We normally associate Scotland with bagpipers and soccer hooligans, but they’ve also got a jewel of a violinist too in Nicola Benedetti!
Recently making her NY Philharmonic debut and mostly known as a favorite amongst classical musicians in the UK, Benedetti returns to her Scottish roots with a very folklorish-album entitled Homecoming: A Scottish Fantasy.
The album focuses obviously on very Scottish-esque repertoire, highlighted by Bruch’s “Scottish Fantasy.” Benedetti also tackles some of Scotland’s best loved songs such as “Loch Lomond,” and “My Love is Like a Red Red Rose,” and features appearances by folk musician Julie Fowlis who recently appeared on Disney/Pixar’s Brave.
The album’s blending of Scottish folk and classical music is quite unique if not incredibly emotional. A bit of jig with a blends of remorse tones, Homecoming: A Scottish Fantasy is a heart-warming collection that showcases Benedetti’s homeland better than anything we’ve heard before.
While we’ve only heard bits and pieces of the full album, without a doubt we’ve already found a great deal of the album incredibly powerful with some sweeping performances. Of note to listen is Benedetti’s take on “Ae Fond Kiss” and the Auld Lang Syne variations – both of which are massive tear-jerkers.
You can preview a sample of the album here:
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