Serenade (After Plato's 'Symposium'): Socrates: Alcibiades (Molto tenuto-Adagio-Allegro molto vivace)
Violin Concerto, Op. 14: I: Allegro
Violin Concerto, Op. 14: II: Andante
Violin Concerto, Op. 14: III: Presto in moto perpetuo
Three American Pieces: Early Song (Andante)
Three American Pieces: Dedication (Lento)
Three American Pieces: Composer's Holiday (Allegro)
Barber's Violin Concerto and Bernstein's Serenade are two of the most attractive and accessible pieces in the modern violin repertory. Both are superbly played by Perlman, as might be expected. But what makes this album a ... more »special treat is the Lukas Foss coupling--an unusual and charming work that belies the charges of critics who accuse Perlman of not being interested in contemporary music. Certainly this is one of his best discs. --David Hurwitz« less
Barber's Violin Concerto and Bernstein's Serenade are two of the most attractive and accessible pieces in the modern violin repertory. Both are superbly played by Perlman, as might be expected. But what makes this album a special treat is the Lukas Foss coupling--an unusual and charming work that belies the charges of critics who accuse Perlman of not being interested in contemporary music. Certainly this is one of his best discs. --David Hurwitz
"I am a fan of Mr. Perlman and consider him the finest violinist on the stage today. However, he can be sloppy... very sloppy. Perlman "the great Romantic," here he has a great concerto to express all of his Romanticism in, the Barber. I listened to it and found it lacking passion and furthermore it was cautious throughout the wonderful first movement. It seemed almost not hard enoguh for him and recieved a cursory interpretation. The second mvmt. was better and I felt Perlman's love starting to peek through, he almost convinced me to forgive the first mvmt., then came the last. First, it was choked and slow then came an even bigger problem... intonation was all over the place. It was very out of tune and therefore dissappointing. The orchestra did an admireable job, Perlman failed. I know this concerto's last mvmt. is not too hard for him, I have listened to his Tchaik. he just didn't seem to care about the Barber. Thankfully this was only a library copy. Buy Hahn's interpretaion, it is passionate and the last mvmt is lightning fast and accurate. Sorry Perlman, stick to what you care about."
Absolutely magnificent CD
Hans Zeller | Los Altos, CA USA | 11/20/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This was a key CD for me in developing a taste for Barber, Bernstein, and Perlman. Perlman's performance of the Barber concerto is just out of this world with its combination of perfect play and deep emotion. One of the CDs that I most listen to."
Hans Zeller | 06/15/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was very pleased with this album. I don't own it yet, but I borrowed a copy from the library. I was absolutly thrilled with it. Perlman's playing is effortless, and with so much ease. It is truly beautiful, and he makes "violin sing with the birds!." Of all the songs, I most enjoyed the Adagio movement-from Bernstein's Plato Symposium. Perlman has a real talent in expanding the slower Adagio movements-and giving them more charachter and personality. This is probably his greatest gift-and he gives one of his finest performances in this album. I recommend this album to anyone (I have recently purchased mine and am waiting for its arrival in the mail). It is the type of album you could listen to for hours, and not put it down."
Perlman understands the soul of the violin
Gabriel Lewin | 02/06/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Izhak Perlman is a shmaltzy violinist. Fine. If one wants a technical genius, buy a Heifitz album. Most modern violinists today are technically minded and each note and rhythm is perfect. But, none today understand the soul of the instrument like Perlman. The reason this CD is invaluble is because he knows that Foss, Bernstein and especially Samuel Barber were writing for an instrument that begs to sing. The violin is an instrument which is completly vulnerable to the human spirit and it is that spirit which these composers have channeled into their music. Perlman evokes Bernstein and the others through his playing and one cannot help but think that Lenny, Samuel and Lukas are in the room with him."