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Classicalite PREMIERE: Nigel Kennedy 'Vivaldi: The New Four Seasons' - WATCH

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Our world sure seemed different 25 years ago. Back then, Nigel Kennedy, l'enfant terrible of the violin, made beguiling records for EMI. And a quarter century ago, he cut one with the English Chamber Orchestra. Entitled Vivaldi: Four Seasons, it's been certified by the Guinness Book of Records as the best-selling classical work of all time.

As Monsier Karr duly noted, though, the more things change, the more they're kind of the same. Ostensibly.

Pushing 60 and still one of our best-coiffed violinists, today, Nigel Kennedy records with even more freedom for Sony Classical. OK, so maybe his units--alas, like his neck vertebrae--don't move quite as much as they used to. But independent of climate change, Kennedy's updated take on the "Summer" of Vivaldi in Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 8, RV 315 burns a hell of a lot hotter (and man-made) that those sessions in London's Church of St. John-at-Hackney in September, 1986.

Three years later, Kennedy would give us but a first take. 25 years hence, premiering here on Classicalite the week before Labor Day, have a second look at the video for "Summer, Presto" from Nigel Kennedy and the Orchestra of Life's forthcoming album on Sony Classical, Vivaldi: The New Four Seasons.  READ THE FULL Classicalite ARTICLE & WATCH THE VIDEO