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Nigel Kennedy plays Salut d'Amour & other Elgar Favourites

Edward Elgar , Nigel Kennedy , Peter Pettinger Audio CD
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  • Performer: Nigel Kennedy
  • Composer: Edward Elgar
  • Audio CD (1 Oct 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B000000AD3
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,970 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Salut d'Amour, Op. 12 3:100.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Mot d'amour, Op. 13, No. 1: Mot d'Amour, Op. 13 2:410.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. In the South, Op. 50: In Moonlight (arr. of Canto Popolare) 3:100.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Sospiri, Op.70 (arr. for violin and piano) 5:200.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Chanson de Nuit, Op. 15, No.1 3:430.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Chanson de Matin, Op. 15, No. 2 2:480.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Very Easy Melodious Exercises in the First position, Op. 22 7:120.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Violin Sonata in E Minor, Op. 82: I. Allegro 8:06Album Only
Listen  9. Violin Sonata in E Minor, Op. 82: II. Romance: Andante 9:39Album Only
Listen10. Violin Sonata in E Minor, Op. 82: III. Allegro non troppo 9:26Album Only


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Salut d'Amour op.12 - Mot d'amour op.13 n°1 - In Moonlight - Sospiri op.70 - Chanson de Nuit op.15 n°1 - Chanson de Matin op.15 n°2... / Nigel Kennedy, violon - Peter Pettinger, piano

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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Elgar 25 Nov 2005
Format:Audio CD
The Cd's title is erroneous. The Elgar Violin Sonata, one of a trio of chamber works Elgar completed after the First World War is the main item on this disc. Recorded before Nigel Kennedy chopped his hair off and started wearing John Richmond, the the haunting, twilight world of the sonata, the reflections, the aching nostalgia is captured to perfection.

Its a hugely insightful performance showing us what a fabulous musician Kennedy is. Its a gutsier, harder, more youthful performance than the classic Albert Sammons recording but I can't help but think Elgar would have been bowled over with his playing. This music seems to look back wistfully to happier times but doesn't need sentiment. Kennedy understands this (better than in his performances of the concerto I feel).

The fillers are an absolute delight. Elgar wrote wonderful miniatures that were in many great player's repertoire. Chanson de Nuit is played so beautifully by Kennedy, the odd hesitation here, subtle shifts in tone, suspense of vibrato for a moment, techniques that he has so employed in other classical recordings and of course in his work with jazz.

The sound of the disc is bright and atmospheric, early digital at work. Kennedy's pianist Peter Pettinger is sensitive and very sympathetic, though the piano tone is a touch forward.

For music lovers looking to explore lesser know works of Elgar, then this CD is compulsory. And then you need to get the Elgar Piano Quintet recording with the Allegri and John Ogdon!
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5.0 out of 5 stars NOSTALGIA IS NOT WHAT IT WAS 19 Dec 2003
By DAVID BRYSON TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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A word in favour of this disc might not be out of place. It falls into two distinct parts, the violin sonata on the one hand and the ragbag of smaller pieces on the other. What ‘understanding’ of Elgar I can lay claim to is not something I should try to assess, but his music has a powerful appeal for me and, for what it’s worth, I have been trying all my life to get a deeper appreciation of his very unstraightforward personality. Elgar was rarely at peace with himself or with the world. I find in his music a mixture of nobility and neurosis which gives him an unlikely affinity with Mahler to that extent. The violin sonata is one of the three late and very personal pieces of chamber music that he produced, along with the string quartet and the piano quintet, the same ‘trio’ of works that Franck turned out for the chamber repertory. It does not seem to me quite the equal of the other two, particularly the quintet, but it is a major effort all the same. Behind the lyricism it’s not hard to detect the inner unease and melancholy, and the trick his interpreters have to turn is to be sensitive and responsive to the unpredictable twists of the composer’s moods. The struggle must not be ironed out, but it must not overwhelm the contemplative element either, and to my ears Kennedy makes a very good show of it indeed. There is a deep frustration in the piece, something beating at the walls and door to be let out and then abandoning the effort, and I caught that sense quite strongly in this reading.
The smaller pieces are Elgar letting his sentimental side out without complications. Elgar died in 1934, but in the late 40’s and the 50’s the kind of tea-houses still flourished that were the natural home of music like this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Artistic licence is not a blank cheque 3 Mar 2014
By PatB
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Very beautifully played by Kennedy. His sound and intonation are magical: no one can hold a note pianissimo the way he can. However, I can't give five stars to an artist who grants himself the privilege of changing the composer's notes when he thinks he knows better ones. He does it in Salut d'Amour and again in the Andante of the Violin Sonata. You can mess with tempo, dynamics and phrasing, within limits, as long as the result is convincing, but you can't introduce notes Elgar didn't write, or remove ones that he did. Those at least are sacrosanct. With that caveat, this disc is well worth adding to your library. There are some wonderful miniatures that you might not otherwise hear.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is eloquent 23 July 2008
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This CD gleams like a hard clear gem with the dark light of memory and loss. It is entirely unsentimental and speaks volumes to the heart of what I imagine it might feel like to be English -- not in Edwardian England or after the First World War, but in the 21st Century.

I have lived in the UK long enough to remember an England that has long passed -- of bustling yet friendly village post offices and cozy and slightly tatty tea shops, smiling and buxom elderly ladies in aprons, and warm and genuine pride in labour and industry. It is not so much these images that fill the music but a powerful sense of their irretrievable loss -- and the loss of so much more besides. I used to listen to this CD on Sunday afternoons in Oxford as an American undergraduate. I'd always end up with tears in my eyes.

Whether you are English or not, this is a recording to cherish. It's made of the stuff that keeps us alive, feeling, remembering, responding. And it's completely unsentimental.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nigel kennedy Salut d'Amour 14 Nov 2011
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Although I do not like the persona he affects to project he nevertheless gives a faultless performance. This
is how a Violin should sound.
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