Last week, Leonidas Kavakos suffered an extraordinary misfortune in Helsinki when the E string on his violin came loose just as he started a Mozart concerto. Listen here.
Last night, on home turf in Athens, Leonidas pitched into the Brahms concerto only for a string to break. What did he do? Over to our man on the spot, Alexandros Rigas:
At first, he changed his violin with the violin of the concertmaster #2 and a female violinist took Kavakos violin backstage. Kavakos tried the new violin for two notes and after a short discussion with the conductor, they went backstage. They returned fuve minutes later with the string fixed and they started from the beginning. Overall, Kavakos was far more loose and more free than in his recent recording (with Chailly). He offered two encores: Ysaye’s Sonata no 4 – Allemanda and the Andante from Bach’s Sonata no 2 in A minor.
Cool, or what?
UPDATE: And here’s an exclusive picture of the moment:
ASSOCIATION OF THE FRIENDS OF MUSIC ATHENS CONCERT HALL HALL: Christos Lambrakis 11/25/13. 60 Years of Association of the Friends of Music. Festive Concert. Athens State Orchestra. Musical direction by Vassilis Christopoulos. Leonidas Kavakos violin. HARIS AKRIVIADIS email@example.com www.fotobox.gr The photographs are protected by law.