Eighteen years with one recording label, this is a compilation of some from the back catalogue; if, like me, you are an avid Kennedy collector and fan, there is a little repetition but this is an excellent collection and hearing something wonderful twice is no hardship, especially at this price.
PS Having recently attended a Late Prom to hear Kennedy play Bach, I really enjoyed this CD. I have heard him play in classical surroundings and modern jazz settings and always marvelled at his virtuosity and versatility on the four-string Guarneri Del Gasu violin, made in 1735, and the five-strong electric but his personality is no less fascinating. Usually looking as if he needs physically refreshing but spiritually like a corked champagne bottle about to erupt, his hair spiked and shiny, his dull Doc Martins needing a shine, the usual scarf around his waist and the loose jacket, he is always vitally rejuvenating; he often exudes feelings which suggests he is not sure he should be standing where he is and he is always so appreciative of applause.
When he plays, the sound lifts one up and everything else is reduced to mere trivia. In many ways, the relaxed atmosphere of the Proms is ideal for Kennedy. Beginning late at 11.15pm, the atmosphere was its usual light-hearted, knowledgeable self; by 11.20pm, 5,250 people were hushed. At 11.40pm, some of the classical, Bach enthusiasts left as the jazz seemed about to begin or, perhaps, they were just tired - two concerts, a long day ... A joy!