Poster Nicola Benedetti performing the Violin Concerto in D by Wynton Marsalis.
Nicola Benedetti and The Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Cristian Măcelaru performing Wynton Marsalis's Violin Concerto in D at Kimmel Center, Philadelphia.
Photo: Luigi Beverelli
Performance Today®

Marsalis and Benedetti

Violinist Nicola Benedetti says that when composer Wynton Marsalis wrote her a new piece, he wasn't worried about anybody's expectations but his own. Benedetti told us "It is very genuinely and definitively HIM." On today's show, Nicola Benedetti plays the new Violin Concerto in D by Wynton Marsalis.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: String Quintet No. 2 in C Minor, K. 406: II. Andante
Michael Tree, violin; Dover Quartet
Cedille Records NA

Johannes Brahms: Tragic Overture, Op. 81
Texas Festival Orchestra; Christoph Campestrini, conductor
Round Top Festival Institute, Festival Concert Hall, Round Top, TX

Viktor Ullmann: String Quartet No. 3
Dover Quartet
Rockport Music, Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport, MA

Paul Schoenfield: Cafe Music
Jennifer Frautschi, violin; Ani Aznavoorian, cello; Max Levinson, piano
Seattle Chamber Music Society, Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA

Hour 2

Wynton Marsalis: Nicola's Strathspey from Fiddle Dance Suite for Solo Violin
Nicola Benedetti, violin
Wynton Marsalis Violin Concerto
Decca 30521

Francis Poulenc: Sonata for flute and Piano, FP. 164
Lorna McGhee, flute; Piers Lane, piano
Seattle Chamber Music Society, Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA

Wynton Marsalis: Violin Concerto in D: Movements 2-4
Nicola Benedetti, violin; The Philadelphia Orchestra; Cristian Macelaru, conductor
Wynton Marsalis Violin Concerto, Fiddle Dance Suite
Decca 30521

Paquito D'Rivera: Danzon for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano
Anna Polonsky, piano; David Shifrin, clarinet; Peter Wiley, cello
Classic Chamber Concerts, Sugden Theatre, Naples, FL

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