Oddly, neither the CD front cover nor the title "Virtuoso Violin" indicates that this is an all-Spanish program. What's important, however, is that these 1972-80 recordings represent Itzhak Perlman at his technical and expressive apogee. In the two Sarasate violin-with-orchestra showpieces that bookend the collection, Perlman's passionate phrasing, warm tone, and effortless technique make for a joyous listening experience. Similarly, the Falla, Granados, Halffter, and Albéniz selections all benefit from the violinist's idiomatic eloquence and the rhythmic élan with which he points up melodies. With EMI's still-vibrant sound quality, 79 minutes of playing time, and budget price (plus Perlman on primeRead more form), how can you go wrong? [3/22/2003]--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less
Perlman Is Outstanding!September 1, 2012By Richard F. Buckley (Jefferson Hills, PA)See All My Reviews"This CD features Itzhak Perlman at his best! I have bought several of these bargain discs on the EMI label, and I am yet to be disappointed. They feature great artists and great music - every one! Perlman is magnificent on this disc. His unique style and fiery temperament are perfectly represented. I only wish that EMI had advertised that the disc featured Spanish selections exclusively. I was particularly attracted by Sarasate's Bizet Carmen Fantasy, but all of the cuts were very satisfactory. If I had been in charge of producing the disc, I might have selected a few other pieces, but otherwise I cannot quarrel with what is an outstanding CD at any price, much less the ridiculously low price at which EMI offers these bargains. A must add to any collection of violin music, classical music in general, or Itzhak Perlman in particular!"Report Abuse
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