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|Johannes Brahms, Itzhak Perlman, Daniel Barenboim|
Brahms: The 3 Violin Sonatas
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Robert L. Berkowitz | Natick, MA United States | 11/02/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I was glad to read the last reviewer's comments because I, too, found this disc to be disappointing.The Brahms Violin Sonatas are among my all-time favorite works. I own many recordings of them, and I was eager to listen to this one when I first obtained it, particularly because the Penguin guide gave it such a favorable review. This recording does not take flight the way that the partnership of Perlman and Ashkenazy does. Perlman and Barenboim tend to take faster tempos and, as the last reviewer commented, the violin sounds thin in this live recording. Moreover, Barenboim sometimes sounds tentative to me.The Penguin guide clearly prefers this performance over the Perlman/ Ashkenazy partnership stating that Perlman and Ashkenazy avoid underlying tensions and highlight the more lyrical aspects of this music. This music is intensely lyrical, and yet the complex interplay between the two instruments is highlighted beautifully in that perfectly-balanced recording. Perlman and Barenboim don't have the same advantage.The previous reviewer liked the Suk/ Katchen partnership. That was my first recording of this music and it opened my ears and my heart to this music. However, I now prefer Perlman/ Ashkenazy to Suk/ Katchen. Other excellent recordings include Szeryng/ Rubinstein, Zukerman/ Barenboim, Amoyal/ Chiu (although the artists' breathing is very audible) and Laredo/ Pommier."
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Melvyn M. Sobel | Freeport (Long Island), New York | 11/09/2000
(2 out of 5 stars)
"If you can get past Perlman's swooning, vibrato-immersed violin playing, the rather thin sound of this live recording (which, by the way, is noted nowhere in the liner notes, on the CD, or on the back of the jewel box), and the intrusive applause, then, well, you might enjoy these performances. Perhaps not. Of course, since these ARE live performances, a certain latitude must be given; however, that said, I still find this Brahms wanting... too often. If anything, Barenboim pulls more interesting detail from this music than does Perlman, whose closely-miked violin tends to constantly overshadow his partner's piano. These artists try admirably, but there are simply too many moments of sloppy, stilted ensemble work, too much "pointing," and an overall sense that an imbalance exists in more than just the recording itself.
[Running time: 65:50]
Perfectly executed live performance!
Melvyn M. Sobel | 04/07/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A well balance duo. These 3 sonatas for piano and violin are very difficult to play. You need the heavy but firm, not strident, Brahms touch. You can find a lot of complexes rythms and it is very easy to lose the tempo, especially in the scherzos. Perlman singing at his best level, a very inspired performance. A good team work of these two virtuosos. Bravo maestro!"