on 7 October 2009
the other amazon review rightly mentions the often bad press former "l'enfant-terrible" violinist Nigel Kennedy has suffered over the years in equal measure to almost begrudging respect for several of his key recordings (Elgar violin concerto, Four Seasons both on EMI amongst others). However, the other review doesnt really mention the music SO ...
this cd of duos performed with Lynn Harrell (also well repected over the years on several recordings (Saint-Seans cello concerto etc)is a fine antidote to my ears to the over-polished polite recordings that be-devil many classical releases. finesse is one thing, but lack of passion in playing is inexcusable. important lesser-known works from personal favourites: the famous Ravel + under-rated hungarian Zoltan Kodaly (Bartok's close friend), together with interesting "filler" short works of Bach ( a transciption)and Handel. its the fire, passion (and anger almost), i think that Kennedy + Harrell instill in these works that impresses me. NOT polite performances or music, but the kind of cd that might convert the adventurous alt pop or modern avant-jazz fan to this sparse modern classical music.
Not always easy listening, but nothing less than compelling.
on 19 May 2004
This is a brilliant record of cello and violin duos. Messrs Kennedy and Harrell play together as a real partnership, seemingly as skilled at telepathy as they are at playing their instruments. Mr Kennedy gets far more than his share of bad press, ranging from the petty to the downright derogatory. Since most of this seems to concern his character and "look", who cares? It's a cd: it's not as if he's playing a concert in your living room and "annoying" you personally. Give him a break: he plays beautifully, and his repertoire is inspired. The four pieces here are full of zest and energy, and fill the listener with the same.