C&L Late Nite Music Club With Nigel Kennedy

Vivaldi's Four Seasons, Autumn III

Nigel Kennedy has done much to popularise classical music, particularly among young people. He has also performed and recorded most of the major violin concerti.

Although his carefully maintained loutish persona is seen by some as abrasive (including a 'mockney' accent instead of the received pronunciation he had when he was interviewed as a child) and limiting to his career. [snip] Currently, he has been exploring Polish music with the Polish jazz band Kroke.v[snip]

Kennedy expresses concern for the immediate appeal of live performance, and often records entire works or movements in single 'takes' to preserve this sense in his recordings. He also introduces improvisatory elements in his performances, as in his Jimi Hendrix-inspired cadenza to the Beethoven violin concerto and his jazz and fusion recordings.

Antonio Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (Complete); Nigel Kennedy


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