EMI classics have done their Platinum treatment on Nigel Kennedy, offering 3 of his popular albums at knockdown price.
Two of the albums - Vivaldi's Four Seasons and the Mendelssohn and Bruch concertos from 1988 and 1989 - present Kennedy's traditional classical playing while the 1999 album Classic Kennedy is a collection of classical and folk music, mostly transcribed for the violin from other instruments, which gives the violinist freedom to express his improvisational skills.
The Four Seasons album with the English Chamber Orchestra is played with an edge giving the violin more prominence than is sometimes heard (this is a collection of violin concertos remember). The Bruch / Mendelssohn concertos are often-played works which give the violinist a chance to show off his undoubted talents.
I particularly liked the Classic Kennedy album with its widely varied music, from a relatively straightforward version of Handel's `Arrival of the Queen of Sheba' and Bach's `Air' to Satie's `Gymnopedie' transcribed from piano and a beautiful rendition of Debussy's `The Girl with the Flaxen Hair', again transcribed from its original piano version.
A highly recommended set for its quality and value - the price at which the Platinum Collection sets are offered usually makes them worth buying even if one of the albums is already owned.