On Sunday, I heard Leonidas Kavakos give an unduly restrained performance of the Berg concerto with the LSO. He should have been playing the UK premiere of Osvaldo Golijov’s new concerto, but it wasn’t ready – as it wasn’t twice this year for Los Angeles and Berlin premieres. Kavakos is having to learn a whole load of other rep while waiting for the never-never.
Tonight, Philadelphia and Carnegie Hall announced it won’t be ready for the next scheduled date, in January. Kavakos will play the Szymanowski instead.
Golijov said: ”Regardless of how they fare later in life, some works have a pleasant birth, while others a difficult one. The violin concerto belongs to the second type, and I can only hope that when it is ready to see the world, it will be worthy of the artistry of Leonidas Kavakos, as well as that of the other artists and presenters who entrusted me with its creation.”