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Product details

  • Audio CD (19 Dec. 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: ECM New Series
  • ASIN: B00076QG4G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 328,090 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

Product Description

Leonidas Kavakos performs Bach's Partita No 1 and Sonata No 1 for violin solo and, with Hungarian Peter Nagy at the piano, plays Stravinsky's Duo concertant and Suite Italienne. The results are breathtaking, and bear out the judgement of the world's press on Kavakos's recent ECM recording (also with Nagy), which combined music of Ravel and Enescu.

"Kavakos makes the music howl, shriek, weep or croon, infuses it with humour or passion, takes risks. And he is well on his way to becoming the most famous Greek in the classical world since Callas and Mitropoulos" - The Independent

Johann Sebastian Bach's music was a touchstone for Igor Stravinsky for his entire life. He loved the textural clarity, the lucidity and conciseness of Bach's forms and was very strongly influenced by them. The Stravinsky pieces featured here, both from the early 1930s, are two of the most dazzling examples of his Baroque-inspired modern music. Bach is a reference point in both.

Stravinsky's Duo Concertant, "a masterpiece in every respect worthy of being measured against Bach" (Hans-Klaus Jungheinrich in the liner notes), opens the programme. The dance stylings of Bach's B Minor Partita lead the way to Stravinsky's light and charming Suite Italienne, and the G Minor Sonata delivers Bach's "musical science" in its most concentrated form. The recital demonstrates splendid dramaturgy - "Electrical sparks are flying fast and furiously between the past and the future".

Recorded 2002

Leonidas Kavakos - (violin), Peter Nagy - (piano)

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x8eb7a18c) out of 5 stars 10 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8eb8fc3c) out of 5 stars Stravinsky and Bach Would Have Loved This Recording! 29 Aug. 2005
By Grady Harp - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Though at first the album cover stating the pairing of Bach with Stravinsky may seem bizarre, nothing could be further from the truth. Brilliant Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos has elected to pair Stravinsky's neo-classical 'Duo Concertante' and 'Pulcinella Suite or `Suite Italienne' (with fine accompaniment from pianist Peter Nagy) with Bach's unaccompanied G-minor Sonata and B-minor Partita. Meshing the virtuosity of these two composers' demands is what makes this recital absolutely pulsatile!

Kavakos has perfect intonation and flexibility of tonal approach that he demonstrates between the 'baroque sound' for the Bach works and the richly romantic sound for the slower movements of the Stravinsky works. His technique is astonishingly fine and his rapport with Nagy is as sensitive as his solo moments with Bach.

This is one of those intelligent recordings that not only presents superb works well performed but has an idea about programming that is novel and that works! Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, August 05
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8eb8fc90) out of 5 stars This is the violin sound that made Paganini seem possessed 14 Feb. 2005
By Todd Montgomery - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Based on the performance, this should be 5 stars, but there is some background noise during the Partita (sounds like breathing). Otherwise, I receommend this CD without further reservation. I simply have never heard any recorded violin with the tone that Kavakos has--and the same is true of his Enescu/Ravel album. It's also pleasant to hear some rare Stravinsky works--I certainly don't associate violin/piano chamber music with him, especially with a baroque sound as in the Italian suite. The highlight is certainly his Bach--we can hope that Kavakos will give us complete sets of the partitas! Of course Nagy is excellent on the piano but not as prominent as in the Enescu/Ravel album.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f0b43f0) out of 5 stars the magic duo strikes again! 11 Feb. 2006
By E.Basiakos - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Kavakos and Nagy bridges the gap between the two ages in classical music in this recording,baroque and modern,chosing excellent works,once again.The whole disc is breathtaking,full of lyrical,dramatic and esoterical moments,especially Stravinsky cuts,which are less performed.It has the charismatic property,very few discs have,to be heard from the beginning to the end,enjoying the brilliant playing and the discrete but equal roles of both musicians.The sound is typical ECM,means excellent.Highly recommended,don't miss it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8eb8ff18) out of 5 stars Igor Stravinsky Meets JS Bach 23 Jun. 2009
By Second Hearing - Published on
Format: Audio CD
On the face of it a violin / piano recital juxtaposing first Stravinsky's Duo Concertant against Bach's Partita #1 in Bminor and Stravinsky's Suite Italienne against Bach's Sonata #1,in the same program, seems incongruous and a potential disaster to say the least. Yet that's what violinist Leonidas Kavakos and pianist Peter Nagy propose and effectively make an argument for the pairing in this 2005 ECM recording, which sadly appears to be out of print on the Amazon website but available in the Amazon marketplace.

While a most unique, courageous recital Kavakos / Nagy's advocacy and stellar performances and ECM's recorded sound are bound to win you over. The sound is clear, Kavakos displays excellent tonal qualities and expressive intensity in his play and Nagy is an equal partner all the way. It's rare that such high level musical interaction is caught in the studio. There is a level of intimacy and passion that is caught and the listener is included and rewarded.

Stravinsky's and Bach's works come off as extensions of each other. If anything BAch seems more contemporary than Stravinsky. Kavakos displays a full bodied tonal production and masterful technique. There are no thin piercing notes. Instead there is a fluidity of phrasing on both performer's parts. The Partita dances as does the Suite Italienne. When there are lyrical passages, sheer beauty prevails.

Make no mistake! This is a cd you can play over and over and never get tired or bored. In fact hitting replay lets nuances seep through as every time you hear new ideas. An exceptional recording in which both violin and piano are present and not distant.

If there is a down side you get only one sonata and partita. I know I want to hear Kavakos's take on the complete Sonatas and Partitas of Bach. If you have not seen Kavakos play, there are videos on You Tube. Just go to and search Kavakos. Solo Bach is there as well as Sibelius (he was winner of a Sibelius competition) and Brahms.

Any who loves fine violin playing in an intimate setting will want this recording.

"Second Hearing, because once is just not enough!"
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8eb94174) out of 5 stars A gorgeous album, not to be missed! 6 Dec. 2005
By Amadeus 888 - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is one of those rare CDs that one cannot do without. In other words, I purchased it a month ago and I haven't been able to take it off my CD player ever since. To be brief and to the point:

- The program is unique and very original juxtaposing Stravinsky and Bach. Very interesting and fresh.

- The Duo Concertant of Stravinsky is pure magic, with moments of "harsh madness" alternating with passages of sweet lyrical beauty, where wild, crazy torrents of "playful" notes change into slow and poignant phrases that linger.

- Unlike the Stravinsky selection (which includes some not very well known works), the partitas of Bach are very well known, indeed. However, what is not so "common" in this case, is the performance of Kavakos, which can be described with one simple word: outstanding.

Highly recommended. Also check out the previous ECM CD of Kavakos/Nagy with music by Ravel and Enescu. Their performance of the "Sonate posthume" of Ravel is the best I've ever heard. The same for the Enescu.
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