadelich on the album is pianist Charles Owen, alongside the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra led by conductor Jakub Hruša.

Dvořák’s Violin Concerto in A minor is the focal point of the release, which is also Hadelich’s first recorded performance of the piece.

Hadelich said: “Something about the Dvořák in particular makes it very tricky to put together with an orchestra – hard for the musicians to play and also hard to conduct.

“But I found an amazing chemistry working with these players and conductor.”