April 10, 2005 |
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.
November 29, 2012 |
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.
October 16, 2001 |
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.
January 11, 2013 |
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)
August 27, 1990 |
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.
July 1, 1992 |
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.