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Kennedy plays Bach

Nigel Kennedy , Johann Sebastian Bach , Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Violin Concerto in E BWV1042: I. AllegroNigel Kennedy/Berliner Philharmoniker 7:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Violin Concerto in E, BWV 1042: II. AdagioNigel Kennedy/Berliner Philharmoniker 6:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Violin Concerto in E, BWV 1042: III. Allegro assaiNigel Kennedy/Berliner Philharmoniker 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Concerto for Oboe & Violin in D Minor, BWV 1060: I. AllegroNigel Kennedy/Albrecht Mayer/Berliner Philharmoniker 4:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Concerto for Oboe & Violin in D Minor, BWV 1060: II. AdagioNigel Kennedy/Albrecht Mayer/Berliner Philharmoniker 5:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Concerto for Oboe & Violin in D Minor, BWV 1060: III. AllegroNigel Kennedy/Albrecht Mayer/Berliner Philharmoniker 3:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Violin Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1041: I. [Allegro]Nigel Kennedy/Berliner Philharmoniker 3:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Violin Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1041: II. AndanteNigel Kennedy/Berliner Philharmoniker 6:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Violin Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1041: III. Allegro assaiNigel Kennedy/Berliner Philharmoniker 3:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor, BWV 1043: I. VivaceNigel Kennedy/Daniel Stabrawa/Berliner Philharmoniker 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor, BWV 1043: II. Largo ma non tantoNigel Kennedy/Daniel Stabrawa/Berliner Philharmoniker 6:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor, BWV 1043: III. AllegroNigel Kennedy/Daniel Stabrawa/Berliner Philharmoniker 4:20$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (October 30, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B00004YU7I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,324 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Kennedy, the violinist formerly known as Nigel Kennedy, has a well-earned reputation as the bad boy of classical music. His defiantly anti-Establishment antics anger traditionalists and tickle the rebellious. This venture into the Bach canon will confirm both camps in their views. Traditionalists will fume at such excesses as the exaggerated, ugly flourish at the end of the E Major Concerto and the supersonic speeds adopted for the Allegro movement of the two-violin Concerto among much else, including the puzzle-booklet more appropriate to a pop release. Kennedy's fans, though, will relish those elements of what is an ultimately fairly straightforward set of Bach interpretations enlivened by personal touches, a string sound that owes much to "authentic instrument" practices, and zippy speeds that make for exciting listening. Bachians won't be swerved from their allegiance to their favorite recordings of this repertory, among them Grumiaux's humane, traditional approach and Manze's freewheeling period performances. --Dan Davis

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kennedy serves the music, not his status. March 13, 2001
By P. Rah
Format:Audio CD
Kennedy in Bach?! That's the last thing I expected him to play, but I was wrong. I also doubted whether he would suit Bach's music, but he does. He plays with freedom that almost borders on jazz improvisations, but he does not go overboard, as he often does (as in the Vivaldi Four Seasons, his best selling record). Another thing that I certainly didn't expect was that the orchestra playing with Kennedy was none other than the Berlin Philharmonic!!!!!!!! This again raised the question of compatibility:would the BPO like Kennedy's free-style style? It seems on this record that they love what he does, which is not your usual sort of Bach playing. This was a delightful disc to listen to. He fully immerses himself into the music, which can be heard from the start of the first track, the E major violin concerto. I was struck by what I heard. This was no romantic treatment of this much-loved piece, but it wasn't that authentic in approach either. It was simple music making, without any soloistic egoism shown in the playing of this enfant terribile of music. He makes the music flow without any residual heaviness. The violin is well placed, sharing the spotlight with the orchestra, unlike many recordings where the soloist is too close or too far away to be heard properly. In my opinion, his musicality is similar to that of Jacqueline du Pre's (also English). They share in common an uninhibited sense of joy in what they do musically, and this record is a great example of what he can do, without any excess. Kennedy's tone, which can sound harsh, sounds perfectly round for this kind of music. He used to make harsh sounds for effect in the Four Seasons, but he refrains from doing so this time. Apart from the E major concerto, the other solo violin concderto to be featured is the one in a minor. Read more ›
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Master Nigel December 6, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I must admit that when it comes to the violin, I always look for a Kennedy recording first. They say that certain virtuosos of the instrument can interpret the compositions of certain composers - but in my book Kennedy's the exception: he'll enthral you with a Hendrix rock song (or one of his own, sadly underrated, works from "Kafka") or amaze you with a Bach partita. Since his heady days in the wake of the Vivaldi Four seasons, however, it's in live performances where I truly believe Kennedy feels most comfortable and performs the best. So this eagerly anticipated studio album of such well known works had a lot to live up to: and it does. The double violin concerto as presented here is truly outstanding stuff, all credit be due to Daniel Stabrawa. The violin concerto No 2 on the other hand has been so over-done in recent years that its difficult to pass judgement. But the real gems on the album are the concerto No 1 and the concerto for violin and oboe, and it's one of the qualities of this album to see this repertoire brought to the limelight. I have to admit that until this recording I was sadly unfamiliar with the latter of these works. And it was an utter delight to be exposed to it by someone who probably parallels Gould on Bach, with a violin instead of a piano.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stylish & Lively Performance July 21, 2001
Format:Audio CD
You won't expect a fervent intepretation of Bach from Kennedy and probably even from Berlin Philharmonic. Actually, it really isn't. But the music on this CD gives you a refreshing and lively feeling towards Bach's Violin Concertos. Kennedy added some of his own intepretations on the concertos which makes me music more lively. These elements match with the texture and sounds produced by modern musical instruments. I thought of buying a Bach's violin concertos played by ancient instruments, but I didn't feel disappointed neither in this purchase.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Energetic and elegant. December 24, 2008
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This is a wonderful recording. Nigel Kennedy adds life, but not bravado to already brilliant music. This is the type of recording you add to your library to compare the musician's interpretations with others you have grown used to. It may not be definitive, but then, what really is?
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