Greek Violinist Kavakos Escapes Euro Crisis While Playing With NY Philharmonic

The partnership will produce recordings of some of the giants of the violin repertoire. First up is Beethoven’s cycle of violin sonatas. “The luxury of having a great company like Decca as a partner is that it helps me, and I’m sure any other artist, to create a recording journey that one wants to do,” he said. “I would say that the first thought was that I want to record two of what I consider the cornerstones of the repertoire on the violin and one is Beethoven violin sonatas because it’s of course one of the very few big cycles that you have on the violin—it’s a lot of music, it’s about six hours of music.”

The second cornerstone of the repertoire that he mentions will be the Bach Solo Sonatas and Partitas. They’ll be followed with the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Gewandhaus Orchestra. “For me it was important to create this line of the peak of violin repertoire because I have also a little objection to the way that the business goes today in the sense that you have more and more of these short little pieces here and there—arrangements, transcriptions—and all that we can do in order to become popular and likable which is of course the way to go,” he said.

For now, understandably, in addition to upcoming performances, his thoughts are at home. A possible way out of what he views as Greece’s moral as well as a financial crisis? The arts, he said.

“I think this is more than ever the time for humanity to look into the arts,” he explained. “And I’m not talking about music, especially, but into the arts in the sense that the epicenter of the arts is the gift of life for humans—that incredible gift that is at the same time a curse and a blessing. When that is not being appreciated—then that’s a source of problems.”

cgaines@observer.com