Nigel wherever we find him
Experiment IV by Kate Bush (As recommended by:careydes)
Described by careydes as “excellent” and “ahead of its time” it’s a song about a secret military plan to create a sound that is horrific enough to kill people. Experiment IV is also notable for its haunting violin work, courtesy of Nigel Kennedy. The video was banned from Top of the Pops, and the single only reached Number 23. If you would like to listen to it, click MEDIA CLIPS.
In 2013, , a Druze teenager and talented viola player from the village of Meghar in the Galilee, made headlines . Now he is making his first public performances since being released from prison earlier this year. He has served a number of jail sentences since 2013 for his refusal to be conscripted. On the seven-date tour, Omar Saad will be joined by his brothers Mostafa and Ghandi on violin and sister Tibah on cello. Collectively, they perform as The Galilee Quartet, while Omar and Mostafa both played in the orchestra led by world-famous violinist Nigel Kennedy at the . The concerts will take place in Cambridge, Evesham, Reading, Worcester, Brighton, Sutton and London from 30th September to 8th October. (Not strictly Nigel news, but Nigel would approve of my posting it here !)
Nigel's latest, greatest version of The Four Seasons will be released by Sony this winter. You can pre-order it at Amazon.
See MEDIA CLIPS for more information.
Nigel with Jean-Luc Ponty and Lizzie Ball after their concert in Nyon (Switzerland)
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of virtuoso violinist Nigel Kennedy’s landmark recording of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, this very special 25th Anniversary Luxury Edition includes the original ground-breaking recording, award-winning film, images and memorabilia and a specially written account of the unfolding event. Nigel Kennedy’s recording was released 25th September 1989 on vinyl, cassette and CD and went on to become one of the best-selling classical albums of all-time. Originally recorded in November 1986 in the Church of St John-at-Hackney, London, it was a recording that would achieve unprecedented public and media attention and change the course of music history. To read what John Brunning has to say about the original release click on MEDIA CLIPS.
CNET names the best-sounding music of 2014 (so far) and includes this: Violin Jazz: Nigel Kennedy; "Recital" (The "Take Five" interpretation is brilliant. Hang with it until it resolves.)
I’ve been reading a book entitled Musical Cognition by one Henkjan Honing………………..yes, all right, I know, I know ! But somebody’s got to read these books, havent they ? Mr. Honing says that for music to happen, there has to be a composer, a performer, and a listener: the composer to write it, the performer to interpret it and the listener to do just that……..LISTEN to it, not just HEAR it but actively LISTEN to it. The music “happens” in the mind of the listener. We know what we are hearing but just as we can never know that the colour we call “red” is the same as what somebody else calls “red,” so also we can never know what somebody else is hearing. Finally, I now understand why music critics can listen to the same piece of music yet disagree so strongly on the merits of what is played. They are simply not hearing the same thing ! Thus, Michael White on Nigel's playing of Lark Ascending on The Last Night of the Proms last year : "credible but thin" and "slowly self-indulgent," as opposed to Michael Church: "when Kennedy soared aloft, it was with the purest thread of melody, perfect from start to finish." Those two weren't hearing the same thing, were they ?