Hi all, I just listened to Leonidas Kavakos' Sibeilus concerto, which is the original 1903/04 version of the concerto (before the 1905 revision). It was extremely interesting to hear the differences (he recorded the revised version as well). I think it's the only recording that features the orignal, so I doubt the music is published, though I'd love to see it. The violin was playing throughout the long orchestral tuttis in the first movement, and there is an additional cadenza towards the end of the first movement. The last movement had some interesting cutting and pasting: Sibeilus took out an entire chunk of very melodic and light dance music (which takes place during the first long tutti). On the whole, the concerto seemed to be much more light, dreamy, and happy. I deffinitely think the revised version is better and more consistent, but there are some really great things that we miss with the revision. I'd love to hear your thoughts if you've listened to it. Kavakos' playing is wonderful, very smooth, refined and elegant. He really does Sibelius' markings, which is rare.
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