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Korngold, Goldmark: Violin Concertos / Perlman, Previn

Release Date: 01/01/1987 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 47846   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Karl GoldmarkErich Wolfgang Korngold
Performer:  Itzhak Perlman
Conductor:  André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The early-digital Korngold recording falls on the ear well enough; some early EMIs didn't. The soloist - perhaps taking his cue from the filigree work, which ducks direct diatonic contours to produce mild, angular dissonances - plays up the haunted, Expressionist element in the writing. This alternates with a bittersweet idiom similar to that of late Strauss. At the same time, conductor Previn, who has made something of a specialty of this concerto - the present recording is his first of three - knows how, and when, to bring out the composer's juicy Romanticism. The climactic tuttis of the first and third movements, with mid-range horns proclaiming the themes in unison, are as resplendent as anything in the composer's movie scores. Oddly, Read more Perlman's intonation isn't as impeccable as one might want, or hope: the exposed high notes soar, and fast scales are dashing and spot-on, but in the more intricate runs, it's as if the pitch doesn't always find time to settle.

...Karl Goldmark represents the post-Mendelssohn arm of German Romanticism - the route that didn't lead to Wagner - with this concerto and the Rustic Wedding Symphony hanging onto the fringes of the repertoire. His tunes are appealing and his orchestral textures attractive and varied, giving the liquid Pittsburgh woodwinds, in particular, a chance to shine. The structures sometimes strain for importance. There's something rather endearing about the awkward way the composer shoehorns a full-fledged fugue into the fourteen-minute first movement. Perlman relaxes for this piece, abandoning the "hard sell" he adopts in the other two scores, seemingly tossing off the first movement's most demanding figurations, maintaining the Andante's meditative mood with scrupulous tuning and firm bowing. Previn's support is stylish, keeping a light, springy touch even in that fugue, bringing out the music's charm.

-- Steve Vasta, MusicWeb International
reviewing the Korngold and Goldmark, previously reissued as EMI 5096762 Read less

Works on This Recording

Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 28 by Karl Goldmark
Performer:  Itzhak Perlman (Violin)
Conductor:  André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1877; Austria 
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35 by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Performer:  Itzhak Perlman (Violin)
Conductor:  André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; USA 

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