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Beethoven: Concerto for violin in D
Ludwig van Beethoven, Carlo Maria Giulini, Philharmonia Orchestra
Beethoven: Concerto for violin in D
Genre: Classical
 
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When Itzhak Perlman recorded this disc, many critics were surprised by the sobriety and quiet poetry of his interpretation, as though his many fine chamber-music recordings did not provide ample evidence of Perlman's quali...  more »

      
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All Artists: Ludwig van Beethoven, Carlo Maria Giulini, Philharmonia Orchestra, Itzhak Perlman
Title: Beethoven: Concerto for violin in D
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Label: EMI Classics
Original Release Date: 1/1/1980
Re-Release Date: 1/12/1999
Album Type: Original recording remastered
Genre: Classical
Styles: Forms & Genres, Concertos, Historical Periods, Classical (c.1770-1830), Instruments, Strings, Symphonies
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 724356695221, 724356695252

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When Itzhak Perlman recorded this disc, many critics were surprised by the sobriety and quiet poetry of his interpretation, as though his many fine chamber-music recordings did not provide ample evidence of Perlman's qualities as a "serious" musician. Although beautifully written for the instrument, Beethoven's sole violin concerto does not offer many opportunities for the kind of virtuoso fireworks that have made Perlman famous. But as all great musicians will, he turned this fact to his own advantage. This sensitive, profound performance has already passed into legend as a classic in every sense of the word. --David Hurwitz

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I like Giulini with Accardo much better
Santa Fe Listener | Santa Fe, NM USA | 09/30/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)

"I agree with the reviewer here who writes, "Perlman's Beethoven is technically sound, and in tune. It is not, however, bold, exciting, unique, or interesting." And I find Giulini's accompaniment too cautious and reverential. Where's the drama?

The Beethoven concerto is a warhorse that also hapens to be a masterpiece, and like the Fifth Sym., we've heard it a hundred times--it needs something fresh to come to life. Perlman and Giulini don't provide that. It's as if they wnated to mkae an officially great document for posterity.

I much prefer Giulini's Sony recording with Salvatore Accardo, who plays with soulful Romaantic ocnviction, not the only approach to Beethoven but better than what we hear on this CD."
A recording of resplendent beauty.
Miles D. Moore | Alexandria, VA USA | 01/01/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have heard Perlman perform the Beethoven concerto live, and was entranced by his rich, golden tone and enormous depth of feeling. This CD with Carlo Maria Giulini reproduces that live performance as much as any recording could hope to do. Perlman has been unfairly typed as a performer of mere surface flash, and this CD demonstrates just how unfair that charge truly is."
Beautiful and lyrical
Jeff Davis Maynor | Baton Rouge, LA United States | 07/23/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Beethoven's violin concerto, considered one of the if not the best ever written, has been recorded by every great violinist, and each brings their own strenghs to it. Perlman's strengh lies in the emotion his manages to convey in his superb playing. Giulini and the Philharmonia are wonderful partners in this recording and while I don't consider this the best recording (that honor falls to Heifetz and the Boston Symphony in my humble opinion) it is one that I truly enjoy and keep near the top of my list."