Leonidas Kavakos plays Stravinsky

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos is sometimes overshadowed in the limelight by more charismatic superstars but he remains a favorite of world-class orchestras around the globe. On this week’s broadcast from the New York Philharmonic, Kavakos performs Stravinsky's Violin Concerto, a spiky, witty, acerbic piece that is based on Baroque styles.

Tonight’s all-Stravinsky program also includes the Neoclassical opera-oratorio Oedipus Rex, with tenor Anthony Dean Griffey and mezzo-soprano Waltraud Meier and the early cantata Le roi des étoiles. Valery Gergiev brings his steady Russian expertise to these scores.

Program details:

Stravinsky Le roi des étoiles

Stravinsky Violin Concerto

Stravinsky Oedipus Rex

Valery Gergiev, conductor

Leonidas Kavakos, Violin

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Comments [1]

Sidney Goldman from Baldwin, NY

I have an old CD which has Leonidas Kavakos, our violinist in Stravinsky's Violin Concerto, playing 12 wonderful pieces by 9 composers, and the CD, a Delos, shows that Kavakos can play with warmth and strength.

And here he in a live performance by WQXR of the New York Philharmonic!

Thank you WQXR.

May. 27 2010 09:41 PM

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