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'.