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Mozart: Violin Concertos No 3 & 4, Rondos / Perlman, Levine


Release Date: 04/05/1991 
Label:  Dg 3d Classics Catalog #: 431282   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Itzhak Perlman
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In his review of the original LP release of these performances RG expressed a general liking for them whilst remarking that they were in the "good old 'Romantic' tradition". Admirers of what I understand by that term may be a little disappointed by what they find here for, whilst the cadenzas certainly belong to that approach, most other features of the playing bring us pleasantly up to date. The orchestra does not sound over inflated and Perlman is comparatively restrained both in his use of portamentos and vibrato. Not restrained enough for my hiking, but there it is; one seldom gets everything one wants and these interpretations are polished and sympathetic. Perlman's intonation is generally reliable and his uppermost notes a Read more real pleasure to the ear... highly recommended on account of Perlman's ravishing violin playing.

-- Gramophone [9/1983]
reviewing K 216, originally released on CD as DG 410020


...DG achieves a smoother, more luscious sound, in keeping with Perlman's warm, seductive playing style.

-- Stephen Johnson, Gramophone [8/1986]
reviewing the Rondos, originally released on CD as DG 415958
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin no 3 in G major, K 216 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Itzhak Perlman (Violin)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1982 
Venue:  Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 24 Minutes 15 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Violin no 4 in D major, K 218 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Itzhak Perlman (Violin)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775 
Date of Recording: 06/1985 
Venue:  Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 22 Minutes 40 Secs. 
3.
Rondo for Violin and Orchestra no 1 in B flat major, K 269 (261a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Itzhak Perlman (Violin)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1776; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1985 
Venue:  Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 6 Minutes 12 Secs. 
4.
Rondo for Violin and Orchestra no 2 in C major, K 373 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Itzhak Perlman (Violin)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1781 
Date of Recording: 06/1985 
Venue:  Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 5 Minutes 24 Secs. 

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