Leonidas Kavakos gives the second of his two recitals devoted to the Six Solo Violin Sonatas and Partitas by J S Bach, including the extraordinary Chaconne.
Opening with a highly decorated Adagio that unfolds like a mournful soliloquy, Bach’s Sonata No 1 also features a four-part Fugue of exhilarating variety. The Partita No 1 is a work of hidden depths, and the Partita No 2 culminates in one of the pinnacles of the repertoire, a Chaconne so monumental that it moved Brahms, years later, to write: ‘On one stave, for a small instrument, the man writes a whole world of the deepest thoughts and most powerful feelings.’
Leonidas Kavakos is one of the most versatile violinists on the world stage, and is celebrated for his recordings of these works: ‘The clarity of texture and shaping of contrapuntal lines in the fugues is delightful … Not so much music as a contemplation of the divine’ (The Strad).
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The Barbican Hall is located within the main Barbican building. Head to Level G and follow the signs to find your seating level.
Silk Street, London
The Barbican is widely accessible by bus, tube, train and by foot or bicycle. Plan your journey and find more route information in ‘Your Visit’ or book your car parking space in advance.
Spaces for wheelchair users in row U at the rear of the stalls (up to sixteen, depth of row 180cm) and the back row of the circle (four), both with fold-down companion seats. Some seats in row S of the stalls for people with very limited mobility.
Assistance dogs may be taken into the concert hall where there are a limited number of suitable seats in row G of the stalls. If you prefer, you may leave your dog with a member of the cloakroom staff during the performance.
There is an induction loop in the concert hall. You can use this by adjusting your hearing aid to the ‘T’ setting.