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Leonidas Kavakos
Péter Nagy
Maurice Ravel
George Enescu

Leonidas Kavakos violin
Péter Nagy piano
Maurice Ravel
Sonate posthume
Tzigane – Rapsodie de concert
George Enescu
Impressions d’enfance, op 28
Sonata No 3, op 25
“dans le caractère populaire roumain”

Recorded March 2002
ECM New Series 1824
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ECM debut for the brilliant Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos, widely regarded as one of the most gifted musicians of his generation and increasingly sought-after as a recitalist and soloist. He is joined in this fascinating recording – exploring musical-historical connections between Maurice Ravel and George Enescu – by the exceptional Hungarian pianist Péter Nagy.
    The half-Swiss, half-Basque, French-educated Ravel (1875-1937) and the Romanian Enescu (1881-1955) were classmates at the Paris Conservatoire in the 1890s, studying composition with Fauré. Here, Ravel’s “Sonate Posthume” and “Tzigane”, with its gypsy flourishes, frame Enescu’s “Impressions d’enfance” and Third Sonata and make a strong case for urgent reinvestigation of this composer. Ravel needs no special pleading, but Enescu is too often overlooked. The Enescu revival starts here!