Kavakos' Korngold, Gilbert's Nielsen from NY
Tune in tonight at 7 to hear the amazing Leonidas Kavakos play Korngold's Violin Concerto and Alan Gilbert conduct the New York Philharmonic in two symphonies of Carl Nielsen. Erich Wolfgang Korngold - the greatest Viennese prodigy since Mozart - fled the Third Reich and afterwards made his living in Hollywood; his Violin Concerto is an outright masterpiece. As for Nielsen, he's been called "the most underrated composer of the 2oth century." Gilbert conducts the Second Symphony ("The Four Temperaments") and his Third (the Sinfonia Espansiva). Kavakos was the youngest artist ever to win the International Sibelius Competition. He also won the Paganini Competition, as well as the concerto awards of both Gramophone and ECHO Klassik. He is currently artist-in-residence of the Berlin Philharmonic, and - in addition to playing his Stradivarius - has a successful second career as a conductor.