Notes and Editorial Reviews
Nigel Kennedy brings his iconoclastic approach to Brahms and the results are stirring — he yields beautiful details, treating the 1st movement as a colossal accompanied cadenza.
...Technically Kennedy's playing as represented on this disc is beyond reproach—anyone who can play the finales flying thirds and sixths with such dash and precision plainly knows how to get what he wants out of the instrument. The performance is, as you would expect, highly idiosyncratic, though fortunately there's nothing to match the controversial stylistic excursions of his Four Seasons... Kennedy seems inclined to treat the [first] movement as a kind of colossal accompanied cadenza. He pulls the tempo about pretty freely, and brings his
full resources of colour and expression to bear in a way that can yield beautiful passing details... After this very slow first movement, the equally expansive Adagio sounds dangerously close to more of the same. Nevertheless, there's a stronger sense of shape and flow, and Kennedy's plaintive soliloquizing can be effective. His direct, passionate manner in the F sharp minor central episode is quite stirring... There's brilliance, zest and—at last—real drive [in the finale]...
-- Gramophone [4/1991]
Works on This Recording
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77 by Johannes Brahms
Nigel Kennedy (Violin)
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1878; Austria
Length: 45 Minutes 57 Secs.
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