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Nigel's new release: The Four Seasons, 20th Anniversary Edition (EMI Classics).

Andy Gill: The Independent, Friday 18th September 2009

(Rated 5 stars out of 5)

Friday, 18 September 2009

Nigel Kennedy can be a frustrating proposition unbearable when subjecting Hendrix to rude
disinterment, for example but unbeatable on his home turf.

Kennedy's Four Seasons is an album which transformed not just the interpretive breadth
accorded Vivaldi, but the commercial potential of classical music as a whole. Repackaged
along with a Golden Rose-winning film of Kennedy's performance, it remains strikingly fresh,
with the sly, dive-bombing glissandi and fluttering-leaf trills which open the Adagio Molto
second movement of the Autumn concerto still having the power to shock two decades on.

Download this: Concerto No 1 in E, 'La Primavera', Concerto No 3 in F, 'L'Autunno'.