Editors’ Notes Wynton Marsalis wrote his Violin Concerto for Nicola Benedetti, and she gave its first performance in 2015. Its ambition and scale are impressive, embracing many musical references that link the violinist’s Scottish roots and the composer’s jazz background—and a lot else in between. The orchestration is wonderfully accomplished, and Marsalis judges the interplay between soloist and ensemble with considerable skill. The Philadelphia Orchestra under Christian Măcelaru is in top from, matching Benedetti’s evident affection for the piece. The solo Fiddle Dance Suite marries Celtic and bluegrass music with rewarding results, and again Benedetti sparkles.

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Violin Concerto in D Major
Violin Concerto in D Major: 1. Rhapsody
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Violin Concerto in D Major: 2. Rondo Burlesque
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Violin Concerto in D Major: 3. Blues
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Violin Concerto in D Major: 4. Hootenanny
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Fiddle Dance Suite
Fiddle Dance Suite: 1. Sidestep Reel
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Fiddle Dance Suite: 2. As the Wind goes
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Fiddle Dance Suite: 3. Jones' Jig
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Fiddle Dance Suite: 4. Nicola's Strathspey
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Fiddle Dance Suite: 5. Bye-Bye Breakdown
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