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Classic Kennedy


Release Date: 02/01/2000 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 56890   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Jules MassenetTraditionalErik SatieVittorio Monti,   ... 
Performer:  Osian EllisNigel KennedyLiam O'FlynnDave Heath,   ... 
Conductor:  Paul Barritt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber OrchestraLondon Voices
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Taking playful license with the classics, embracing rock tunes, rock fashions and rock attitudes, Kennedy was once considered a mold-breaking maverick. Nowadays, however, when nearly every young violinist with a photo opportunity has a black leather jacket, mixing Joni Mitchell covers with old Fritz Kreisler and Jascha Heifetz encore favorites would seem the norm. In CLASSIC KENNEDY he is out to charm and entertain rather than to overwhelm or provoke, treating such tunes as 'Danny Boy' or 'Scarborough Fair' with engaging simplicity while proving himself to be a fairly carefree rather than intense gypsy in Sarasate's 'Zigeunerweisen.' The selection is geared for relaxed listening, with some of the arrangements on the romantic film score Read more side, though there is enough fire, in the form of such rousers as the Brahms Hungarian Dance No. 5 or Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumblebee," to keep things from getting too cool. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Thaďs: Meditation by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Osian Ellis (Harp), Nigel Kennedy (Violin)
Conductor:  Paul Barritt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  London Voices
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 30 Secs. 
2. Scarborough Fair by Traditional
Performer:  Nigel Kennedy (Violin), Liam O'Flynn (Bagpipe), Dave Heath (Flute),
Doug Boyle (Guitar), Rory McFarlane (Double Bass), Gregory Knowles (Percussion)
Conductor:  Paul Barritt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  London Voices
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangers: John Lenahan; Malcolm Messiter; Nigel Kennedy. 
3. Gymnopédies (3) for Piano: no 2, Lent et triste by Erik Satie
Performer:  Nigel Kennedy (Violin), Dave Heath (Flute)
Conductor:  Paul Barritt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangers: John Lenahan; Malcolm Messiter; Nigel Kennedy. 
4. Danny Boy "Londonderry Air" by Traditional
Performer:  Nigel Kennedy (Violin), Osian Ellis (Celtic Harp), Liam O'Flynn (Whistle)
Conductor:  Paul Barritt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  London Voices
Written: Ireland 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangers: Nigel Kennedy; Malcolm Messiter; John Lenahan. 
5. Csárdás by Vittorio Monti
Performer:  Gregory Knowles (Percussion), Nigel Kennedy (Violin)
Conductor:  Paul Barritt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Nigel Kennedy. 
6. Solomon, HWV 67: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Janice Knight (Oboe), Harold Lester (Harpsichord), Nigel Kennedy (Violin),
David Thomas (Oboe)
Conductor:  Paul Barritt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1749; London, England 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
7. Ave Maria by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Paula Chateauneuf (Archlute), Nigel Kennedy (Violin), Fabio Zanon (Guitar)
Conductor:  Paul Barritt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangers: John Lenahan; Malcolm Messiter; Nigel Kennedy.
This work is based on J.S. Bach's Prelude no 1 in C from 'The Well-Tempered Clavier.' 
8. La fille aux cheveux de lin by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Nigel Kennedy (Violin)
Conductor:  Paul Barritt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1882; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangers: Nigel Kennedy; Malcolm Messiter; John Lenahan. 
9. Gymnopédies (3) for Piano: no 1, Lent et douloureux by Erik Satie
Performer:  Julie Price (Bassoon), Nigel Kennedy (Violin), John Anderson (Oboe)
Conductor:  Paul Barritt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangers: John Lenahan; Malcolm Messiter; Nigel Kennedy. 
10. Tale of Tsar Saltan: Suite, Op. 57 - Flight of the bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Nigel Kennedy (Violin)
Conductor:  Paul Barritt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangers: John Lenahan; Malcolm Messiter; Nigel Kennedy. 
11. Banjo and Fiddle by William Kroll
Performer:  Nigel Kennedy (Violin)
Conductor:  Paul Barritt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangers: Nigel Kennedy; Malcolm Messiter; John Lenahan. 
12. Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20 by Pablo de Sarasate
Performer:  Nigel Kennedy (Violin)
Conductor:  Paul Barritt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, England 
Length: 9 Minutes 36 Secs. 
13. Urge for Going by Joni Mitchell
Performer:  Gregory Knowles (Percussion), Doug Boyle (Guitar), Rory McFarlane (Double Bass),
Nigel Kennedy (Violin), Fabio Zanon (Guitar), Osian Ellis (Celtic Harp)
Conductor:  Paul Barritt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Nigel Kennedy. 
14. Melody in the Wind by Nigel Kennedy
Performer:  Nigel Kennedy (Violin), John Anderson (Oboe), Rory McFarlane (Double Bass),
Doug Boyle (Guitar), Dave Heath (Flute), Gregory Knowles (Percussion),
Julie Price (Bassoon), Janice Knight (Oboe), Nigel Kennedy (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Paul Barritt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangers: Malcolm Messiter; Nigel Kennedy; John Lenahan. 
15. Concerto for Violin in G minor, Op. 8 no 2/RV 315 "L'estate": 3rd movement, Presto by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Paula Chateauneuf (Archlute), Harold Lester (Harpsichord), Nigel Kennedy (Violin),
Charles Tunnell (Cello)
Conductor:  Paul Barritt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
16. Hungarian Dances (21) for Piano 4 hands, WoO 1: no 5 in F sharp minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Nigel Kennedy (Violin), Gregory Knowles (Cimbalom)
Conductor:  Paul Barritt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangers: Nigel Kennedy; John Lenahan; Malcolm Messiter. 
17. Nocturne for Piano in C sharp minor, B 49 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nigel Kennedy (Violin)
Conductor:  Paul Barritt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangers: Nigel Kennedy; Malcolm Messiter; John Lenahan. 
18. Preludes (3) for Piano: no 1 in B flat major, Allegro ben ritmato e deciso by George Gershwin
Performer:  Nigel Kennedy (Violin)
Conductor:  Paul Barritt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangers: Nigel Kennedy; Malcolm Messiter; John Lenahan. 
19. Suite for Orchestra no 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  John Anderson (Oboe), Nigel Kennedy (Violin), Harold Lester (Harpsichord),
Paula Chateauneuf (Archlute)
Conductor:  Paul Barritt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangers: John Lenahan; Malcolm Messiter; Nigel Kennedy. 
20. Preludes (3) for Piano: no 2 in C sharp minor, Andante con moto e poco rubato by George Gershwin
Performer:  Charles Tunnell (Cello), Nigel Kennedy (Violin), Andrew Crowley (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Paul Barritt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangers: Nigel Kennedy; Malcolm Messiter; John Lenahan. 

Sound Samples

The Four Seasons - Summer - III. Presto
Meditation/Méditation from Thaďs
Scarborough Fair
Hungarian Dance No. 5
Nocturne in C sharp minor Op. posth.
Gymnopédie No. 2
Prelude No. 1
Air on the G string (from Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D BWV1068)
Danny Boy
Czardas
Sinfonia (The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba)
Ave Maria
The Girl with the Flaxen Hair/La fille aux cheveux de lin (No. 8 of Preludes, Book 1)
Gymnopédie No. 1
Prelude No. 2
The Flight of the Bumble-Bee from The Tale of Tsar Saltan
Banjo and Fiddle
Zigeunerweisen Op. 20
Urge for Going
Melody in the Wind

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