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Polish Spirit [Enhanced]

Nigel Kennedy , Various , Jacek Kaspzyk , Polish Chamber Orchestra Audio CD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Major, Op.16: Allegro moderatoNigel Kennedy/Polish Chamber Orchestra/Jacek Kaspszyk10:59Album Only
listen  2. Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Major, Op.16: Quasi Notturno. AndanteNigel Kennedy/Polish Chamber Orchestra/Jacek Kaspszyk 9:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Major, Op.16: Allegro vivaceNigel Kennedy/Polish Chamber Orchestra/Jacek Kaspszyk 8:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Violin Concerto in A Major, Op.8: Allegro moderatoNigel Kennedy/Polish Chamber Orchestra/Jacek Kaspszyk13:58Album Only
listen  5. Violin Concerto in A Major, Op.8: Romanza. AndanteNigel Kennedy/Polish Chamber Orchestra/Jacek Kaspszyk 9:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Violin Concerto in A Major, Op.8: Finale. Vivace assaiNigel Kennedy/Polish Chamber Orchestra/Jacek Kaspszyk 7:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Nocturne Op.9 No.1: LarghettoNigel Kennedy/Polish Chamber Orchestra/Jacek Kaspszyk 6:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Nocturne, Op.9 No.2: AndanteNigel Kennedy/Polish Chamber Orchestra/Jacek Kaspszyk 5:22$0.99  Buy MP3 


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  • Orchestra: Polish Chamber Orchestra
  • Conductor: Jacek Kaspzyk
  • Composer: Various
  • Audio CD (November 20, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Naxos of America, Inc.
  • ASIN: B000VLR0II
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #331,711 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tour de Force! April 8, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Having heard both concertos and the Chopin, I can't for the life of me figure how anyone could give this less than 5 stars. The Karlowicz Concerto is one of the most beautiful and wondrously played violin concertos I've ever heard. And I've pretty much heard them all. This must be the Rach 3 of violin concertos, the difficulty staggering, and he does it marvelously. I liked the Mieczslaw concerto as well. The two Chopin Nocturnes were a perfect way to wind down after the emotional excitement of the other two pieces. I am a pianist/teacher of many years and of course know the E flat Nocturne well--what pianist doesn't? But it has never really moved me much until I heard Kennedy play it. I'm only sorry Chopin only wrote for piano--these pieces were arranged for violin. I wish there were more. If I could give this cd 10 stars I would.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Kennedy December 3, 2007
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Spectacular playing by Nigel Kennedy. I love the way Kennedy uses a sometimes gritty attack on these otherwise fairly typical late romantic works. The Mylanarsky is a wonderful find, and if the first movement had 3-4 minutes more of a good development section, would be a worthy addition to the standard repetiore. The slow movement and the gypsy-like finale are outstanding. There is nothing that struck me as particularly Polish about either work, but both are well worth hearing. The recording is first rate, and it is Kennedy's playing that keeps bringing me back for another listen. An excellent project in every respect.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rewarding with reservations November 30, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Moszkowski: Violin Concerto in C, Op. 30, Ballade in G minor, Op. 16 No. 1; Karlowicz: Violin Concerto in A, Op. 8
Nigel Kennedy has done a service to those of us who love late Romantic music, especially from Eastern Europe. Mlynarski's concerto is a real find, Slavic in nature but not at all dark, passionate with intimations of folk melodies. Kennedy's brilliant technique is a bit draggy at first hearing, but he conveys the emotional heart of the piece successfully. He does a much better job with the Karlowicz, easily exceeding Tasmin Little's efforts on the Hyperion disk. The adapted Chopin seems like an afterthought; perhaps a better choice would have been the wonderful Tansman concerto. Unfortunately, the recording was made in a relatively flat venue, and is particularly unflattering to the soloist. Strangely, this was an analogue-to-digital transfer. Why? The orchestra and conducting are first-rate. I recommend this disk for the rareness of the Mlynarski and the excellence of the Karlowicz.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Worth Hearing January 27, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Some reviewers have commented positively on the "gritty" approach of Kennedy to these and other Romantic works. For me, the playing lacks refinement, and often the intonation is inaccurate. That said, the works are worth discovering. If you are interested in this repertoire, buy the CD rather than the DVD, which is repetitive and disappointingly unenlightening. I eagerly await their recording by a player with more polish and attention to detail.
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7 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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I am writing this review only because nothing illustrates better why labels of renown such as EMI are slowly fading into oblivion (if it wasn't for their wonderful historic catalogues!)
This is a CD that has nothing to do with classical music production values. It is just about greedy marketing. The program is attractive, no question; these were true Polish composers from the turn of the 19th/20th centuries: an exciting time for all those countries.
But the notes are all about Mr. "weirdo" Kennedy and his jouneys into the recording and hardly about the music, when it was composed or the composers' bios. To add insult to injury, Mlnyarski's Concerto is not Op 6 but Op 16!
I don't think that anyone can wonder anymore why the EMI label is going down the tubes while so many independents are still thriving.
I wish I could insult the producers more & better, but it would not be appropriate here. In sum: I am angered by this purchase.
Ars longa, Vita brevis!
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