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Swedish violinist Daniel Lozakovich, 18, explores works by Tchaikovsky, including the Violin Concerto, Méditation from Souvenir d'un lieu cher; and arrangements of two vocal works, Lensky’s Aria from Eugene Onegin and Romance, Op.6 No.6, "None But the Lonely Heart." Lozakovich performs the Concerto with the Russian National Philharmonic Orchestra, with conductor and fellow violinist, Vladimir Spivakov, with whom Lozakovich made his solo debut in 2010. “Playing with Maestro Spivakov and the Russian National Philharmonic, I really felt the Russian soul of their sound," Lozakovich said. "My favorite interpretation of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto has always been Maestro Spivakov’s recording. After the sessions he said to me, ‘I have played this concerto with my personal interpretation for the last 50 years. Now it’s your turn to do the same with this concerto for the next 50 years.’ That meant so much to me. BELOW: From the album, Lozakovich performs "Valse sentimentale. Tempo di Valse" from Tchaikovsky's Six Pieces, Op. 51.
This double-CD celebrates the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, with works taken from each of the composer’s three creative periods. In addition to the Violin Concerto and the early Septet, Op. 20, are the "Variations on Folk Songs," Op. 105 and 107. "The emotions in Beethoven’s music are extremely rich and personal," said Kavakos. "They reveal a big heart that is filled with the courage to challenge the world. We encounter a man capable of being not only polite but also very coarse. His world is typified by inner conflicts and powerful confrontations. In my own view it is impossible to approach Beethoven by means of stylized emotions – ‘pure’, controlled and, as it were, disembodied intonation is not enough. Beethoven leaves the eighteenth-century perspective far behind him and looks resolutely ahead." Kavakos’s cadenzas are based on the ones that Beethoven himself is believed to have written down in 1809 in his own copy of the piano version of the concerto that he prepared in 1807. BELOW: An earlier recording of Kavakos playing the Beethoven third-movement cadenza in a performance with the Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Yuri Temirkanov
Deutsche Grammophon releases chamber music by Mieczyslaw Weinberg under the direction of Gidon Kremer. The album features Weinberg's "Three Pieces for Violin and Piano," which he completed when he was only 15 years old and had not yet received any compositional training, "Dream About A Doll," and Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 6. Kremer is joined by Yulianna Avdeeva on piano and Giedré Dirvanauskaité on cello. BELOW: Kremer and Avdeeva perform the "Scherzo" from Weinberg's Three Pieces for Violin and Piano:
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