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Kennedy Plays Kreisler

Nigel Kennedy Audio CD
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  • Performer: Kennedy, John Lenehan, Katharine Gowers, Rosemary Furniss
  • Composer: Manuel de Falla, Fritz Kreisler, Cyril Scott, Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov
  • Audio CD (23 Mar 1998)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00000630M
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,739 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Danse espagnole (arr. from Falla: La vide breve)Nigel Kennedy/John Lenehan 3:500.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. LiebesleidNigel Kennedy/John Lenehan 3:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Tambourin chinois Op. 3Nigel Kennedy/John Lenehan 3:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Lotus Land (arr. of Cyril Scott Op.47 no.1)Nigel Kennedy/John Lenehan 5:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Hymn to the Sun (arr. from Rimsky-Korsakov: Le Coq d'or)Nigel Kennedy/John Lenehan 4:520.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Midnight Bells (arr. of Heuberger: "Im chambre separee" in Der OpernballNigel Kennedy/Katharine Gowers/John Lenehan 3:230.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Danse Espagnole (arr. of Granados: Spanish Dance in E minor "Andaluza" Op.37 no.5)Nigel Kennedy/John Lenehan 4:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Londonderry airNigel Kennedy/John Lenehan 3:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. String Quartet in A minor: I. Fantasia (Moderato)Nigel Kennedy/Rosemary Furniss/Bill Hawkes/Caroline Dale 9:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. String Quartet in A minor: II. Scherzo (Allegro vivo, con spirito - Molto moderato - Tempo I)Nigel Kennedy/Rosemary Furniss/Bill Hawkes/Caroline Dale 6:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. String Quartet in A minor: III. Einleitung und Romanze (Allegretto - Andante con moto)Nigel Kennedy/Rosemary Furniss/Bill Hawkes/Caroline Dale 6:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. String Quartet in A minor: IV. Finale (Allegro molto moderato - Molto moderato - Andante con moto)Nigel Kennedy/Rosemary Furniss/Bill Hawkes/Caroline Dale 8:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Praeludium and Allegro in the style of PugnaniNigel Kennedy/John Lenehan 6:090.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Music in Respect of SilenceNigel Kennedy 6:250.99  Buy MP3 

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Kennedy, the violinist formerly known as Nigel, pays tribute to Kreisler, the fiddler also known as Fritz, on this disc. Of the ten pieces, six are arrangements, two are original compositions and two are hoaxes. The last track, Praeludium and Allegro, was published in 1905 as the work of Pugnani but 30 years later Kreisler admitted it was by himself. The critics were furious. The Liebesleid, now perhaps Kreisler's best-known work, was originally touted as one of three anonymous "Old Viennese Dances". The treasure of this disc is the recording of Kreisler's rarely performed String Quartet in A minor of 1919. It lasts half an hour and sounds like Ravel. Kennedy is joined by Rosemary Furniss, Bill Hawkes and Caroline Dale in a pulsating account. In 1935, it was recorded by a quartet including Kreisler himself and Kennedy's cellist grandfather Lauri Kennedy. Kennedy plays with a forthright bow, dry, weeping tone, judicious vibrato and bold sense of phrase. Nothing is as sad as Kreisler's arrangement of Cyril Scott's Lotus Land nor as lyrical as the Londonderry Air. Also included here is violinist Katharine Gowers performing Herberger's Midnight Bells, where her tone is warmer and her touch softer than Kennedy's. The pianist John Lenehan unobtrusively accompanies everything applicable. --Rick Jones

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely over the top... 11 Mar 2002
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Sorry-- this is no erudite review of the life of Kreisler, misnomered concertos, etc. It is one
of awe in how Kennedy demands emotion out of every piece. He sends one soaring, birdlike, then crashing, then sensual, ecstatic. He can attack with raw power, then back off again nudging emptiness to fill with sound. Amazing. A master of life, as personified through the music of Kreisler. MUST BUY!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Certainly one of the most powerful and moving renditions. 13 Feb 1999
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Admittedly this is a short review of the recording. What Kennedy manages to do on this CD (and especially remembering that all the tracks bar the quartet are recorded LIVE) is simply stunning. A couple of the tracks are admittedly rarely recorded. My definite favourite is Kennedy's Praeludium und Allegro which I believe to achieve perfection in that piece. I have never heard an artist pour so much life and soul and yet maintain that all important technique. Other great versions of this particular piece come from Kyung Wha Chung as well as Midori. The quartet is seldom heard and quite worthwhile listening especially from Kennedy. As the album states his grandfather was the celloist on the original recording with Kreisler and perhaps the quartet appropriately appears on Kennedy's album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kreisler + Kennedy = Genius x 2 21 Nov 2006
By Graydon Miller - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very accessible selection of Kreisler's work, but also satisfying. Kennedy's "mad genius" style of playing is perfectly suited to these pieces. After hearing an album like this, it's very, very hard to understand why he isn't more highly regarded among the classical cognoscenti. Kennedy remains among the very few who treat classical music as a living, malleable art form. Say what you want about his character, his music is always interesting. And the liner notes are hilarious!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing! 26 Aug 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a fantastic album where you will find the magical music of Kreisler played by one of the great violinists of our time that combines a perfect technic with a marvelous sentimental playing!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 11 July 2002
By The Bruce - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I was driving to lunch today when I heard the song "Lotus Land" on the local classical station. I can't remember when I have been so moved by a piece of music, it nearly brought tears to my eyes.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Music/Fantastic Performer! 5 Dec 1999
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This is a fantastic CD for those who love the Violin
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