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Beethoven: Violin Concerto, Op. 61, Septet, Op. 20 & Variations on Folk Songs, Op. 105 & 107

Leonidas Kavakos

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The violinist Leonidas Kavakos has many strings to his bow: an acclaimed soloist, he conducts orchestras – his first love – and is a chamber musician. This double album bears witness to the skills of this musical polymath who knows his Beethoven. He functions here both as soloist and conductor of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, which boasts over 60 musicians. In line with the practices of the composer's lifetime, this choice highlights the "egalitarian" style of the concerto's writing. While a virtuoso piece for sure, this score is more than just a pedestal for the soloist: the latter works closely with their peers, and shares every theme with them. Leonidas Kavakos gives a magisterial performance at the head of this impressive orchestra and brings forth some sumptuous nuances from the players, commanding their sustained and close attention.
Heir to Viennese Classicism, Beethoven opened the way to the Concertos of Brahms or Sibelius, in which the solo violin often accompanies the orchestra with acrobatic embellishments. As agile as he was at the start of his career, the soloist doesn't perform Kreisler's famous cadence, but rather brings to life what Beethoven published for piano. This moment of complicity with the orchestra continues in camera in the Septet, Op. 20, the first score of the kind, in which the musicians sound like a small orchestra; and then finally in the 6 National Airs with Variations, Op. 105 for piano and flute (or violin ad libitum). Commissioned by a Scottish publisher when Beethoven was composing his Ninth Symphony, these miniatures for amateurs sound just as fresh as their dancing melodies. A very fine record which shows Beethoven in a less stormy light than usual. © Elsa Siffert/Qobuz

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Beethoven: Violin Concerto, Op. 61, Septet, Op. 20 & Variations on Folk Songs, Op. 105 & 107

Leonidas Kavakos

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DISC 1

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

1
I. Allegro ma non troppo 00:27:27

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Orchestra - sebastian braun, Producer - Leonidas Kavakos, Violin, MainArtist - Klemens Kamp, Recording Engineer - Martin Kistner, Mastering Engineer

(P) 2019 Sony Music Entertainment/Bayerischer Rundfunk

2
II. Larghetto 00:11:31

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Orchestra - sebastian braun, Producer - Leonidas Kavakos, Violin, MainArtist - Klemens Kamp, Recording Engineer - Martin Kistner, Mastering Engineer

(P) 2019 Sony Music Entertainment/Bayerischer Rundfunk

3
III. Rondo - Allegro 00:10:28

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Orchestra - sebastian braun, Producer - Leonidas Kavakos, Violin, MainArtist - Klemens Kamp, Recording Engineer - Martin Kistner, Mastering Engineer

(P) 2019 Sony Music Entertainment/Bayerischer Rundfunk

DISC 2

Septet in E-Flat Major, Op. 20 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

1
I. Adagio - Allegro con brio 00:09:55

Heinrich Braun, Bass - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - sebastian braun, Producer - Leonidas Kavakos, Violin, MainArtist - Klemens Kamp, Recording Engineer - Martin Kistner, Mastering Engineer - Marco Postinghel, Bassoon - Michael Krogmann, Recording Engineer - Wen Xiao Zheng, Viola - Christopher Corbett, Clarinet - Eric Terwilliger, Horn - Hanno Simons, Cello

(P) 2019 Sony Music Entertainment/Bayerischer Rundfunk

2
II. Adagio cantabile 00:09:01

Heinrich Braun, Bass - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - sebastian braun, Producer - Leonidas Kavakos, Violin, MainArtist - Klemens Kamp, Recording Engineer - Martin Kistner, Mastering Engineer - Marco Postinghel, Bassoon - Michael Krogmann, Recording Engineer - Wen Xiao Zheng, Viola - Christopher Corbett, Clarinet - Eric Terwilliger, Horn - Hanno Simons, Cello

(P) 2019 Sony Music Entertainment/Bayerischer Rundfunk

3
III. Tempo di menuetto 00:03:14

Heinrich Braun, Bass - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - sebastian braun, Producer - Leonidas Kavakos, Violin, MainArtist - Klemens Kamp, Recording Engineer - Martin Kistner, Mastering Engineer - Marco Postinghel, Bassoon - Michael Krogmann, Recording Engineer - Wen Xiao Zheng, Viola - Christopher Corbett, Clarinet - Eric Terwilliger, Horn - Hanno Simons, Cello

(P) 2019 Sony Music Entertainment/Bayerischer Rundfunk

4
IV. Tema con variazioni. Andante 00:07:33

Heinrich Braun, Bass - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - sebastian braun, Producer - Leonidas Kavakos, Violin, MainArtist - Klemens Kamp, Recording Engineer - Martin Kistner, Mastering Engineer - Marco Postinghel, Bassoon - Michael Krogmann, Recording Engineer - Wen Xiao Zheng, Viola - Christopher Corbett, Clarinet - Eric Terwilliger, Horn - Hanno Simons, Cello

(P) 2019 Sony Music Entertainment/Bayerischer Rundfunk

5
V. Scherzo - Allegro molto e vivace 00:03:19

Heinrich Braun, Bass - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - sebastian braun, Producer - Leonidas Kavakos, Violin, MainArtist - Klemens Kamp, Recording Engineer - Martin Kistner, Mastering Engineer - Marco Postinghel, Bassoon - Michael Krogmann, Recording Engineer - Wen Xiao Zheng, Viola - Christopher Corbett, Clarinet - Eric Terwilliger, Horn - Hanno Simons, Cello

(P) 2019 Sony Music Entertainment/Bayerischer Rundfunk

6
VI. Andante con moto alla marcia - Presto 00:07:55

Heinrich Braun, Bass - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - sebastian braun, Producer - Leonidas Kavakos, Violin, MainArtist - Klemens Kamp, Recording Engineer - Martin Kistner, Mastering Engineer - Marco Postinghel, Bassoon - Michael Krogmann, Recording Engineer - Wen Xiao Zheng, Viola - Christopher Corbett, Clarinet - Eric Terwilliger, Horn - Hanno Simons, Cello

(P) 2019 Sony Music Entertainment/Bayerischer Rundfunk

7
Variations on Folk Song, Op. 105: No. 3, A Schüsserl und a Reindl 00:05:52

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Nicolas Bartholomée, Producer - Leonidas Kavakos, Violin, MainArtist - Enrico Pace, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Kistner, Mastering Engineer - Maximilien Ciup, Recording Engineer

(P) 2019 Sony Music Entertainment

8
Variations on Folk Song, Op. 107: No. 1, I bin a Tiroler Bua 00:04:57

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Nicolas Bartholomée, Producer - Leonidas Kavakos, Violin, MainArtist - Enrico Pace, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Kistner, Mastering Engineer - Maximilien Ciup, Recording Engineer

(P) 2019 Sony Music Entertainment

9
Variations on Folk Song, Op. 107: No. 2, Bonny Laddie, Highland Laddie 00:02:40

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Nicolas Bartholomée, Producer - Leonidas Kavakos, Violin, MainArtist - Enrico Pace, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Kistner, Mastering Engineer - Maximilien Ciup, Recording Engineer

(P) 2019 Sony Music Entertainment

10
Variations on Folk Song, Op. 107: No. 6, Peggy's Daughter 00:03:53

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Nicolas Bartholomée, Producer - Leonidas Kavakos, Violin, MainArtist - Enrico Pace, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Kistner, Mastering Engineer - Maximilien Ciup, Recording Engineer

(P) 2019 Sony Music Entertainment

11
Variations on Folk Song, Op. 107: No. 7, Schöne Minka 00:05:54

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Nicolas Bartholomée, Producer - Leonidas Kavakos, Violin, MainArtist - Enrico Pace, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Kistner, Mastering Engineer - Maximilien Ciup, Recording Engineer

(P) 2019 Sony Music Entertainment

Album Description

The violinist Leonidas Kavakos has many strings to his bow: an acclaimed soloist, he conducts orchestras – his first love – and is a chamber musician. This double album bears witness to the skills of this musical polymath who knows his Beethoven. He functions here both as soloist and conductor of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, which boasts over 60 musicians. In line with the practices of the composer's lifetime, this choice highlights the "egalitarian" style of the concerto's writing. While a virtuoso piece for sure, this score is more than just a pedestal for the soloist: the latter works closely with their peers, and shares every theme with them. Leonidas Kavakos gives a magisterial performance at the head of this impressive orchestra and brings forth some sumptuous nuances from the players, commanding their sustained and close attention.
Heir to Viennese Classicism, Beethoven opened the way to the Concertos of Brahms or Sibelius, in which the solo violin often accompanies the orchestra with acrobatic embellishments. As agile as he was at the start of his career, the soloist doesn't perform Kreisler's famous cadence, but rather brings to life what Beethoven published for piano. This moment of complicity with the orchestra continues in camera in the Septet, Op. 20, the first score of the kind, in which the musicians sound like a small orchestra; and then finally in the 6 National Airs with Variations, Op. 105 for piano and flute (or violin ad libitum). Commissioned by a Scottish publisher when Beethoven was composing his Ninth Symphony, these miniatures for amateurs sound just as fresh as their dancing melodies. A very fine record which shows Beethoven in a less stormy light than usual. © Elsa Siffert/Qobuz

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