Nigel Kennedy - Inner Thoughts (2005)
Max Bruch, J.S. Bach, Johannes Brahms, Antonio Vivaldi, Felix Mendelssohn, Edward Elgar
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 394 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 184 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Classics | # 0946 3 31049 2 1 | Time: 01:09:33
Medieval Baebes and other far greater shocks to the bourgeoisie have come along. Wild adventures placed under the rubric of performances of Vivaldi's Four Seasons are commonplace. Yet Nigel Kennedy continues to roost atop the classical sales charts in Europe, and even to command a decent following in the U.S. despite a low American tolerance for British eccentricity. How does he do it? He has kept reinventing himself successfully. Perhaps he's the classical world's version of Madonna: he's possessed of both unerring commercial instincts and with enough of a sense of style to be able to dress them up as forms of rebellion. Inner Thoughts is a collection of slow movements – inner movements of famous concertos from Bach and Vivaldi to Brahms, Bruch, and Elgar. Actually, the only composer falling into the middle of that large chronological gap is Mendelssohn; Kennedy apparently needs a sort of otherworldly serenity for this project, which Baroque and post-Romantic slow movements may have, but Mozart does not. At any rate, this is no radical idea; it's a softball straight up the middle.