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Nigel Kennedy connects with Llewellyn Hall audience / The Canberra Times

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Nigel Kennedy walked on the Llewellyn Hall stage on Friday January 25 for his recital: 'Bach meets Kennedy Meets Gershwin,' while his ensemble (cello, bass and two guitars) played a tremolo crescendo chord of anticipation. The chord ebbed and dissipated leaving Kennedy, Bach's Sonata for Solo Violin in G minor, and the audience connected in an electric current. Kennedy's reverence for Bach invested every note of the Adagio with unique authority, grounded in years of training with Yehudi Menuhin and honed by his daily practice. Every phrase of the Fugue unfolded like a step in a complex spell, enthralling the audience.

If he had walked out of the auditorium and into the street, we would all have risen from our seats and followed so as not to lose one note. Despite Kennedy's efforts to bring more of himself into the interpretation with his rough chording and accentuated rubato, the magic held fast: what we heard was Bach playing Kennedy – brilliant!    PHOTO: GERARD ROWAN (MILLMAINE)

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