Magazine article Musical Opinion

NIGEL KENNEDY: Beethoven & Mozart Violin Concertos

Magazine article Musical Opinion

NIGEL KENNEDY: Beethoven & Mozart Violin Concertos

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Nigel Kennedy: Violin

Michal Baranski: Double Bass Polish Chamber Orchestra

Nigel Kennedy: Conductor

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If you intend listening to the Prom concert on 19 July when Nigel Kennedy will be back in the Royal Albert Hall after 21 years, as soloist in the ElgarViolin Concerto why not also hear his Late Night Jazz Prom, with his Nigel Kennedy Quintet. Readers should also be encouraged to buy this new CD with Kennedy's interpretation of the Beethoven Concerto, partnered in every sense of the word by the Polish Chamber Orchestra who also join him for the fourth of Mozart's Violin Concertos and a sweet little piece of jazz as an encore.

Those of us who were quite properly enthused by the young Kennedy and the millions who still revel in his recording of Vivaldi's Four Seasons will understand and appreciate that this brilliant instrumentalist is now in the forefront of great musicians.

Critics of all ages and experience love to say of the young that they still have to find true wisdom but quite often the young have an inbuilt understanding of composers and their needs which is all too often lost. With young players ofYehudi Menuhin's personality every time he played a masterpiece there was something unique, but the listener had to accept that some performances were routine and lacked inspiration. In these Concertos Nigel Kennedy gives us a mature and sensitive musician's comprehension of what would have delighted Beethoven and Mozart as inspiration took them. …

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