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Prokofiev: Violin Concertos, Sonata / Perlman


Release Date: 08/19/2008 
Label:  Emi Classics Encore Catalog #: 08278   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Itzhak PerlmanPinchas Zukerman
Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Much as one hates to admit it, Itzhak Perlman's 1980 recordings of Prokofiev's two Violin Concertos with Gennady Rozhdestvensky conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra are as warm, as lovely, as convincing, and as compelling as any made in the past 50 years. That Perlman, a virtuoso violinist with a pronounced penchant for syrupy sentimentality, should shine in Prokofiev's modernist music is hard to acknowledge. One tries to be assured with the idea that Prokofiev's Violin Concertos are less modernist than most of his works, that its themes are lyrical melodies, that its sonorities are warm and lush, that its structures are shapely and rounded. One tries to be consoled by the notion that Perlman's virtuosity is used here only when appropriate Read more and never simply for effect, that his rich tone suits the melodies as his nostalgic interpretations suit the works. But whether or not one can be assured or consoled, one has to admit that Perlman's performances are the best since those of Oistrakh. Prokofiev's Sonata for two violins is played here by Perlman and his good friend Pinchas Zukerman. Amazingly enough, one has to admit that these two extremely sweet-toned violinists have turned in a performance that is both lyrical enough for the work's melodies and acerbic enough for its harmonies, both driven enough for the fast movements and tender enough for the slow movements. In all three works, EMI's sound is warm, clear, and vivid.

– James Leonard, All Music Guide Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin no 1 in D major, Op. 19 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Itzhak Perlman (Violin)
Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916-1917; Russia 
2.
Concerto for Violin no 2 in G minor, Op. 63 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Itzhak Perlman (Violin)
Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; Paris, France 
Length: 26 Minutes 5 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for 2 Violins in C major, Op. 56 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Itzhak Perlman (Violin), Pinchas Zukerman (Violin)
Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; Paris, France 
Length: 15 Minutes 33 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major Op. 19: I. Andantino
Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major Op. 19: II. Scherzo (Vivacissimo)
Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major Op. 19: III. Moderato
Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor Op. 63: I. Allegro moderato
Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor Op. 63: II. Andante assai - Allegretto
Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor Op. 63: III. Allegro, ben marcato
Sonata for 2 Violins Op. 56 (1996 Digital Remaster): I. Andante cantabile
Sonata for 2 Violins Op. 56 (1996 Digital Remaster): II. Allegro
Sonata for 2 Violins Op. 56 (1996 Digital Remaster): III. Comodo (quasi anima)
Sonata for 2 Violins Op. 56 (1996 Digital Remaster): IV. Allegro con brio

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