C1768. KLAUS TENNSTEDT Cond. NDR S.O.: Symphony #1 in c (Brahms); Coriolan Overture; w. NIGEL KENNEDY: Violin Concerto in D (both Beethoven). (Canada) 2-St Laurent Studio YSL T-908. Transfers by Yves St Laurent.
“Klaus Tennstedt approached conducting as an unalloyed romantic, perhaps the last in a great tradition along with Leonard Bernstein. Neither was touched by the incursions of Toscanini’s objectivity or literalism. They relied instead on instinct and the mood of the moment, which makes their performances feel intensely personal and involved. I gravitate toward this style, and it is a luxury to find Tennstedt’s discography expanding year after year thanks to a wealth of live performances coming to light. Romantic conductors achieve their absolute height in concert, and he was no exception.
St. Laurent Studio is indefatigable about adding newly discovered Tennstedt recordings to their expanding series....The label is performing a great service to collectors and helping to cement Tennstedt’s reputation for genuine greatness.”
- Huntley Dent, FANFARE
“Nigel Kennedy's grandfather was Lauri Kennedy, principal cellist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and his grandmother was Dorothy Kennedy, a pianist. After graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in London, at age 22, his father John joined the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, later becoming the principal cellist of Sir Thomas Beecham's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. NIGEL He made his recording debut in 1984 with Elgar's Violin Concerto. His subsequent recording of Vivaldi's ‘The Four Seasons’ with the English Chamber Orchestra in 1989 sold over two million copies and earned a place as one of the best-selling classical recordings ever.
Kennedy published his autobiography, ALWAYS PLAYING [B1246], in 1991. He then withdrew completely from public performance, at which point he made the album ‘Music in Colours’ with Stephen Duffy. He returned to the international concert platform five years later. In 1997, he received an award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music at the BRIT Awards, and in 2001 received the 'Male Artist of the Year' award.
Kennedy expresses a preference for the immediate appeal of live performance, and often records entire works or movements in single takes to preserve this sense in his recordings.”
- Opera Musica