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Perlman also presents a personality performance, one which naturally brings out the individuality of his artistry. The LPO strings play with great refinement, and with a rather more intimate acoustic than in other versions, the result is both in scale and sharply defined'. -- Gramophone Magazine
Itzhak Perlman, violin virtuoso, conductor, and master-instructor is widely considered as one of the preeminent violin virtuosi of the 20th century.
He made his debut at Carnegie Hall in 1963 and won the prestigious Leventritt Competition in 1964. Soon afterward he began to tour extensively. In addition to an extensive recording career, he has made occasional guest appearances on American television, starting in the
1970s on shows such as The Tonight Show and Sesame Street, as well as playing at a number of functions at the White House.
While primarily a solo artist, Perlman has performed with a number of other notable musicians, including Yo-Yo Ma, Jessye Norman, Isaac Stern, and Yuri Temirkanov at the 150th anniversary celebration of Tchaikovsky in Leningrad in December 1990. He has also performed (and recorded) with good friend and fellow Israeli violinist Pinchas Zukerman on numerous occasions over the years.
The Four Seasons is Vivaldi's best-known work, and is among the most popular pieces of Baroque music. The texture of each concerto is varied, each resembling its respective season. "Winter" is peppered with silvery staccato notes from the high strings, calling to mind icy rain, whereas "Summer" evokes a thunderstorm in its final movement, which is why said movement is often dubbed Storm.
The concertos were first published in 1725 as part of a set of twelve concerti, Vivaldi's Op. 8, entitled Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione (The Contest between Harmony and Invention).
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