Violinist Leonidas Kavakos is joined by the inspirational Russian pianist Nikolai Lugansky.
Leonidas Kavakos has been widely praised for his passionate performances combining physicality with an intense intimacy. He returns to the Festival after a triumphant recital in 2008, when he also had popular success with the London Symphony Orchestra under Valery Gergiev, with whom he performs Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto No 2 in the Usher Hall this year.
Joined by the inspirational Russian pianist Nikolai Lugansky, a performer who mixes subtle refinement with breathtaking virtuosity, Kavakos performs four ravishing chamber masterpieces.
Brahms’s dreamy, rain-inspired First Sonata is full of languid melodies and graceful tenderness, while Respighi’s seldom-heard Violin Sonata is a turbulent piece, with passionate climaxes and soaring solo lines. Violin and piano are in competition in Stravinsky’s fiery Duo concertante, and Janácˇ ek’s folk-inspired Violin Sonata swings restlessly between sunny melodies and episodes of great poignancy.
Leonidas Kavakos Violin
Nikolai Lugansky Piano
Janáček Violin Sonata
Brahms Violin Sonata No 1 in G
Stravinsky Duo concertante
Respighi Violin Sonata