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Kavakos on the Podium and Beside It

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Sibelius, Pelléas et Mélisande (original version), Lahti Symphony Orchestra, O. Vänskä
(BIS, 1999)
Charles T. Downey, Kavakos ends two-week NSO residency by taking up the baton (Washington Post, May 15)
Leonidas Kavakos came to the end of a two-week residency with the National Symphony Orchestra by showing a third facet of his musical personality. After shining as a soloist in Sibelius’s violin concerto last week, he gave what was reportedly an excellent solo recital earlier this week with Christoph Eschenbach at the piano. As heard last night in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Kavakos concluded by taking the podium for his conducting debut with the orchestra.

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National Symphony Orchestra
With Leonidas Kavakos, violinist and conductor
Kennedy Center Concert Hall

Robert Battey, Kavakos and Eschenbach combine to put on an inspired recital (Washington Post, May 13)

Charles T. Downey, Second Opinion: Eschenbach's Mahler 5 (Ionarts, May 9)

---, A cohesive-sounding conductorless New Century Chamber Orchestra at Strathmore (Washington Post, February 1, 2013)

---, Café Zimmermann (Ionarts, November 5, 2007)

1 comment:

MUSE said...

Kavakos has recorded the original version of the Sibelius concerto and I actually like it better than the revised version. Why he ever decided to revise it is something i do not understand. The revised version sounds a lot more Sibeliusish but perhaps it's because we are so used to hearing it that way.