Nigel Kennedy: The Early Years (1984-1989) | Warner 9029535574

Nigel Kennedy: The Early Years (1984-1989)


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Label: Warner

Cat No: 9029535574

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 7

Release Date: 29th November 2019



A 7-CD collection tracing Nigel Kennedy’s journey from the phenomenal Elgar Concerto with Vernon Handley in 1984 through to his ground-breaking Vivaldi Four Seasons with the English Chamber Orchestra in 1989 – the recording which launched him to global superstardom.

“Kennedy’s first recording of the Elgar Concerto is aflame with a young man’s passionate inspiration, though never lacking subtler nuance, while Handley simply breathed Elgar like no-one else” – BBC Music Magazine

“A most stimulating and enjoyable coupling”…“beautifully recorded” – Gramophone (Bartók/Ellington)

“Kennedy is in his element, while Previn captures the lushness of the colourful score” – BBC Music Magazine (Walton)

“These are exceptionally strong and positive performances, vividly recorded. When it comes to the two main works, Kennedy readily holds his own against all comers”…“Thoroughly recommended.” – Gramophone (Mendelssohn/Bruch/Schubert)

“My first recording of The Four Seasons with the English Chamber Orchestra was the first really popular classical album, even if I say it myself, before Pavarotti and before Vanessa-Mae and before any of the mo-fo’s who made the big waves in classical music.” – Nigel Kennedy

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