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Nigel Kennedy Vivaldi: The New Four Seasons / Sydney Morning Herald review

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Vivaldi's Four Seasons is, along with Pachelbel's Canon, the most overplayed classical work of recent decades. It is found constantly on soundtracks, ads, telephone-hold music, in lifts and supermarkets. I would not mourn if I never heard it again.

But a new version by Nigel Kennedy demands attention. The punk enfant terrible burst on to the classical scene with a blazing rendition in 1989 that sold millions. This time, he has gone a step further, re-envisioning the work by adding transitions and interlacing the score with electric guitar, drones, birdsong, snarling dogs, jazz trumpet and much more, employing guest musicians possibly well-known from other fields such as Z-Star, Doug Boyle, Orphy Robinson, Xantone Blacq and Damon Reece along with his Orchestra of Life.

He gets three stars for his adventurous spirit, lively imagination and superb playing, but I was utterly unconvinced. That is very likely because I am happily immured in the classical ghetto that Kennedy boasts (in the notes) he escaped. This may attract an entirely new audience – give it a go.  SEE ALL REVIEWS ON Sydney Morning Herald PAGE

 

 

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