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2010 re-package of the famous recording of Bach's Violin Concertos and the Concerto for Oboe Kennedy made together with the Berliner Philharmoniker
Most of us think of Kennedy as a rebel with a musical cause: a people's violinist, master of Elgar and Ellington, provocative in spirit but musically astute. In both Johann Sebastian Bach and Nigel Kennedy we have free-ranging spirits with huge appetites for their music .
Such is the beauty of Bach's music that Nigel claims he finds something new to explore, to understand everytime he raises his violin and performs Bach's work. Interestingly, he sees many comparisons between the best of jazz compositions and much of Bach's repertoire.
Bach loved the dances of the day: not only those of his native Germany, but also the varied forms that originated in England, France, Italy and Poland. Many of the movements in his instrumental works are in fact musically sophisticated dances and you can hear elements of that keen rhythmic sense throughout the four concertos recorded here.
Nigel Kennedy was the recipient of the "Outstanding Contribution to Classical Music" award from the UK 2000 Classical Brit Awards the same year he recorded this album.
To this day, Kennedy still declines to play by any one set of rules. Over the past decade or so, as well as recording Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, Beethoven, Mlynarski and Karlowicz, he has laid his personal instrumental stamp on the songs of Jimi Hendrix, the Doors and Kate Bush; performed the violin intro to Baba O'Riley on stage with the Who; invited Jeff Beck onto the Prom stage with the NKQ; explored traditional klezmer music with the Polish band, Kroke, and dug deep into the roots of modern jazz on the Blue Note Sessions, an album he recorded in NYC in 2006 with legends Ron Carter and Jack DeJohnette.
Now dividing his time between homes in London and Krakow, where he lives with his Polish-born wife of 10 years, Agnieszka, Kennedy has never felt more free to pursue his boundary-free musical objectives. "I'm enjoying my music much more than ever as I’m playing exactly what I want - it’s become a deeper experience and enjoyment for me, savouring the moment more, not thinking about the future or the past but thinking about now."
Bach: Violin Concerto #2 In E, BWV 1042 - 1. Allegro
Bach: Violin Concerto #2 In E, BWV 1042 - 2. Adagio
Bach: Violin Concerto #2 In E, BWV 1042 - 3. Allegro Assai
Bach: Concerto In C Minor For Oboe & Violin, BWV 1060 - 1. Allegro
Bach: Concerto In C Minor For Oboe & Violin, BWV 1060 - 2. Adagio
Bach: Concerto In C Minor For Oboe & Violin, BWV 1060 - 3. Allegro
Bach: Violin Concerto #1 In A Minor, BWV 1041 - 1. Allegro
Bach: Violin Concerto #1 In A Minor, BWV 1041 - 2. Andante
Bach: Violin Concerto #1 In A Minor, BWV 1041 - 3. Allegro Assai
Bach: Concerto In D Minor For 2 Violins, BWV 1043, "Double" - 1. Vivace
Bach: Concerto In D Minor For 2 Violins, BWV 1043, "Double" - 2. Largo Ma Non Tanto
Bach: Concerto In D Minor For 2 Violins, BWV 1043, "Double" - 3. Allegro
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