归乡 – 苏格兰幻想曲
Homecoming – A Scottish Fantasy
班乃德提，小提琴 / BBC苏格兰交响乐团
Julie Fowlis, Phil Cunningham, Aly Bain
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
2014年是苏格兰重要的一年，七月在格拉斯哥举行英联邦运动会（Commonwealth Games），九月举办独立公投，并迎接莱德杯（Ryder Cup）高尔夫球比赛的到来。为了迎接这一连串的盛事，小提琴家班乃德提特别录制了这张以故乡苏格兰为主题的专辑，作为历史见证。其中收录《苏格兰幻想曲》、《罗莽湖畔》、《我的爱像一朵朵红玫瑰》、《爱之吻》、《友谊万岁》（驪歌）、《温柔的光芒唤醒我》等雋永的经典名曲与民谣。
出生於苏格兰的班乃德提，一直以苏格兰的文化根源为荣，她是有史以来古典全英音乐奖（Classic BRITs）获得提名最多的女性音乐家。上一张专辑「银色小提琴」（The Silver Violin）仅以七週的时间便登上英国古典榜的第一名，并且还在流行榜上获得32名的好成绩，这是自1991年庞克小提琴家甘迺迪（Nigel Kennedy）之后，古典器乐专辑的最高名次。因为她杰出的成就，2013年即获颁「大英帝国最优秀勋章」（Most Excellent Order of the British Empire）之「员佐勋章」（Member，简称「MBE」）的肯定。
专辑中，除了班乃德提独挑大樑，与BBC苏格兰交响乐团一同协奏，此外还邀请知名的苏格兰音乐家合作，包括民谣歌手Julie Fowlis（曾为迪士尼-皮克斯的电影《勇敢传说》（Brave）之配乐献唱）、手风琴手Phil Cunningham，以及提琴手Aly Bain。悠扬的琴音将苏格兰经典的旋律詮释到无以复加的完美境界，无论是想体验新声音的乐友或是听门道的乐迷，都可以从这张专辑中获得极大的音乐享受。
归乡 – 苏格兰幻想曲 / 班乃德提，小提琴 / BBC苏格兰交响乐团
Homecoming – A Scottish Fantasy / Nicola Benedetti / Julie Fowlis, Phil Cunningham, Aly Bain / BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
唱片公司：Linfair Records Limited/DECCA
进口专辑 / CD / 1 片装
Homecoming - A Scottish Fantasy
归乡 - 苏格兰幻想曲
主要演出者：麦克唐纳, 罗里BBC苏格兰交响管弦乐团班乃德提, 妮可拉
Performer: Julie Fowlis, Phil Cunningham, Aly Bain, Duncan Chisholm, Tony Byrne, et al.
Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Composer: Max Bruch
Audio CD (August 12, 2014)
Number of Discs: 1
Nicola Benedetti is a 26-year-old, world-class violinist. On her latest recording, she's also a Scottish fiddler.
"It's definitely quite a different skill," Benedetti admits. "You want to produce a different sound. I think I had to get much more into an expression of a collective voice, something that was more subtle and less demonstrative and has a rhythmic quality that anyone and everyone can relate to and understand."
On Homecoming, A Scottish Fantasy, Nicola Benedetti, a Scottish-born violinist of Italian heritage, explores her Scottish roots by combining the traditions of classical and Scottish folk music. She says it all started with Max Bruch's amazing 30-minute concerto based on four Scottish tunes. "It's quite an achievement for Bruch, seeing as he never visited Scotland, to have captured Scotland's heart and soul quite as much as he did," Nicola explains. "It served very much as the base as an expanded concept for the rest of the recording for me.
"In the end, I settled on three distinct sections. First, the Max Bruch Scottish Fantasy. The second, a tribute to Robert Burns, who was a songwriter and a poet, and egalitarian and quite a feisty figure. And also, it has to be said, a deep sort of heartbreaking romantic also. I grew up very much with him in my consciousness because he grew up in Ayrshire. He is very dear to the people there and that's the county I grew up in, too. So it seemed appropriate. Plus, I just think his tunes have just a sincerity to them. I would particularly single out 'Ae Fond Kiss' as one of his deepest moments.
"And the last is something really unusual for a classical soloist and definitely unusual for me … which is the exploration of Scottish folk music. I thought this was the perfect opportunity to do that. Despite being a violinist who grew up in Scotland, I didn't actually play much at all in the way of Scottish traditional music. This was a chance for me to re-explore a lot of things I heard as a child, but I didn't actually partake in performing."
As you listen to the first movement of Bruch's Scottish Fantasy, you may find it hard to believe he had never been to Scotland. Nicola says Bruch evokes the Scottish landscape perfectly. "He starts with the harp. It makes a declaration right at the beginning of the piece of music," Nicola says. "And then before the violin enters, the strings come in with just a fairly regular minor chord, but in such a hushed tone — there's a real kind of mystic, dark quality that can be related easily to the landscape of Scotland, the climate of Scotland. And I think he very much captures that darkness. It goes from there into something much more tumultuous and then emerges into the first of the four tunes we hear, which is 'Auld Rob Morris.' That's really a sweet tune that sounds even more sweet after all that darkness at the beginning."
As she recorded the third movement of the Scottish Fantasy with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Nicola recalls something truly magical happened as they ran through the movement for the very first time.
"The third movement emerges from the second. And out of that blossoms just a painfully sweet, beautiful melody. And there's just something so incredible about hearing those notes for the first time in that setting," she says. "They appear as they should appear. They appear fresh, like clouds have just parted and sunshine came in, or whatever it is you may see. It was definitely a clear moment to everybody there and we got most of that take in the recording."
In the last part of Homecoming, A Scottish Fantasy, Nicola Benedetti turns to the world of traditional Scottish music. She's joined by a group of talented folk musicians and friends including Phil Cunningham, Aly Bain, and Julie Fowlis, each of whom add a personal touch to tunes like "Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond,' a farewell melody that closes out this recording. "It is 'Loch Lomond,' but 'Loch Lomond' with a twist," Nicola says, "taking you through a variety of different expressions: from quite intimate to very heroic, to much more rough with the jig, to something that's very virtuosic, and then closing with a sort of hymn. So, yeah, that was a lot of fun."
All the music performed here has a personal connection for Nicola Benedetti — after recording music by French, Italian and English composers, she's making her own musical homecoming on this disc.
1 I. Introduction; Grave, Adagio cantabile
2 II. Scherzo; Allegro
3 III. Andante sostenuto
4 IV. Finale; Allegro guerriero
5 Burns, Robert arr. Campbell, Paul Ae Fond Kiss
6 Trad/Burns, Robert arr. Limonov, Petr Auld Lang Syne Variations
7 Burns, Robert arr. Campbell, Paul My Love is Like a Red Red Rose
8 Skinner, James Scott arr. Benedetti, Nicola/Doorley, Eamon (cadenza Limonov, Petr/Benedetti, Nicola) Hurricane Set
I. Spey in Spate
II. The Hurricane
9 I. Skinner, James Scott arr. Benedetti, Nicola/Cunningham, Phil II. trad arr. Benedetti, Nicola/Cunningham, Phil I. The Dean Brig o’ Edinburgh
II. Banks Hornpipe
10 Cunningham, Phil Aberlady
11 I. Trad arr. Fowlis, Julie/Cunningham, Phil
II. Cunningham, Phil/MacDonald, Iain
III. trad arr. Fowlis, Julie/Cunningham, Phil
IV. Cunningham, Phil Mouth music and tunes set
I. Bothan a bh’ aig Fionnghuala/ Fionnghuala’s Bothy
II. The Appropriate Dipstick
III. Meal do bhrogan / Enjoy your shoes
12 Cunningham, Phil The Gentle Light That Wakes Me
13 Trad, arr. Fowlis, Julie/Benedetti, Nicola/Doorley, Eamon Coisich a Ruin (Walk my beloved)
14 Trad, arr. Campbell, Paul Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond
01. I. Introduction; Grave, Adagio cantabile
02. II. Scherzo; Allegro
03. III. Andante sostenuto
04. IV. Finale; Allegro guerriero
05. Burns, Robert arr. Campbell, Paul Ae Fond Kiss
06. Trad/Burns, Robert arr. Limonov, Petr Auld Lang Syne Variations
07. Burns, Robert arr. Campbell, Paul My Love is Like a Red Red Rose
08. Skinner, James Scott arr. Benedetti, Nicola/Doorley, Eamon (cadenza Limonov, Petr/Benedetti, Nicola) Hurricane Set
09. I. Skinner, James Scott arr. Benedetti, Nicola/Cunningham, Phil II. trad arr. Benedetti, Nicola/Cunningham
10. Cunningham, Phil Aberlady
11. I. Trad arr. Fowlis, Julie/Cunningham, Phil
12. Cunningham, Phil The Gentle Light That Wakes Me
13. Trad, arr. Fowlis, Julie/Benedetti, Nicola/Doorley, Eamon Coisich a Ruin (Walk my beloved)
14. Trad, arr. Campbell, Paul Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond