Classic Kennedy

Classic Kennedy

by Nigel Kennedy


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Classic Kennedy

Back when the now single-named Kennedy had just become the artist formerly known as Nigel, the mischievous violinist tweaked an interviewer over differences between classical and pop music. "I'd hate to have to eliminate Schubert from the classical music genre simply because of his concision," he said. Classic Kennedy, his collection of violin miniatures, states the case every bit as impishly. Simply put, there's something to offend classical purists on nearly every track: Only a single movement of Vivaldi's "Spring" concerto? "Scarborough Fair" largely improvised? A particularly idiosyncratic Gershwin Prelude? Joni Mitchell's "Urge for Going" placed between Sarasate's "Zigeunerweisen" and Kennedy's own "Melody in the Wind"? And by replacing the original versions of these works with his own arrangements, Kennedy touches another raw nerve for those who enjoy their masterworks engraved in stone. Still, it's the playing that counts, and allowing for taste, Kennedy's performances are impeccable. They're also a return to the days when these tunes were played and enjoyed rather than intoned and worshiped. He may not think much of classical music conventions, but Kennedy seems to care about the music very much indeed.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/01/2000
Label: Warner Classics
UPC: 0724355689023
catalogNumber: 56890


  1. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in G minor ("L'estate," The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 2), Op. 8/2, RV 315: 3rd movement (Presto)

    1. 3rd movement (Presto)  (02:39)
  2. Méditation (from opera "Thäis"), violin & orchestra version and various arrangements  (06:35)
  3. Scarborough Fair  (04:41)
  4. Hungarian Dances (21) for orchestra, WoO 1: No. 5

    1. No. 5  (02:54)
  5. Nocturne for piano in C sharp minor, KK Anh.Ia/6 (doubtful)  (03:39)
  6. Gymnopedie for piano No.2, for piano  (02:06)
  7. Preludes (3) for piano: No.1

    1. No.1  (01:55)
  8. Suite for orchestra No 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air on the G String

    1. Air on the G String  (05:27)
  9. Londonderry Air (Danny Boy), folk song  (04:14)
  10. Csárdás, for violin & orchestra  (05:24)
  11. Solomon, oratorio, HWV 67: The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba

    1. The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba  (03:00)
  12. Meditation on Prelude No. 1 of Bach, for violin or cello & piano with organ or cello ad lib. (or other instrumental arrangements)  (02:32)
  13. Préludes (12) for piano, Book I, L..117: The Girl With the Flaxen Hair

    1. The Girl With the Flaxen Hair  (02:59)
  14. Gymnopedie for piano No.1, for piano  (02:46)
  15. Preludes (3) for piano: Prelude No. 2

    1. Prelude No. 2  (04:18)
  16. The Tale of Tsar Saltan (Skazka o Tsare Saltane), opera in 4 acts with a prologue: The Flight of the Bumble Bee

    1. The Flight of the Bumble Bee  (01:20)
  17. Banjo and Fiddle for violin & piano  (03:05)
  18. Zigeunerweisen, for violin & piano (or orchestra) ("Gypsy Airs"), Op. 20  (09:40)
  19. Urge for going  (04:10)
  20. Melody in the wind, for violin & orchestra  (05:55)

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