Dvorak Night, Salle Pleyel in Paris, February 28 2011
|Maestro Chailly and Leonidas Kavakos|
The Carnival Overture
Violin Concerto in A-minor
Riccardo Chailly, conductor
Leonidas Kavakos, violin
Always exciting to see Riccardo Chailly has not the same kind of aura in Paris, as Daniel Barenboim for instance, but his name is a synonymous for one of those sure values that never cease to attract numerous classical music lovers in Paris, so La Salle Pleyel was full on this night. This was a concert on my not-to-miss-list as I wanted to hear Gewandhäuser performing live and in a repertory I'm not particularly crazy about.
I should be clearer: I love Rusalka, I love the Dvorak's 9th..., but I am not crazy about his Slavonic Dances that the first piece in this program resembled a lot. If I was to phrase it in one sentence then The Carnival Overture is roughly a Slavonic Dance with a ladle of lacrimosa effects.
Dvorak's Violin Concerto was more interesting, especially because of Leonidas Kavakos whom this concerto fit like a glove. There the orchestra really gave him a fantastic support and I particularly appreciated the lyricism of the second part Adagio ma non troppo. [Too bad the last part again brought back the Slavonic Dances tunes.] The enthusiastic crowd was responsive and Leonidas offered us a 100% solo encore. Bravo!
|Ricardo Chailly, Leonidas Kavakos, and the members of Das Gewandhausorchester|
It may sound a cliché but in this case I believe Chailly really brought this technically brilliant orchestra his dynamism, his Southern enthusiasm and his contagious joy to perform, and the result is really pleasant, not-routinely, concert evening. Thanks guys!
I'm glad to have discovered Dvorak's 7th, but I still wish I could listen to this orchestra performing one of the Mahler's symphonies.
I'll be waiting for their next appearance in Paris -- whatever the program they come up with.
I just saw on the Gewindhausorchester's website that the orchestra performed identical program in Leipzig a few weeks ago and the video is available for free-viewing (see here) Enjoy!