Herbert Blomstedt & Leonidas Kavakos

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

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There’s depth to this humor: violinist Leonidas Kavakos, an introverted musician who is wholly devoted to his art and scrupulously avoids the usual flashy repertoire . . . is the finest interpreter of Mendelssohn’s buoyant concerto. Thus reads the judgement of Der Spiegel, which recommends the artist’s interpretation of the work in its list of “best good CDs of classical music.” We are every bit as enthusiastic and looking forward to presenting this exceptional artist with the Gewandhausorchester under Herbert Blomstedt – together with Bruckner’s most well-loved symphony which, like Mendelssohn’s Concerto, was premiered by the Gewandhausorchester.

Both works have firm places in the core repertoire. Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto is a shining example of how tuneful melodies can be combined with virtuosity – the work became a model for many violin concertos to come.

Along with the Fourth, Bruckner’s Seventh is the composer’s most popular symphony. Its slow movement is the composer’s reaction to the death of Richard Wagner, whom he deeply admired. The first movement contains what is perhaps the longest melody in the Romantic symphonic tradition.

Photo: Martin U.K. Lengemann

Sponsor Silke WeberPerformance ends at approximately 10:00 pmTickets available from 19 € to 130 €
  • Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
    Violin Concerto in E minor, op. 64
    Anton Bruckner
    Symphony No. 7 in E major

    • Herbert Blomstedt Condutor
    • Leonidas Kavakos Violin
    • Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
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