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Mendelssohn, Prokofiev: Violin Concertos / Itzhak Perlman

Release Date: 02/06/2008 
Label:  Erato   Catalog #: 91732   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Felix MendelssohnSergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Itzhak Perlman
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 52 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Live recordings from Perlman, more sparkling, volatile and intense than ever before.

With Daniel Barenboim conducting, Itzhak Perlman has made outstandingly successful live recordings of the Beethoven and Brahms violin concertos for EMI in Berlin, thriving on the extra challenge. Now with a change of venue and label Perlman and Barenboim are equally successful in these live recordings of Mendelssohn and Prokofiev, capturing an urgency and intensity that were not always so clearly present in Perlman's studio recordings. What is remarkable this time is that in this live recording Perlman is not only more sparkling and volatile, as well as more intense than before, he is markedly faster in all three movements. Though this
Read more new account misses some of the tenderness of his studio version with Previn, presenting a very strong and forceful reading, the extra spontaneity is most compelling. With a faster basic speed the slowing for the second subject in the first movement is even more consoling in its relaxation than before, and the more flowing speed for the central Andante completely avoids any danger of sentimentality, while the finale more than before conveys fun and exhilaration in its quick speed. Incidentally, the timings for the Prokofiev as well as for the Mendelssohn include well-deserved applause at the end.

The penalties of recording live in Orchestra Hall, Chicago, come out more clearly at the start of the Prokofiev, where one immediately registers a rumble of background noise. The balance, as always with Perlman recordings, favours the soloist, but no one who fancies these brilliant, compelling performances is likely to be seriously disappointed in the sound. Perlman's Prokofiev has similar qualities to his Mendelssohn, but here in the first movement he is markedly slower than Bell and slower too than Chung or Mintz. His account of the Bellinian melody of the second movement too has an aptly yearning beauty, while he plays the finale with astonishing command, both fast and lilting, leading to a thrilling close.

-- Edward Greenfield, Gramophone [1/1994]
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Works on This Recording

Concerto for Violin in E minor, Op. 64 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Itzhak Perlman (Violin)
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1993 
Venue:  Live  Orchestra Hall, Chicago 
Length: 26 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Concerto for Violin no 2 in G minor, Op. 63 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Itzhak Perlman (Violin)
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 05/1993 
Venue:  Live  Orchestra Hall, Chicago 
Length: 25 Minutes 44 Secs. 

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