LEONIDAS KAVAKOS - BACH: SEI SOLO
Format: 2 x CD
Catalogue No.: 19439903132
Release Date: 04 Feb 2022
An exclusive Sony Classical artist since 2018, Leonidas Kavakos now stands ready to release his most significant recording yet – Bach: Sei Solo, his first account of Bach’s Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin. Ever-restless, ever-questioning & consistently captivating, Leonidas Kavakos ‘the violinist’s violinist’ (The Strad) is recognized as one of the greatest musicians alive. Kavakos is a laureate of the great violin competitions & a visitor to the great orchestras of the world – as both violinist & conductor. In 2017 he joined the likes of Shostakovich, Rostropovich & Rubinstein as a laureate of the Sonning Music Prize. The release also includes the famous Chaconne in D minor from the Partita No. 2, for many, Bach’s single greatest span of music. Like many of his coevals, Bach was capable of creating great structures in sound, making use of the full panoply of choir, orchestra & soloists. He was unique, however, in his ability to conjure similar architectural marvels out of a single instrument. Bach titled his set Sei Solo – both a description of the work itself (‘six solos’) & a reminder of the challenge to the player: ‘you are alone.’ Leonidas Kavakos tackles that challenge & “keeps a firm grip on the rhythm, but one never gets the feeling that he is merely metronomic. Indeed, in the Double of the Courante, he wrestles the flood of notes into long, well-formed phrases, establishing a structure of impressive breadth and integrity (…) every line seems sharply etched, & Kavakos takes unusual care to balance the voices” – Gramophone Magazine. Kavakos’s account of Bach’s scores, which have been interpreted by every major violinist throughout history, will be a major moment in his career. The recording was made in December 2020 in Berlin, with Kavakos playing his 1734 ‘Willemotte’ Stradivarius.
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