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February 16, 1989 | ALBERT GOLDBERG
Reviewers tend to toss around too casually such a comprehensive term as virtuoso. It has become a catch-all cliche that no longer specifies anything in particular. But it is the only word that immediately comes to mind in describing Leonidas Kavakos, a boyish-looking, 22-year-old, Athens-born violinist who gave a recital on the Gold Medal series at Ambassador Auditorium Monday night. Kavakos has technique to burn.
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January 11, 2013 | By Richard S. Ginell
One must remember that it was the stereo LP that finally catapulted Holst's “The Planets” into international orbit in the 1950s and '60s because recordings could accommodate its crunching cataclysms and quiet, cool mysticism with equal ease and difficult balance problems could be solved with the turn of a dial. The Los Angeles Philharmonic participated in two recordings that helped sell the piece -- one a highly idiosyncratic version with Leopold Stokowski, and the other a famous Zubin Mehta sonic spectacular whose jackets bore the sticker “The Ultimate Trip.” Yet those who love “The Planets” ought to hear it in a really good acoustical space like Walt Disney Concert Hall, where Russian conductor Vassily Sinaisky and the Philharmonic went at it Thursday night (continuing through Saturday)
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August 23, 1992 | JOHN HENKEN
Leonidas Kavakos, violin; Peter Nagy, piano. Delos DE 3116. Put an exclamation point and as much emphasis as you can muster after the first three words of that cumbersome title. The young Greek violinist does indeed play, as neatly and nimbly, as fast and furious, as supplely and seductively as anyone.
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November 29, 2012 | By David Ng
Osvaldo Golijov is one of the most in-demand composers working today, with commissions from major orchestras around the world. But the past few years have been difficult for the Argentine composer: He has missed deadlines for new pieces and was accused earlier this year of plagiarism. On Thursday, Golijov whiffed again with the announcement that his new violin concerto -- already delayed -- will not be ready for its scheduled performances in January. The piece had been scheduled to be performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra, with violinist Leonidas Kavakos, in concerts in Philadelphia and Carnegie Hall.
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April 10, 2005 | Adam Baer, Special to The Times
IN an urban sprawl where the term "eclectic" brands the musical zeitgeist, from the studios of KCRW to the multi-genre live performances that pepper Southern California, a concert series centered on a progressive German record label would still have been a welcome addition.
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November 29, 2012 | By David Ng
Osvaldo Golijov is one of the most in-demand composers working today, with commissions from major orchestras around the world. But the past few years have been difficult for the Argentine composer: He has missed deadlines for new pieces and was accused earlier this year of plagiarism. On Thursday, Golijov whiffed again with the announcement that his new violin concerto -- already delayed -- will not be ready for its scheduled performances in January. The piece had been scheduled to be performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra, with violinist Leonidas Kavakos, in concerts in Philadelphia and Carnegie Hall.
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October 16, 2001 | DANIEL CARIAGA, TIMES MUSIC WRITER
A long-standing partnership of equals--violinist Leonidas Kavakos and pianist Peter Nagy are matched in brilliance, musical intelligence and interpretive flair--took over Founders Hall at the Orange County Performing Arts Center on Sunday afternoon, with an unhackneyed program satisfying in every respect.
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January 11, 2013 | By Richard S. Ginell
One must remember that it was the stereo LP that finally catapulted Holst's “The Planets” into international orbit in the 1950s and '60s because recordings could accommodate its crunching cataclysms and quiet, cool mysticism with equal ease and difficult balance problems could be solved with the turn of a dial. The Los Angeles Philharmonic participated in two recordings that helped sell the piece -- one a highly idiosyncratic version with Leopold Stokowski, and the other a famous Zubin Mehta sonic spectacular whose jackets bore the sticker “The Ultimate Trip.” Yet those who love “The Planets” ought to hear it in a really good acoustical space like Walt Disney Concert Hall, where Russian conductor Vassily Sinaisky and the Philharmonic went at it Thursday night (continuing through Saturday)
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August 27, 1990 | JOHN HENKEN
The annual Tchaikovsky Spectacular at Hollywood Bowl is thoroughly familiar, and everyone knows what familiarity breeds. But over the years the beloved old pyromaniac's delight has also created the cheering expectation of musical fireworks in the pre-intermission concerto spot. Such anticipation was rewarded again in the latest enactment of the ritual, courtesy of young Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos.
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July 1, 1992 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Bowl Substitution: The Los Angeles Philharmonic, which already has had to replace pianist Alfred Brendel for concerts next week at Hollywood Bowl, has lost another soloist. Violinist Leonidas Kavakos has had to leave town due to a family emergency. He will be replaced tonight in Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" by Mark Peskanov.
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April 10, 2005 | Adam Baer, Special to The Times
IN an urban sprawl where the term "eclectic" brands the musical zeitgeist, from the studios of KCRW to the multi-genre live performances that pepper Southern California, a concert series centered on a progressive German record label would still have been a welcome addition.
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October 16, 2001 | DANIEL CARIAGA, TIMES MUSIC WRITER
A long-standing partnership of equals--violinist Leonidas Kavakos and pianist Peter Nagy are matched in brilliance, musical intelligence and interpretive flair--took over Founders Hall at the Orange County Performing Arts Center on Sunday afternoon, with an unhackneyed program satisfying in every respect.
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August 23, 1992 | JOHN HENKEN
Leonidas Kavakos, violin; Peter Nagy, piano. Delos DE 3116. Put an exclamation point and as much emphasis as you can muster after the first three words of that cumbersome title. The young Greek violinist does indeed play, as neatly and nimbly, as fast and furious, as supplely and seductively as anyone.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 27, 1990 | JOHN HENKEN
The annual Tchaikovsky Spectacular at Hollywood Bowl is thoroughly familiar, and everyone knows what familiarity breeds. But over the years the beloved old pyromaniac's delight has also created the cheering expectation of musical fireworks in the pre-intermission concerto spot. Such anticipation was rewarded again in the latest enactment of the ritual, courtesy of young Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 16, 1989 | ALBERT GOLDBERG
Reviewers tend to toss around too casually such a comprehensive term as virtuoso. It has become a catch-all cliche that no longer specifies anything in particular. But it is the only word that immediately comes to mind in describing Leonidas Kavakos, a boyish-looking, 22-year-old, Athens-born violinist who gave a recital on the Gold Medal series at Ambassador Auditorium Monday night. Kavakos has technique to burn.
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September 19, 1986 | United Press International
San Diego Symphony concertmaster Andres Cardenes was one of six violinists named Wednesday as finalists in the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis by jury president Josef Gingold. The group includes Leonidas Kavakos of Greece, Sungsic Yang and Chin Kim of Korea, Annick Roussin of France and Kyoko Takezawa of Japan. They were chosen from among 16 semifinalists in a field of 43 violinists from 20 nations. The three-day final round began Thursday.
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October 11, 2001
3pm Music A native of Athens, Greece, Leonidas Kavakos won the Sibelius Competition in Helsinki in 1985, after which the Sibelius family invited him to perform and record the original version of the Sibelius concerto, which had been deemed unplayable. Kavakos will make his Orange County recital debut playing works of Bach, Stravinsky, Ysa{ydiere}e, Ravel and Enescu. Peter Nagy, first prize winner of the 1979 Hungarian Radio Competition, will be the accompanist.
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