Yehudi Menuhin’s career went into orbit when as a 16-year-old he recorded Elgar’s Violin Concerto under the composer’s baton. Fast forward 65 years and 33-year-old Scottish virtuoso Nicola Benedetti’s early musical life became inextricably linked with the Lord of the Strad when she started studying at his school at the age of 10, going on to perform in a memorial concert at Westminster Abbey celebrating his life and achievements.

So, Elgar’s music is part of her musical DNA, which makes her latest album featuring his concerto and three much-loved short pieces such a special treat. “He [Elgar] was so out of the ordinary, from his non-traditional training to his understanding of people to his style of expression in music – there is...

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