The Silver Violin – Korngold: Violin Concerto in D major, Op 35, Die tote Stadt (Tanzlied des Pierrot & Mariettalied); Music by John Williams, Carlos Gardel, Shostakovich, Nigel Hess, Dario Marianelli, Howard Shore & Mahler

Reviewed on Tue 30 Jul, 2013

The centrepiece of this enjoyable miscellany, and the work beside which the rest feel a little like makeweights, is, of course, Korngold’s exuberant Violin Concerto. Though at the outset Benedetti seems a tad tentative in comparison with such previous versions as Gil Shaham’s (from 1993, with Previn and the LSO) or Jascha Heifetz’s original 1947 recording, she comes into her own with a heartfelt account of the central Romanze, while Kirill Karabits and the Bournemouth SO step up the excitement for the delirious finale. The remainder of the programme, a potpourri of more modest but nonetheless charming film-related pieces, gives Benedetti a welcome opportunity to show off her facility for chamber music. She also deserves credit here for coupling Korngold not only with Shostakovich and Mahler, but also with the lyrical delights of recent film scores from Nigel Hess, Dario Marianelli and Howard Shore among others.
–Mark Walker