Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Lawrence Foster, Jean-Baptiste Accolay|
Concertos From My Childhood / Perlman, Foster
Genres: World Music, Classical
Here is one of the greatest violinists of this or any other time playing student pieces ranging from elementary to virtuosic, so that budding violinists can hear what they sound like in a master player's hands. Let it be s... more »
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Here is one of the greatest violinists of this or any other time playing student pieces ranging from elementary to virtuosic, so that budding violinists can hear what they sound like in a master player's hands. Let it be said at once that Perlman lavishes on them as much loving care and heartfelt expressiveness as on the staples of the literature, playing with his inimitably beautiful, golden tone, easy brilliance, stylistic flair, and captivating charm. He's clearly having a grand time. His fans will not be disappointed. The orchestrations, by unidentified arrangers, greatly enhance the music's effects; the student orchestra sounds thoroughly professional. The disc's educational value, however, is open to question, because the technical resources of students learning these pieces are worlds removed from Perlman's. For example, he uses full vibrato and dazzling speeds; he plays in first position, as written, only in the Rieding concerto; in the Seitz, he succumbs to his flair for virtuoso slides. The Bériot is stunning; the Viotti, the only "real" piece that turns up in concerts, including Perlman's own, sounds beautiful, but strangely uninvolved. Experienced teachers may well fear that listening to this disc could intimidate, frustrate, and discourage students rather than inspire them. So, enjoy it, but keep it away from the kids! --Edith Eisler
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(5 out of 5 stars)
"First of all, I beg to differ with the editorial review of this CD, and add that the review made me hopping mad, to put it mildly. This CD was and remains to be both a COMFORT and an INSPIRATION to me as a student violinist. From the basic Seitz to the bridging-the-gap Accolay to the Viotti, Perlman gives each the consideration and perfection it is entitled to. Students who are discouraged, as I have been, with their progress in peices they are tempted to consider "babyish" will not be discouraged by this CD; rather, they will be inspired by the level of excellence and consideration that is given the concertos by Perlman. By the time a student is at the level to play the Accolay concerto, or the Viotti, that student is anxious to move on from the student repitoire into the world of "real" music. Thus, it is a real encouragement to hear these peices taken seriously.
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The Pleasures of Simplicity
George N. Wells | Dover, NJ USA | 03/23/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Perhaps we are all a bit too sophisticated. This recording, with the stated purpose of letting students hear a master play them, is a joy to listen to. There is little pyrotechics or flashy playing, in fact much is "first position" playing. While a student may aspire to equal the master in playing these pieces, they are also quite listenable.As a "student violinist" I appreciate both the artistry and simplicity of these works. It is all good music that has been too easily relegated to the areana of student recitals. Most of us will never share the stage with violinists the calibre of Perlman, but we can play and enjoy the same music. Thank you Mr. Pearlman."
A great CD aimed at young violinists
Bambi Robinson | Missouri | 03/03/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Perlman plays four concertos and one ballet scene that are usually played by intermediate level violin students. Recordings of these pieces are hard to find, so it is nice that a master of the violin decided to make a recording using a student orchestra at Juilliard. Perlman does a wonderful job of playing simple music. It is nice for children to have a recording showing them how one of the world's best violinists makes their beginner concertos into beautiful music. I highly recommend it for Suzuki students in Vol. 4 who are beginning to play concertos (the first Seitz in Vol. 4 is the 3rd movement of the Seitz Concerto no. 2 on this CD). It is nice to hear the concertos with full orchestra, instead of the usual violin plus piano that is usually found on the Suzuki CDs.
The music itself is simple: it is aimed at children who are intermediate violin students, not Symphony Hall. The first two concertos are played in first position only. If you're looking for Perlman playing advanced music with all the "bells and whistles", then this is not the CD for you: you should look for his recordings of the standard adult repertoire. If you're looking for a CD to please your intermediate level violinist, then this one will likely do the trick. My 9 year old daughter loves it."