Itzhak Perlman, a widley renowned virtuoso, does not always impress me. However, this recording certainly did. Although he tends to sometimes crash his bow down, there is a brilliance and a delicacy to his playing. The last movement of Carmen is clear and the intonation is good. The tempo of the third movement is too fast for my taste. The other work that I really loved was Caprice Basque. He has a certain disregard for the score (dynamic wise,) but the performance is wonderful. Sarasate was known for his intonation in the high registers, and Perlman's is great also. The part of this CD that meant the most to me, though, is that you can hear the passion with which he plays. It's difficult, even for the most musical of performers, to bring that through on a recording, but Perlman manages it - really well.