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Virtuoso - works by Wieniawski, Elgar, R. Strauss, Paganini, Stravinsky, Sarasate, Dvorak / Leonidas Kavakos, violin; Enrico Pace, piano

Album Summary

>Stravinsky, Igor : Danse russe
>Stravinsky, Igor : Mavra
>Sarasate, Pablo de : Caprice Basque
>Sarasate, Pablo de : Romanza andaluza y jota navarra, for violin & piano, Op. 22 (Danzas Españolas Nos. 3 & 4)
>Tárrega, Francisco : Recuerdos de la Alhambra
>Falla, Manuel de : El sombrero de tres picos
>Paganini, Niccolò : La molinara, Op. 38
>Wieniawski, Henryk : Capriccio-Valse in E major, Op. 7
>Strauss, Richard : Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59
>Dohnányi, Ernst von : Ruralia hungarica, Op. 32c
>Britten, Benjamin : Reveille, concert study for violin & piano
>Elgar, Edward : La capricieuse, Op. 17
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 51
>Paganini, Niccolò : Variations on "God Save the King", for violin & orchestra, Op. 9, MS 56
>Dvorak, Antonin : Humoresques (8) for Piano, Op. 101/B 187
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Leonidas Kavakos, one of the world's finest violinists, has recorded an album of some of the most exciting and challenging violin works ever written, alongside beautiful, lyrical encores. His unique style steals the show in a dazzling, wide-ranging program, from Wieniawski to Elgar via Sarasate and Strauss. The recital features showstoppers by Britten, Paganini, Stravinsky, Tarrega, Tchaikovsky and others.

Gramophone Magazine, June 2016
[Enrico Pace is] a marvelously attentive but far from self-effacing accompanist... [and] I doubt if there is more than a handful of violinists alive who can match Kavakos in the tonal variety, accuract and speed of his harmonics, or in the deft alternation of bowing and left-hand pizzicato. In fact, I wonder if Paganini would have equalled him... I can't remember when I last enjoyed a violin recital quite as much as this.

The Guardian, 14th April 2016
If there's a problem with this disc - and it's a minor problem - it's that you can't gawp at a recording. Leonidas Kavakos has put together some of the most demanding showstoppers in a violinist's box of tricks, and dispatches each with elan.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Dimitris Mitropoulos Hall, Megaron, The Athens Concert (05/28/2015-05/31/2015).



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>Stravinsky, Igor : Danse russe
  • Performer: Leonidas Kavakos (Violin)
  • Notes: Dimitris Mitropoulos Hall, Megaron, The Athens Concert Hall, Athens (05/28/2015-05/31/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932

>Stravinsky, Igor : Mavra :: Chanson russe (The Russian Maiden's Song)
  • Performer: Leonidas Kavakos (Violin)
  • Notes: Dimitris Mitropoulos Hall, Megaron, The Athens Concert Hall, Athens (05/28/2015-05/31/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1922

>Sarasate, Pablo de : Caprice Basque
  • Performer: Leonidas Kavakos (Violin)
  • Notes: Dimitris Mitropoulos Hall, Megaron, The Athens Concert Hall, Athens (05/28/2015-05/31/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1881

>Sarasate, Pablo de : Romanza andaluza y jota navarra, for violin & piano, Op. 22 (Danzas Españolas Nos. 3 & 4)
  • Performer: Leonidas Kavakos (Violin)
  • Notes: Dimitris Mitropoulos Hall, Megaron, The Athens Concert Hall, Athens (05/28/2015-05/31/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 18th Century

>Tárrega, Francisco : Recuerdos de la Alhambra
  • Performer: Leonidas Kavakos (Violin)
  • Notes: Dimitris Mitropoulos Hall, Megaron, The Athens Concert Hall, Athens (05/28/2015-05/31/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1880-1905

>Falla, Manuel de : El sombrero de tres picos :: Danza del molinero
  • Performer: Leonidas Kavakos (Violin)
  • Notes: Dimitris Mitropoulos Hall, Megaron, The Athens Concert Hall, Athens (05/28/2015-05/31/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1917-1919

>Paganini, Niccolò : La molinara, Op. 38 :: Introduction and Variations on "Nel cor più non mi sento"
  • Performer: Leonidas Kavakos (Violin)
  • Notes: Dimitris Mitropoulos Hall, Megaron, The Athens Concert Hall, Athens (05/28/2015-05/31/2015)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1821

>Wieniawski, Henryk : Capriccio-Valse in E major, Op. 7
  • Performer: Leonidas Kavakos (Violin)
  • Notes: Dimitris Mitropoulos Hall, Megaron, The Athens Concert Hall, Athens (05/28/2015-05/31/2015)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1852

>Strauss, Richard : Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59 :: Waltzes
  • Performer: Leonidas Kavakos (Violin)
  • Notes: Dimitris Mitropoulos Hall, Megaron, The Athens Concert Hall, Athens (05/28/2015-05/31/2015)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1909-1910

>Dohnányi, Ernst von : Ruralia hungarica, Op. 32c :: Andante alla zingaresca ("Gypsy Andante")
  • Performer: Leonidas Kavakos (Violin)
  • Notes: Dimitris Mitropoulos Hall, Megaron, The Athens Concert Hall, Athens (05/28/2015-05/31/2015)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1924

>Britten, Benjamin : Reveille, concert study for violin & piano
  • Performers: Leonidas Kavakos (Violin); Enrico Pace (Piano)
  • Notes: Dimitris Mitropoulos Hall, Megaron, The Athens Concert Hall, Athens (05/28/2015-05/31/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1937

>Elgar, Edward : La capricieuse, Op. 17
  • Performer: Leonidas Kavakos (Violin)
  • Notes: Dimitris Mitropoulos Hall, Megaron, The Athens Concert Hall, Athens (05/28/2015-05/31/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1891

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 51
  • Performer: Leonidas Kavakos (Violin)
  • Notes: Dimitris Mitropoulos Hall, Megaron, The Athens Concert Hall, Athens (05/28/2015-05/31/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1882

>Paganini, Niccolò : Variations on "God Save the King", for violin & orchestra, Op. 9, MS 56
  • Performer: Leonidas Kavakos (Violin)
  • Notes: Dimitris Mitropoulos Hall, Megaron, The Athens Concert Hall, Athens (05/28/2015-05/31/2015)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1829

>Dvorak, Antonin : Humoresques (8) for Piano, Op. 101/B 187
  • Performer: Leonidas Kavakos (Violin)
  • Notes: Dimitris Mitropoulos Hall, Megaron, The Athens Concert Hall, Athens (05/28/2015-05/31/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic