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Elgar: Violin Concerto - Nicola Benedetti (violin); Petr Limonov (piano); London Philharmonic Orchestra; Vladimir Jurowski (conductor)
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  1. Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61
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  3. Salut d'amour, for violin & piano, Op. 12
  4. Pieces (2) ("Chanson de matin" & "Chanson de nuit"), for violin & piano (later orchestrated), Op. 15: No. 1 Chanson de nuit

This is a big outing for violinist Nicola Benedetti: the Elgar Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61, is a difficult work both technically and interpretively, and although it has been popular on recordings since the first one appeared in 1929, it is not exactly a crowd-pleaser; Benedetti scores here with a reading that steers a middle path between some well-established approaches. The Elgar concerto has an unusually wide range of interpretations of the tempo markings, with total timings clocking in at anywhere from 42 minutes ...