Orchestra Giovanile Luigi Cherubini
conductor and violin
Concerto per violino e orchestra in mi minore op. 64
Sinfonia n. 1 in do minore op. 68
A third-generation violinist, Leōnidas Kavakos handles his Stradivarius with the ease of a great virtuoso and the awe due to a precious piece of history. The sense of prodigy that has accompanied the Greek musician since his first performances is still intact, in spite of his fifty years of age and the responsibilities of the podium. This sense of prodigy is fully expressed in a score that is an inalienable must for every true virtuoso: Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, composed for legendary violinist Ferdinand David, who premièred it in 1845, and featuring a rare balance of melodic impetus and emotional lyricism in a solid yet original formal structure. As solid as Brahms’s first and most painful Symphony, scored a mere thirty years later.