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Is Leonidas Kavakos the greatest violinist in the world? / Philadelphia Inquirer

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The greatest violinist in the world? It's a silly concept, of course. Some are wonderful technicians, others find a humanity in the music obvious nowhere on the printed page. But if there is another violinist anywhere who could have pulled off the extraordinary PCMS recital Leonidas Kavakos did Monday night at the Perelman Theater, I don't know who it might be. He came with an enormous advantage in his longtime collaborator, Enrico Pace.

There's that breathtakingly delicate stretch in the second movement of Beethoven's Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Minor, Opus 23 where, in two-note increments, piano and violin take turns going down a scale. In tone and in character, they dovetailed so beautifully the sound seemed to spring from a single hand.   PHOTO: PETE CHECCHIA

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