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Beethoven: Violin Concerto / Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 4 / Horrace Silver: Creepin In /Nigel Kennedy Enhanced


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For over twenty-five years, Nigel Kennedy has been acknowledged as one of the world's leading violin virtuosos and is, without doubt, one of the most important violinists Britain has ever produced. His virtuoso technique, unique talent and mass appeal have brought fresh perspectives to both the classical and contemporary repertoire. He is the best selling classical violinist of all ... Read more in Amazon's Nigel Kennedy Store

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  • Audio CD (14 April 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0010RDSLA
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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1. Allegro non troppo (Cadenza by Kreisler)
2. Larghetto (Cadenza by Kennedy)
3. Rondo (Cadenza by Kennedy)
4. Allegro (Cadenza by Kennedy)
5. Andante cantabile (Cadenza by Kennedy)
6. Rondeau. Andante grazioso - Allegro ma non troppo (Cadenza by Kennedy)
7. Creepin' In

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For over twenty-five years, Nigel Kennedy has been acknowledged as one of the world's leading violin virtuosos and is one of the most important violinists Britain has ever produced. His virtuosic technique, unique talent and mass appeal have brought fresh perspectives to both the classical and contemporary repertoire. He is the best selling classical violinist worldwide.

This album combines his first-ever Mozart recording with a fresh perspective on the Beethoven violin concerto he first recorded in 1992. He collaborates again with the Polish Chamber Orchestra of which he has been Artistic Director since 2002. He directs the orchestra from the violin in both concertos to achieve a more direct communication of the orchestra members and the cadenzas are very much his own.

Kennedy says the main reason for re-approaching the Beethoven concerto is that today, he hears the piece as having more rhythmic vitality which he wants to bring out in his new recording, despite still cherishing his first recording with Tennstedt, which he said had a more old-fashioned, romantic approach and was played slower.

Listen out for the Mozart cadenza which definitely gives the piece a contemporary edge. It was recorded with his electric violin and Kennedy expresses in it what the concerto means to him personally and wants to open listeners' minds to change their view of the piece. He has also introduced a harpsichord to the work which adds warmth and gives it even more life.

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"There's no question about the calibre of these recordings... It's a tribute to his outstanding career" -- Classic FM Magazine, April 2006

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. D. Coy on 15 April 2008
Format: Audio CD
Er...that cadenza. I love it. It's awesome. It's fresh, it's different, it has absolutely nothing to do with Mozart, but I love it. It's otherworldly. You're listening to Mozart, then you're in a different universe, then you find yourself listening to Mozart again. It makes me think Nigel Kennedy should write his own Violin Concerto, and perform it himself. I'm not sure what the purists, or 'cognoscenti' will think of it, but there are plenty of other 'straight' performances of these pieces. This is a breath of fresh air, I think.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By crocus wood on 23 April 2008
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i too am a fan of nigel kennedy , but this recording doesnt do anything for me though as ever it is exceptionaly well played...but the combination of "modern" bits in among the classical music only distracts me..i like one or the other but if you are more adventurous than me,i highly recomend it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By marcus_cheshire on 30 May 2011
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Let me say that I am a big admirer of Nigel Kennedy's work, right across the board. I love jazz, can cope with electric violin, and am all for personal interpretations of classic works. That said, the Mozart Violin Concerto no. 4 on this cd is a "once in a lifetime" experience. For me, anyway, as I cannot listen to it a second time. The performance of Mozart's written music is fine, if not of the highest order, but the "jazz cadenzas" are just awful and ruin the thing. They sound tacked-on, and it's not even good jazz. For me, no stars - a brave experiment but one you would rather he conducted in the concert hall rather than left for posterity on cd. The Horace Silver piece that follows it is pretty lacklustre too - and in a way even more disappointing because it's just the performance rather than a wacky idea that makes it lame.

Now for the good news. The CD is absolutely worth buying for the Beethoven Violin Concerto alone. Nigel not only plays it straight, with verve and attack rather than over-indulgent romanticism, but his orchestra keep up with him and the whole piece is a thing of joy. Beethoven definitely had rhythm - you only need to hear the 7th symphony to understand what rhythmic drive he was capable of, and Kennedy and his Polish players bring that to the party in the Violin Concerto. It's at least as good as his recording of the Brahms Violin Concerto, and probably better.

Nigel Kennedy is definitely a brilliant musician, but he should be taken "straight, no chaser" for the best results. Beethoven 5 ***** and warmly recommended. Mozart - only for the brave!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ivan Richards on 8 April 2009
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Kennedy at his best. The Beethoven slow movement is reminiscent of Menhuin ( Kennedy's tutor) in its soulfull, heartbreaking beauty while the final movement (quirky, not Beethoven's best ) is played with a technique equalled by few. Kennedy's style and approach changes accordingly to suit the lighter touch of Mozart. Wonderful.
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