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Bernstein: Serenade; Barber: Violin Concerto; Foss: American Pieces / Ozawa, Perlman, Boston So


Release Date: 10/21/2003 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 62600   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Samuel BarberLeonard BernsteinLukas Foss
Performer:  Itzhak PerlmanJules Eskin
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Here is a lesson in 20th-century American concertante violin repertoire, and an equally valuable lesson in how to perform it – Perlman, Ozawa and the musicians of the Boston SO are in fine fettle. The five movements of Bernstein’s Platonic Serenade are sympathetically written for the violin, and the appeal of their implied programme in praise of love is immediate. Barber’s radiant concerto is played with the affection and understanding it deserves, with gorgeous tone, and dazzling fireworks in the scintillating finale. But it’s Lukas Foss’s Three American Pieces that most vividly capture the musical imagery of verdant rural expanses and folk culture that are the America of popular nostalgia. In their way they provide an ideal foil to Read more Bernstein’s urban sensibility at the start of the disc, yet for all their suggestiveness, they achieve their end without sounding like Copland. No easy task.

-- Barrymore Laurence Scherer, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin, Op. 14 by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Itzhak Perlman (Violin)
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; USA 
2.
Serenade for Violin and Orchestra "after Plato's Symposium" by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Itzhak Perlman (Violin), Jules Eskin (Violin)
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; USA 
3.
American Pieces (3) by Lukas Foss
Performer:  Itzhak Perlman (Violin)
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944/1986; USA 

Sound Samples

Serenade: I. Phaedrus: Pausanias (Lento - Allegro marcato)
Serenade: II. Aristophanes (Allegretto)
Serenade: III. Eryximachus (Presto)
Serenade: IV. Agathon (Adagio)
Serenade: V. Socrates: Alcibiades (Molto tenuto - Adagio - Allegro molto vivace)
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 14: I - Allegro
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 14: II - Andante
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 14: III - Presto in moto perpetuo
3 American Pieces: Early Song (Andante)
3 American Pieces: Dedication (Lento)
3 American Pieces: Composer's Holiday (Allegro)

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