His first recording of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons sold 2 million copies and set a new Guinness World Record for being the best-selling classical music record. On his album The New Four Seasons Nigel Kennedy returns to Vivaldi, but this time in a more surprising manner. The first concert will take place on the 1st of January 2016 in the ICE Kraków Congress Centre.

The recording of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons from 1989 turned out to be a turning point in Nigel Kennedy’s career. The British violinist proved that even nowadays classical music can take the world by storm, in a quite literal sense. The record sales of the album – 2 million copies – went down in history of contemporary music. All over the world, the album stayed on top of charts for 2 years, and it even managed to get to a respectable third place on the British list of pop albums(!).

Could the modern recording of The Four Seasons, repeated 25 years later by the famous British violinist achieve a similar success? After many years, Kennedy returns to the popular masterpiece; however, as a controversial artist he does it in a quite unusual way, inviting artists such as Zee Gachette and Xantoné Blacq (known from his cooperation with Amy Winehouse), as well as Damon Reece (Massive Attack and Goldfrapp), who was responsible for mixing the album, he also contributed by adding the sound of electronic percussion. The New Four Seasons also feature a jazz band, which accompanied the artist for years and the young Orchestra of Life, with whom Kennedy cooperates on a regular basis.

What is the result of these new experiments? We will find out on the 1st of January 2016 in the ICE Kraków Congress Centre. In the first performance of the concert version of the project, the eccentric virtuoso will be accompanied by the Beethoven Academy Orchestra and a jazz band.

Apart from the award-winning The Four Seasons, the fans of the British violinist are in for some musical surprises, including works by Kennedy himself.

Nigel Kennedy and the Beethoven Academy Orchestra
1st of January 2016[A1]  at 6:00 PM

Tickets: 100-180 PLN. Available ONLINE as well as in the InfoKraków tourist information point at Św. Jana 2.

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