Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

Nigel Kennedy

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

The combination of Nigel Kennedy’s incredible technique, white-hot creativity, and “bad-boy” image convinced EMI, in 1989, to promote his new recording of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons as they would a pop album. It was a stroke of genius, catapulting Kennedy to the dizzying heights of fame and breathing new life into Vivaldi’s well-worn concertos. Kennedy’s genius was to push the envelope far enough for the classical music industry to take notice, but not too far as to alienate a new generation of listeners. The English Chamber Orchestra is in top form and rivals Kennedy for energy and daring—and it’s a recording that still influences musicians today.

Concerto No. 1 in E Major, RV 269 ''La primavera"
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Concerto No. 3 in F Major, RV 293 "L'autunno"
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Concerto No. 3 in F Major, RV 293 "L'autunno"'
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Concerto No. 4 in F Minor, RV 297 "L'inverno"
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