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Kennedy Plays Bach [CD]

Johann Sebastian Bach , Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra , Kennedy , Albrecht Mayer , Daniel Stabrawa Audio CD
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  • Performer: Kennedy, Albrecht Mayer, Daniel Stabrawa
  • Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (23 Oct 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Emi Classics
  • ASIN: B00004YU7I
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,410 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4. III. Allegro assai
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6. I. Allegro
7. II. Adagio
8. III. Allegro
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10. I. [Allegro]
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12. III. Allegro assai
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14. I. Vivace
15. II. Largo ma non tanto
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BBC Review

A list of minor caveats to begin. First, audiophiles should be aware that this is, like all Kennedy's recordings, an analogue recording digitally processed and mastered. To my ears it sounds fine, vivid and positive, even if perhaps a little close. Second, Kennedy, who often takes up space with anti-critical diatribes, has this time allowed a critic, the acceptably blokeish Rob Cowan, to write the booklet notes, which strain to paint Bach as a bit of a punkish rebel himself. Third, Kennedy being Kennedy, he allows himself a degree of improvisatorial licence here and there at which some might raise an eyebrow but which to me seem idiomatic, spontaneous and pleasing. Indeed it is difficult not to like the entire disc. Kennedy makes a wonderful sound and seems genuinely thrilled by the challenge of getting his fingers around the notes. There's a sureness about his approach, a swaggering certitude in tone, articulation, phrasing that is hard to resist, and nothing about his playing is bland. He is partnered more than ably in the Double Concerto by Daniel Stabrawa and in the Violin and Oboe Concerto by Albrecht Mayer, and the conductorless strings of the Berlin Philharmonic make a rich but never swamping sound. While collectors who want something less occasional, more subtle, and more in the manner of the Baroque period should still look to an account like that of Andrew Manze, my benchmark, this is clearly a disc that will sit comfortably on the shelves alongside it.

Performance ****
Sound ****

© BBC Music Magazine 2000

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Glorious Recording 7 Jan 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Yes - he can play Bach as well! A very fine performance indeed - particularly the violin and oboe concerto. Nigel's command of tempo really shines through on this CD, and it makes it a CD that I treasure. Just enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The psuedo yob does good 2 Nov 2013
By lockeyb
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
When I first heard Kennedy I thought he was playing on "Jim'll Fix It" where Jim had fixed it for a novice to play with a real orchestra. I was a bit stunned to find out Kennedy was considered brilliant and that what I thought were bung notes were actually intended embellishments to The Four Seasons. Since that time I considered Kennedy a product of self-publicity, pretension and an unfortunate new commercialism in Classical music. However, I heard a favourite Bach piece from this CD on Classic FM, without knowing who it was, thought it the most true, moving and best played version I had ever heard. When I saw that the CD didn't have his photo on the front I just had to have it. No regrets at all....it is totally superb in every way. It is filed alongside other favourite Bach CDs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grown up at last 8 Jan 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I was very sceptical about this CD having hated Kennedy's Vivaldi Four Seasons with its quarter tones and horrible " ornamentation" .
Well at last he has returned to serious musicianship . These are gloriously stylish , deeply felt performances that go to the top of the modern instrument tree. Bravo!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good value 23 April 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Very enjoyable as you would expect from the maestro.Good value for money.
I am not a music buff but would recommend.
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