Nigel Kennedy Plays Bach BBC Proms


Nigel Kennedy Plays Bach

Nigel Kennedy returns to the Proms with a concert of solo Bach, including Partitas No 2 and No 3. Nigel and three of his friends also play arrangements of numbers by Fats Waller.


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APPLAUSE Good evening, everybody, a very

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warm welcome. Tonight at the props, two musical giants go head to head,

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both sensational violinists, both of them mavericks. One was famed

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for his addiction for coffee, his preponderous for alcohol, arrested

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for fighting in the street with a bassoonist. The other has a spikey

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haircut and uncompromising opinions, one composer, one performer. Ladies

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and gentlemen, playing the work of Wow. Well, good evening, ladies and

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gentlemen. Good evening. That's more like it. Listen. It's not late,

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but we're just letting a few more people get in. Listen. It's

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wonderful to see all of these cats here in this amazing auditorium.

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It's a bit of a lonely job, this one, playing Bach in a solitary

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manner, so I've got the ghosts of a few musicians around me just to,

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like, make a little placebo effect. So anyway, I'm going to start with

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this Preludium, which just for anyone who might not have heard it

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before - I know all of you cats is, like, the most knowledgeable in the

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world! But, you know, one or two might not have heard this most

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amazing thing about it - is this line of notes with the complete

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 266 seconds

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Thank you, by the way. LAUGHTER

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Um, so this next sonata in its entirety is a killer concentration

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- let's put it that way, and just as much for you as it is for me, so

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good luck, people. LAUGHTER

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 266 seconds

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Thank you very much indeed. Man, I need a beer!

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LAUGHTER Been off the alcohol at least a

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week for this. But I think, you know, I've got a theory about Bach

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which many other people have had before, which is that Bach can

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swing, you know - I mean, you know, these D minor artists are pretty

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serious, and we have just got through that together, and not

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really trying to swing in that one, but it's nice - some people put a

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bit of a beat in there, and these instruments are not just for show.

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There's going to be some noise coming out of these things, and I'd

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like to introduce to you, like, some amazing musicians who are

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going to help do a little bit of something to Bach, right?

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LAUGHTER So this guitar - this beautiful

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Maccaferri, I think should be played by a great friend of mine

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from Frankfurt, the beautiful country of Germany, one of my

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favourite countries, a fantastic place - a shame about the football,

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but English is even worse, yeah. Rolf Bassald, please.

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That's it. Pretty good applause considering

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you've played nothing yet. LAUGHTER

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You better be good, mate. Don't be nervous.

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And on contrabass, someone suitable for the size of the ininstrument

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and a fantastic musician, from Palestine stroke Israel, a

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fantastic player, Yaron Stavi. And then lovely to see you, mate.

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You are big enough for that instrument, man.

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LAUGHTER You know, it's fantastic having

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someone in the dressing room who can actually eat the rider! Anyway,

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so last but not least one of the social experiments in my band -

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LAUGHTER As a young kid, when he was going

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to kindergarten or the equivalent of such in Poland, he started

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beating the other kids physically, and the authorities, which had some

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say in people's lives in those days, kind of said, "Listen -" to his

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mother, this is - they said to the mother, Mrs Dziedzic, please can

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you buy your kid some drums so he can hit those and not the children?

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Right? And this has been an amazing success, so I would like to

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introduce to you Krzysztof "Still Out of Prison2 Dziedzic -- prison"

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Hey has been rationed to one drum, so I hope this does not lead to a

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fight in a phone box later, but, like, Krzysztof, how are you

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feeling? Great, thank you. Thank God for that. So anyway - yeah,

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let's keep him happy, I mean, whatever it takes, like. So we're

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going to play a song called Das Pendel, which is German for The

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 266 seconds

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Pendulum because it's based on Bach, Thank you very much indeed, ladies

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and gentlemen. Rolf Bassald, guitar. APPLAUSE

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Any Polish people in the audience? APPLAUSE

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OK. Well, I want to say something to Rolf - masz piekne wlosy. It

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means he's got lovely hair! He washed it for you guys, you know?

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Yaron Stavi on contrabass. (Speaking in Polish)

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APPLAUSE And, of course, Krzysztof "Still

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Out of Prison" Dziedzic - so man, I'd like to move into another

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dimension, if that's all right, so, like, same time of merits to the

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composer we're going to play next, a fantastic harmonic master, a

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phenomenal melodist and some rhythm in it as well. This guy's called

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Fats Waller, and we'd like to do one called How Can You Face Me Now?,

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which basically goes like this - # How can you face me

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# After what I've gone through # All on account of you

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# How can you face me now? # That's why I'm not going to do the

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melody or, like, singing it, OK? LAUGHTER

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 266 seconds

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# Yes # Yes! #

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One more for the road? AUDIENCE: Yeah!

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Sorry? Two more? No, that's too much, man. We don't know no more

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than this, and I've got through the whole night without swearing, and

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that's, like, taking some! This is a moor well-known song by the same

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composer. He went out and bought some flowers one time to try and

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make his girlfriend sweet. This one's called Honeysuckle Rose.

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 266 seconds

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE Yeah! Yeah, try the intro out, man.

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 266 seconds

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That would be pretty cool. One, A rather unexpected double bill,

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but then what would you expect of Kennedy but the unexpected Fats

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Waller paired with the music of JS Bach? Well, this is our last

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broadcast on BBC Four this season, but wrapping up the whole she bang

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Suzy Klein introduces 'people's violinist' Nigel Kennedy's return to the Proms with a concert of solo Bach, as he performs Partitas No 2 and No 3. Kennedy's other great musical love is jazz and he stresses the parallels between the music of Bach and jazz. The concert ends with Kennedy and three of his friends playing arrangements of numbers by Fats Waller.


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