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Classical - Released February 4, 2013 | Warner Classics

Distinctions Gramophone Record of the Year
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Classical - Released June 1, 1997 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released May 11, 2018 | Warner Classics

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It is not so much a question of Nigel Kennedy meeting Gershwin with some “Maestro Gershwin, I presume” than of Gershwin hitting upon Kennedy in the New York jungle with a “Mister Kennedy, I presume, playing some Gershwin”. The present album is as much by the now classic explorer of jazz-cum-classical music as by Kennedy and, at that, by his jam session colleagues, to wit guitarists Howard Alden and Rolf ‘die Kobra’ Bussalb, bassist Tomasz ‘Insomnia’ Kupiec, as well as flutist David Heath. Hence the fact that though the booklet states all pieces are “arranged by Nigel Kennedy”, the input of all these jazz soloists is nothing less than seminal. Let us say he has arranged the accompaniment sections, written for strings and sometimes piano and harpsichord – both of which Kennedy plays himself, by the bye. His rewritings are epitomised by three main ingredients: the fusion of jazz and classical music, the beautiful melodic influences of Jewish culture and the unique energy of New York City – with a further (and obviously extemporaneous) exploration into Pink Floyd style rock for one of the numbers. A further ingredient is doubtless Kennedy’s personal acquaintanceship with Stéphane Grappelli when he was around 14 years old. Given “that this music evolved as a live project”, writes Kennedy in the liner notes, he “continued along these lines in the studio, thus: no glorious reverb, so that the music is and sounds like five cats playing live in a room. This is the old style of recording, more similar to some of [his] favourite recordings from the 30s and 40s.” Of course, Gershwin would not necessarily always recognise his pieces but certainly he’d have loved the way these musicians have jammed around the notes. © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released June 2, 2003 | Warner Classics

As a classical violinist, Nigel Kennedy has always cultivated a very careful reputation as a rebel (scruffy beard, spiky hair, no bow tie) while making a comfortable living playing a generally pretty safe repertoire; audiences who wouldn't cross the street to hear genuinely difficult music by Elliott Carter or Michael Tippett could go listen to the T-shirted Kennedy play The Four Seasons and feel like they were on the cutting edge. Outside the classical arena, his projects have been a bit more interesting, and none has been more affecting than this eerily lovely collection of new compositions and folk tunes drawing on Polish and other Eastern European traditions. Teamed up with the Krakow band Kroke (violist and flutist Tomasz Kukurba, accordionist Jerzy Bawol, and string bassist Tomasz Lato), Kennedy delivers a set of tunes that are, by turns, dramatic, soothing, emotionally tormented, and romantically yearning. Lullaby for Kamila and One Voice are not only two of the loveliest performances of Kennedy's recorded career, they are also two of the most gently affecting compositions committed to tape in any genre in recent memory. Ajde Jano features a beautiful cameo appearance by the brilliant (and recently ubiquitous) singer Natacha Atlas, and Kukush showcases Kennedy's electric violin in a very sonically interesting setting. (As does T 4.2, though the latter is much less musically interesting than Kukush.) Highly recommended. ~ Rick Anderson
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Violin Concertos - Released December 23, 2016 | Neue Meister

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Arriving 32 years into the recording career of English violin virtuoso Nigel Kennedy, My World is his first album of original compositions. It comprises two multi-part works, Dedications and Three Sisters, with the former paying tribute to idols such as Yehudi Menuhin, Isaac Stern, and Stéphane Grappelli. Three Sisters is a suite inspired by the Anton Chekhov play. Expressive and staunchly melodic, the pieces land in an area of folky Romanticism that aims to please more than challenge, at least where listeners are concerned. My World features performances from the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, percussionist Orphy Robinson (Don Cherry, Wynton Marsalis), and guitarist Doug Boyle (Robert Plant, Caravan), among other contributors on guitar, bass, and drums. ~ Marcy Donelson
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Classical - Released November 25, 2005 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released January 1, 2000 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released July 1, 1991 | Chandos

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Classical - Released October 4, 1999 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released October 2, 2000 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released November 1, 1988 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released February 1, 1992 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released May 11, 2018 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released October 9, 2015 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released March 1, 2004 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released November 8, 2010 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released June 16, 2008 | Warner Classics

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Jazz - Released September 1, 1984 | Chandos

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Classical - Released May 10, 2010 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released February 25, 2008 | Warner Classics