Vivaldi's Four Seasons - as you have never heard them before
October 3, 2013 6:02 PM Subscribe
Nigel Kennedy, best known for this performance of the Four Seasons by Vivaldi at the Proms in 1989, decided to give the popular classical piece a make over. He invited the Palestine Youth Orchestra to ". . . bring(s) fresh insights to these visionary concertos, including the addition of his own improvised links between them." Youtube Link
For the 119th time this summer the Proms
took place at the Royal Albert Hall
in London. Up to 100 classical performances in eight weeks, culminating in the famous "Last Night of the Proms
During the 1989 event, violinist Nigel Kennedy played Vivaldi's
", a recording thereof sold over 2 million times.
"We may play dead composers' works, but we don't have to look as if we're still at the funeral."
True to his words, Nigel is known for his punk hair cut
, eccentric outfits, fist bumps and - outstanding virtuoso skills on the violin.
This year he re-visited the Four Seasons, together with the Palestine Youth Orchestra and the Orchestra of Life. Cello by Yaron Stavi
, Percussion by Krzysztof Dziedzic
and Piano by Gwilym Simcock
For reference, here are the start times for the various seasons:
To just get a feeling for the unusual aspects of the perpformance:
, Cello / Piano
For the encore
15 year old Mustafa Saad joined Nigel to play Vivaldi A Minor 2 Concerto for 2 Violins.
Controversy ensued when Nigel used the opportunity to comment on the Israel/Palestine conflict: "We all know from the experience of this night of music that giving equality and getting rid of apartheid gives a beautiful chance for things to happen.”
The comments were not part of the later broadcast by BBC.