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Vivaldi (1678-1741) - New Four Seasons : Kennedy(Vn)Orchestra of Life - Import CD

Vivaldi (1678-1741) - New Four Seasons : Kennedy(Vn)Orchestra of Life - Import CD


Classical Music

October 9, 2015


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Catalog No.:88875076722

JAN/ISBN: 888750767226

Number of Discs: 1

Country/Region of Manufacture: Import


Giuseppina Torre


Nigel Kennedy is regarded as one of the world's leading violin virtuosos, and his third solo album since joining Sony Classical in 2011 with "Four Elements" is his latest recording of Vivaldi's "Four Seasons", which has been rumored since its release on the label. The highly technical, singularly gifted, and innovative interpretation of Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons," released by the former EMI in 1989, won critical acclaim and was even recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the highest-selling classical work of all time, selling over 2 million copies. Including his 2003 recording with the Berlin Philharmonic, this is Kennedy's third "Four Seasons" recording with EMI.Kennedy himself said of the album: "When I heard Vivaldi's Four Seasons for the first time, I thought how boring it was. Everyone was playing it in a way that made me yawn. When I was playing it at a concert in Spain, I suddenly realized that it had tremendous energy, beautiful melodies, and intense contrasts. I think people noticed that when I released my CD 25 years ago. Of course I can't imagine playing the same way I did 25 years ago. I wanted to play something completely different from what I did 25 years ago. For me, Vivaldi is truly a collision of great melodies, great orchestration, and tremendous energy.Vivaldi infuses this work with a formidable vitality that makes you want to listen to it again and again, and play it again and again. My Four Seasons is a 'rewrite' of sorts, developing the essence of Vivaldi's music." As in his Sony Classical debut, he will be backed by the Orchestra of Life. The ensemble is composed primarily of young Polish and British musicians, a multi-genre ensemble capable of performing jazz, rock, and classical repertoire as well as improvisation, just as Kennedy had hoped as a composer. He said, "It's a group of very talented and musically-inclined young musicians. By performing with them, I can perfect my vision," says Kennedy, who has full confidence in the ensemble.The group also includes Massive Attack drummer Damon Reese and top Polish and British jazz musicians. Sony Music

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