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Acclaimed Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos makes his Decca Classics debut with the complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas. A young artist of rare quality, Leonidas Kavakos won the Sibelius Violin Competition in 1985, when still in his teens and, three years later, the Paganini Competition.
Often described as “the violinist’s violinist”, Der Tagesspiegel wrote that Kavakos has “quite possibly the most beautiful violin tone imaginable”.
He has appeared with conductors including Riccardo Chailly, Valery Gergiev and Iván Fischer, and with the world’s major orchestras, including the Berliner Philharmoniker, Gewandhausorchester, London Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata For Violin And Piano No.1 in D, Op.12 No.1
1. Allegro Con Brio
2. Tema Con Variazioni (Andante Con Moto)
3. Rondo (Allegro)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata For Violin And Piano No.2 in A, Op.12 No.2
1. Allegro Vivace
2. Andante Più Tosto Allegretto
3. Allegro Piacevole
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata For Violin And Piano No.3 in E Flat, Op.12 No.3
1. Allegro Con Spirito
2. Adagio Con Molt'espressione
3. Rondo (Allegro Molto)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata For Violin And Piano No.5 in F, Op.24 - "Spring"
2. Adagio Molto Espressivo
3. Scherzo (Allegro Molto)
4. Rondo (Allegro Ma Non Troppo)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata For Violin And Piano No.4 in A minor, Op.23
2. Andante scherzoso, più allegretto
3. Allegro molto
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata For Violin And Piano No.8 in G, Op.30 No.3
1. Allegro assai
2. Tempo di minuetto, ma molto moderato e grazioso
3. Allegro vivace
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata For Violin And Piano No.9, Op.47 - "Kreutzer"
1. Adagio sostenuto - Presto
2. Andante con variazioni
3. Finale (Presto)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata For Violin And Piano No.6 in A, Op.30 No.1
3. Allegretto con variazioni
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata For Violin And Piano No.6 in C minor, Op.30 No.2
1. Allegro con brio
2. Adagio cantabile
3. Scherzo (Allegro)
4. Finale (Allegro)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata For Violin And Piano No.6 in G, Op.96
1. Allegro moderato
2. Adagio espressivo
3. Scherzo (Allegro)
4. Poco allegretto
A half-hour interview with Kavakos on the Beethoven Sonatas
Leonidas Kavakos on the 'Abergavenny' Stradivarius
The Independent on Sunday
17th February 2013
“In their beautifully balanced survey of Beethoven's Sonatas for Violin and Piano, Kavakos and Pace allow us to eavesdrop on 10 intimate conversations between musical equals.”
“This is a notably well-played set, and Pace and Kavakos have considered deeply how to present Beethoven's ideas in the clearest, most vivid way. Phrases are precisely articulated, the dynamic shapes and stress points brought into clear focus.”
18th March 2013
“Kavakos' tone is both sweet and full-blooded, never overblown; Pace's contribution is lithe, characterful and sensitive...this vital, joyous set of Beethoven's boundary pushing sonatas takes its place among the very best.”
“[Op. 96] holds some of the most delicate and refined playing of the set...This is a milestone in Kavakos's remarkable career and a worthy successor to the four-decades-old Perlman/Ashkenazy classic.”
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