"It seems only yesterday that I was welcoming Simon Rattle's first EMI recording of the Fifth Symphony with the Philharmonia Orchestra. Now he has re-recorded it to round off his fine cycle with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra replacing Nightride and sunrise with the Violin Concerto. Here is a conductor with a real sense of what this music is about! His new account is very fine indeed, generally speaking tauter and at times more intense than its predecessor...There is a powerful atmosphere and sense of space at the very opening and the bassoon lament over pianopianissimo strings in the development section is marvellously hushed and mysterious...This is quite superb and tremendously exhilarating and the playing of theRead more Birmingham orchestra is excellent throughout as, for that matter, is the EMI recording.
In the Violin Concerto Kennedy has the good fortune to be superbly balanced, the violin is in exactly the right perspective as it would be in the concert hall, helped just a little by the microphone, just as the eye would help to enlarge the aural image. He is the first English soloist to have tackled this work for many years and he does so with success. There is much to admire here...Throughout Kennedy's intonation is true, and he takes the considerable technical hurdles of this concerto in his stride."
Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 47by Jean Sibelius Performer:
Nigel Kennedy (Violin)
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic Written: 1903-1905; Finland