To the Bozar this evening for a concert given by the Geawandhausorchester Leipzig under the energetic baton of Riccardo Chailly for a great double bill of Shostakovich and Brahms. First up was Shostakovich’s first violin concerto, and we were once again treated to the sublime gifts of Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos. We have had the good fortune to hear him twice in the recent past at the Bozar, once playing Beethoven’s violin concerto and once playing Sibelius’s violin concerto in D minor. He seems able to adapt himself effortlessly to different composers and styles and here he demonstrated once again both his adaptability and his skill and passionĀ in interpreting a modern masterpiece. The second half of the bill was Brahms’s third symphony, and here the orchestra and the conductor came into their own. It was a wonderful evening’s entertainment.