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listen  1. The Four Seasons - Summer - III. PrestoNigel Kennedy/English Chamber Orchestra 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Meditation/Méditation from ThaïsNigel Kennedy/English Chamber Orchestra 6:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Scarborough FairNigel Kennedy/English Chamber Orchestra 4:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Hungarian Dance No. 5Nigel Kennedy/English Chamber Orchestra 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Nocturne in C Sharp Minor Op. posth.Nigel Kennedy/English Chamber Orchestra 3:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Gymnopédie No. 2Nigel Kennedy/English Chamber Orchestra 2:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Prelude No. 1Nigel Kennedy/English Chamber Orchestra 1:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Air on the G string (from Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D BWV1068)Nigel Kennedy/English Chamber Orchestra 5:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Danny BoyNigel Kennedy/English Chamber Orchestra 4:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. CzardasNigel Kennedy/English Chamber Orchestra 5:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Sinfonia (The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba)Nigel Kennedy/English Chamber Orchestra 3:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Ave MariaNigel Kennedy/English Chamber Orchestra 2:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. The Girl with the Flaxen Hair/La fille aux cheveux de lin (No. 8 of Preludes, Book 1)Nigel Kennedy/English Chamber Orchestra 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Gymnopédie No. 1Nigel Kennedy/English Chamber Orchestra 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Prelude No. 2Nigel Kennedy/English Chamber Orchestra 4:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. The Flight of the Bumble-Bee from The Tale of Tsar SaltanNigel Kennedy/English Chamber Orchestra 1:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Banjo and FiddleNigel Kennedy/English Chamber Orchestra 3:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Zigeunerweisen Op. 20Nigel Kennedy/English Chamber Orchestra 9:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Urge for GoingNigel Kennedy/English Chamber Orchestra 4:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Melody in the WindNigel Kennedy/English Chamber Orchestra 5:55$0.99  Buy MP3 


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Product Details

  • Performer: Antonio Vivaldi, Jules Massenet, English Traditional, Johannes Brahms, Fryderyk Chopin, et al.
  • Audio CD (February 1, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B000026D4B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,432 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Just in case you thought Nigel Kennedy--fresh from his Hendrix tribute album--had left the classical music repertoire for good, think again. On Classic Kennedy, the fiddler is situated with the English Chamber Orchestra in a program that spans from Bach to Satie. (Yes, you also get a Joni Mitchell tune; "Scarborough Fair"; and the fiddler's own forgettable "Melody in the Wind," too.) The sequencing is a bit disjointed--the summer storm from The Four Seasons is followed by Massenet's blissful "Meditation" from Thaïs--and Kennedy's performances range from good to fair. The English Chamber Orchestra does an admirable job on these diverse works (it deserves a lot of credit here), but it'll be up to the listener to decide whether he or she wants to hear "Air on the G String" followed by Kennedy's version of "Danny Boy." As with most Kennedy discs, you'll either love it or hate it. --Jason Verlinde

Customer Reviews

I wanted to hear new and good sound.
Eray Kaya
The deepest of his feelings are portrayed in his music with such a delicacy and balance, and with great confidence.
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Love this CD, good mix of music styles and sounds.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By F. Behrens HALL OF FAME on April 7, 2000
Format: Audio CD
As one commentator has put it, you will either love or hate <Classical Nigel> on EMI (56890-2), spotlighting that cross-over badboy of music, Nigel Kennedy and his violin. My estimate falls somewhat between the emotions: amused tolerance. If Streisand wants to do German Lieder, that is her privilege; and no one is surprised when it comes out lousy. If Kiri Te Kanawa wants to do Cole Porter, you might argue that her style is simply not that required for "Anything Goes," all the while being influenced by how you feel about her as an opera superstar. Kennedy, however, stimulates more violent reactions from his fans and from his detractors, as witness the other reviews on this site.
Here we have 20 cuts of violin music ranging from Vivaldi to Joni Mitchell and the modest soloist himself. The order is not at all carefully thought out and if you hit the random play button the results will be much the same (except for the Kennedy work which he carefully put at the end). Then again, any program that has the hauntingly beautiful Gershwin "Prelude No. 2," the Debussy "Girl With the Flaxen Hair," and the traditional "Scarborough Fair" is not to be despised as long as the melodies are not wrenched out of all recognition. Here they are given respectful treatment and the other 17 pieces are either on the mark stylistically or very far off it but enjoyable on their own terms.
The English Chamber Orchestra gives the soloist fine support, although the sudden vocal for the Scarborough cut is intrusive but eerie enough to be interesting.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By DavidFromCT on September 7, 2002
Format: Audio CD
A while back I had heard about a British violin soloist named Nigel Kennedy, who was working on transcribing songs by Jimi Hendrix for the violin. I had altogether forgotten his name until my friend lent me a copy of Kennedy's 1999 release 'Classical Kennedy', and when I saw the pictures of him with his Morrisey haircut, stubbly facial hair, and his leather jacket, I recognized this controversial figure, the so-called "Bad Boy" of classical music.

'Classical Kennedy' is an exploration of the violin not as the solo voice of a gargantuan half-hour concerto but, rather, the lead voice in a three to five-minute song, and it explores this concept from Bach to Joni Mitchell. Right away this poses a serious undertaking- it is difficult to achieve continuity in a classical album that practically spans the history of Western art music. However, this conflict is partly resolved by the consistency of the tracks' lengths.

Kennedy has a distinct sound, and his little "trick" is that he sometimes plays really hard and really fast. He occasionally draws an elegant and pure tone that listeners expect from a great soloist, but he also has the tendency to turn a beautiful phrase into a crude and apathetic statement. These days the idea of a violinist who isn't utterly predictable, and is willing to take liberties with the repertoire, is a pleasant muse, but Nigel Kennedy is certainly not the ideal solution.

Kennedy's gimmick becomes his fatal flaw- in classical music, the notes speak for themselves. He makes Bach and Brahms sound hoarse and nasal. Ask any professional violinist and they'll tell you that, though there isn't one exact way to play any piece, there are limits on what one should do with a phrase, and that rule is implicit through understanding the composition.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Eray Kaya on March 18, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Simply,I like to listen to great music in this CD. I'm interested in classical music and I knew already some of the titles in this CD before buying it. I should confess that while I was buying this CD , It's for the titles whose names I have never heard. I wanted to hear new and good sound. Because I trust Kennedy's pleasure ,and I thought these couldn't be bad,and I was not wrong. Even if you know some famous titles "Presto from summer -vivaldi" or "Air on string the G string- Bach" or "Hungarian Dance -No5 Brahms) , listen to them again with Kennedy's interesting and outstanding performance. You won't regret it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on July 24, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I came to love classical music through classical crossover, but have dumped crossover after listening to artists like Perlman and Hahn. So was very apprehensive going back to a "crossover" artist.

After a minute into his interpretation of Vivaldi's third movement of Summer, I was hooked. Although Nigel may not play the pieces in a way that is considered "proper", he brings his own style which is intense and highly emotional. The sound he can extract from his violin is engaging, and I always feel as if his violin is singing/crying to me. I've also heard several versions of "The Flight of the Bumble-Bee", but this version just makes me giggle.

The only weakness for me is the mixing of classical & traditional music. Songs such as "Scarborough Fair" and the Joni Mitchell song seem out of place. Perhaps it was EMI's goal to show Nigel's approach to different styles of music, but "this mixing things up" personally doesn't work for me.

If you like the classical music on this CD, also pick up his Vivaldi CD's. If you like the traditional stuff, then get his "East Meets East" CD.
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