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Classic Library - Tchaikovsky, Sibelius: Violin Concerto

Release Date: 04/20/2004 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 59419   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich TchaikovskyJean Sibelius
Performer:  Itzhak Perlman
Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Itzhak Perlman's late-1960s RCA recordings, made with an ever supportive Erich Leinsdorf, capture the violinist at the beginning of his career, when his confidence, bravura, and overall beguiling sweetness of tone were already clearly in evidence. In the Tchaikovsky, as in his later performances, Perlman tempers his instincts for virtuoso showmanship with poise and musical sensitivity, communicating his genuine love for the score. He's slightly more rambunctious in this earlier version, resulting in occasionally less than dead-on intonation in rapid passages, but many will prefer the excitement.

The Sibelius performance features many of the same attributes. Here Perlman adopts a gossamer yet sinewy tone that becomes
Read more impressively darker, as the music demands. It's an energized and finely executed performance, even though Perlman's interpretation would become more refined and his tone more ethereally beautiful in his later recording with Previn. Still, one advantage of the RCA sessions is that Perlman is somewhat better integrated with the orchestra than on the violin-dominated EMI recordings (though it's still not truly a natural sounding balance). At any rate, this new release is a great way to hear a world-class violinist in two repertory stables on one mid-price disc.
--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Itzhak Perlman (Violin)
Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 47 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Itzhak Perlman (Violin)
Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1905; Finland 

Sound Samples

Allegro Moderato
Canzonetta: Andante
Finale: Allegro vivacissimo
Allegro moderato
Adagio di molto
Allegro, ma non tanto

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