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Nigel Kennedy's Greatest Hits [CD]

Nigel Kennedy Audio CD
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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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  • Performer: Kennedy, John Lenehan
  • Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle, Jeffrey Tate, Vernon Handley, Klaus Tennstedt
  • Composer: Antonio Vivaldi, Jules Massenet, Erik Satie, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Claude Debussy
  • Audio CD (21 Oct 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00006JC6S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,248 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Spring (The Four Seasons) - Vivaldi
2. Meditation (Thais) - Massenet
3. Gymnopedie No. 1 - Satie
4. The Lark Ascending - Vaughan Williams
5. The Girl With The Flaxen Hair - Debussy
6. Sonata for Solo Violin in C - Bach
7. Praeludium and Allegro - Kreisler
8. Es ist genug, so nimm, Herr - Bach
9. Danny Boy - Trad.
10. Scarborough Fair - Trad.
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Violin Concerto in E minor : Allegro molto appassionato- Mendelssohn
2. Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor : Adagio - Bruch
3. Violin Concerto in B minor : Andante - Elgar
4. Violin Concerto in D : Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace - Brahms
5. Concerto for Two Violins in D minor: Largo ma non tanto - Bach
6. Violin Concerto in D : Canzonetta - Tchaikovsky
7. Violin Concerto in D minor : Allegro, ma non tanto - Sibelius
8. Violin Concerto in D : Rondo (Allegro) - Beethoven

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One of the first musicians to "crossover" from classical music, Nigel Kennedy continues to blur the boundaries with the release of his Greatest Hits album, a title which is normally the preserve of pop artists.

As a whole, the album is essentially a sampler for Kennedy's substantial EMI back catalogue and celebrates his 18-year career with the label. Disc one is filled with sweeteners, such as Massenet's "Méditation", Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending and a couple of movements from his record-breaking recording of Vivaldi's Four Seasons, while disc two contains one movement each from eight of Kennedy's concerto recordings, namely the Mendelssohn, Bruch, Elgar, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius and Beethoven as well as the Bach double. Perhaps these tasters will encourage new listeners to fork out for the complete recordings.

There is no sign of Kennedy's experiments with the music of The Doors and Jimi Hendrix (which will be a relief to many) but there are a few little gems to be found. A vigorous and very breathy new recording of the fourth movement of the Bach solo sonata in C demands repeated listening while the slightly wayward performance of Monti's showstopping Csárdás with Polish klezmer band Kroke provides a taster of Kennedy's next disc. --Rebecca Agnew

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Kennedy - ever the virtuoso 1 Jun 2011
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Here is a compilation that makes the spirit soar. Of course the baroque pieces are here; of course Bach is here; but so too is a spell-binding rendition of Ralph Vaughn Williams `The lark ascending' that raises the hairs on the back of your neck with each playing. As we hear the lark soaring high above us in song, and then fly over the fields, and then rise again, we are carried away to tranquillity and artistry that is just magnificent; and so rare to find in today's rising stars.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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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.

Highly recommended

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!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars violin maestro 20 Feb 2014
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once again the wonderful Nigel Kennedy gives his all on this CD. It is great to hear a musician that really enjoys his craft.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good overview 29 May 2013
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does what it says on the tin, nice mix of styles and genres, and reflect his interest - description confusing as its not all vivaldi
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