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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
One can question the sincerity of Nigel Kennedy's antics -- note the cover art here, where he is shown, his face painted with stripes, trying to take a bite out of his violin. But there is no doubt about the enormity of his talent, and, as he himself points out: "How many classical violinists can truthfully claim to have had a hit at all?" The fact is that Kennedy has turned a young generation of listeners on to classical music primarily in Britain with his vibrant, exciting performances. But in addition to his famously "in your face" style, best heard in Vivaldi's Four Seasons two excerpts of which are included here, he can be a marvelously refined player. ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
One can question the sincerity of Nigel Kennedy's antics -- note the cover art here, where he is shown, his face painted with stripes, trying to take a bite out of his violin. But there is no doubt about the enormity of his talent, and, as he himself points out: "How many classical violinists can truthfully claim to have had a hit at all?" The fact is that Kennedy has turned a young generation of listeners on to classical music primarily in Britain with his vibrant, exciting performances. But in addition to his famously "in your face" style, best heard in Vivaldi's Four Seasons two excerpts of which are included here, he can be a marvelously refined player. Listen, for example, to the sweet delicacy of Vaughan Williams's pastoral tone painting, The Lark Ascending; or to the joyous sobriety of his Bach a movement from one of the great solo sonatas; or even to the heartfelt intensity with which he plays a traditional tune like "Danny Boy." Kennedy's haircuts may change, but the quality of his performances is remarkably consistent.
Gramophone - Ivan March
[T]his remarkably talented violinist has matured musically far more than one would expect from the visual and spoken image he still seems anxious to project. Among the recordings included, it is again the Romantic repertoire that suits him best. The ardently passionate account of the Adagio of the Bruch G minor Concerto and the magically coloured "Canzonetta" of the Tchaikovsky remain in the memory.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/7/2003
  • Label: Emi Classics
  • UPC: 724355733023
  • Catalog Number: 57330

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nigel Kennedy Primary Artist, Violin, Harpsichord
Doug Boyle Guitar
English Chamber Orchestra Performing Ensemble
David Heath Flute
Greg Knowles Cimbalom, Hand Percussion
John Lenehan Piano
Liam O'Flynn uillean pipes
Rory McFarlane Double Bass
London Voices Choir, Chorus
Dave Heath Flute
Osian Ellis Harp, celtic harp
Simon Rattle Conductor
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Janice Knight Oboe
John Anderson Oboe
Robert Brophy Viola
Jonathan Gandelsman Violin
Julie Price Bassoon
Reinhard Armleder Cello
Terry Edwards Choir Master
Technical Credits
Fritz Kreisler Composer
Jules Massenet Composer
Ralph Vaughan Williams Composer
Antonio Vivaldi Composer
Erik Satie Composer
Nigel Kennedy Arranger, Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Orchestration
Paul Mitchell Art Direction
Dennis Collins Liner Note Translation
Johann Sebastian Bach Composer
Jaz Coleman Producer
Claude Debussy Composer
John Lenehan Arranger, Orchestration
Malcolm Messiter Arranger, Orchestration
Ian Cooper Mastering
Andrew Keener Producer
Jacquie Turner Producer
Brian Gray Engineer
Rankin Cover Photo
Traditional Composer
Sue Coulson Engineer
David Groves Producer
Eckhardt van den Hoogen Liner Note Translation
Paul Mitchell Art Direction
Vittorio Monti Composer
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