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Leonidas Kavakos

July 12, 2012


The Greek name Leonidas means "brave as a lion." Violinist Leonidas Kavakos lives up to his name in a bold, fiery performance of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, from a concert in the Netherlands. But Kavakos shows his tender side too in Tchaikovsky's sweet, singing melodies. We'll hear Leonidas Kavakos' thoughts on what makes this concerto great, and his performance with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Peter Tchaikovsky
    Nocturne in D Minor, Op. 19
    Nina Kotova, cello, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Constantine Orbelian, conductor
  • Wilhelm Stenhammar
    Seraillets Have (In the Harem Garden), from the Korvisor
    The Pro Arte Festival Chorus, Arthur Sjogren, director
    First Presbyterian Church, New Canaan, Connecticut
  • Peter Tchaikovsky
    Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35
    Leonidas Kavakos, violin, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Karel Mark Chichon, conductor
    The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Jeff Peterson
    Kahealani (Call from the Heavens)
    Jeff Peterson, slack key guitar, ETHEL
    Grand Canyon Music Festival, Grand Canyon, Arizona

hour 2

  • Alexander von Zemlinsky
    The Aulos Woodwind Quintet
  • John Dowland
    The King of Denmark's Galliard, from Lachrimae
    The Phantasm Viol Consort, Laurence Dreyfus, director and viol
    Wigmore Hall, London, England
  • William Byrd
    O Lord, Make thy Servant Elizabeth.Anthem
    Stile Antico
    Schwetzingen Festival, Schwetzingen, Germany
  • Alexander von Zemlinsky
    Die Seejungfrau (the Mermaid)
    Dresden Staatskapelle, Juraj Valcuha, conductor
    Semper Opera, Desden, Germany
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