I must admit that when it comes to the violin, I always look for a Kennedy recording first. They say that certain virtuosos of the instrument can interpret the compositions of certain composers - but in my book Kennedy's the exception: he'll enthral you with a Hendrix rock song (or one of his own, sadly underrated, works from "Kafka") or amaze you with a Bach partita. Since his heady days in the wake of the Vivaldi Four seasons, however, it's in live performances where I truly believe Kennedy feels most comfortable and performs the best. So this eagerly anticipated studio album of such well known works had a lot to live up to: and it does. The double violin concerto as presented here is truly outstanding stuff, all credit be due to Daniel Stabrawa. The violin concerto No 2 on the other hand has been so over-done in recent years that its difficult to pass judgement. But the real gems on the album are the concerto No 1 and the concerto for violin and oboe, and it's one of the qualities of this album to see this repertoire brought to the limelight. I have to admit that until this recording I was sadly unfamiliar with the latter of these works. And it was an utter delight to be exposed to it by someone who probably parallels Gould on Bach, with a violin instead of a piano.