Virtuoso

Virtuoso

by Leonidas Kavakos
     
 
Collections of encores are commonplace in the recording catalogs, but violinist Leonidas Kavakos comes up with something new here: a collection of showstoppers. With a couple of little Russian tunes from Stravinsky to ramp up, and Fritz Kreisler's arrangement of Dvorák's "Humoresque in G flat major, Op. 101, No. 7," to wind things down, the rest is a nonstop cavalcade

Overview

Collections of encores are commonplace in the recording catalogs, but violinist Leonidas Kavakos comes up with something new here: a collection of showstoppers. With a couple of little Russian tunes from Stravinsky to ramp up, and Fritz Kreisler's arrangement of Dvorák's "Humoresque in G flat major, Op. 101, No. 7," to wind things down, the rest is a nonstop cavalcade of extreme violin, with the various national traditions of the great virtuosos (Sarasate, Wieniawski) and composer showpieces (Richard Strauss and, unexpectedly, Benjamin Britten) providing variety. It all builds to Paganini's "Variations on God Save the King" (track 14), which you can sample for a taste of the violin's outer possibilities: it's one of Paganini's really over the top pieces and is for some reason less well-known than the others. Kavakos tosses off the whole thing with trademark nonchalance, and really this is a program that would have blown the minds of an audience a century ago and still amazes today.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/08/2016
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028947893776
catalogNumber:
002454402
Rank:
13798

Tracks

  1. Humoresque No. 7 for piano in G flat major, B. 187/7 (Op. 101/7)
  2. Variations on "God Save the King", for violin & orchestra, Op. 9, MS 56
  3. La capricieuse -- morceau de genre, for violin & piano, Op. 17
  4. Reveille, concert study for violin & piano
  5. Ruralia Hungarica, pieces (3) for violin & piano, Op. 32c: Andante alla zingaresca ("Gypsy Andante")
  6. Der Rosenkavalier, opera, Op. 59 (TrV 227): Waltzes
  7. Capriccio-valse, for violin & piano in E major, Op. 7
  8. Capriccio on "Nel cor più non mi sento", for violin solo in G major, Op. 38, MS 44: Introduction and Variations on "Nel cor più non mi
  9. El Sombrero de tres picos, ballet in 2 parts, G. 53: Danza del molinero
  10. Recuerdos de la Alhambra, for guitar
  11. Romanza andaluza y jota navarra, for violin & piano, Op. 22 (Danzas Españolas Nos. 3 & 4)
  12. Caprice basque (Capricho vasco), for violin & piano, Op. 24
  13. Mavra, opera buffa in 1 act: Chanson russe (The Russian Maiden's Song)
  14. Russian Dance, transcription for violin & piano (after Petrushka, with Samuel Dushkin)

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