- Audio CD (Nov 3 1998)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: EMI Classics
- ASIN: B00000GCA5
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
|1. Concerto For Violin And Orchestra In D, Op.61: I: Allegro ma mon troppo - L.V. Beethoven|
|2. Concerto For Violin And Orchestra In D, Op.61: II: Larghetto - L.V. Beethoven|
|3. Concerto For Violin And Orchestra In D, Op.61: III: Rondo (Allegro) - L.V. Beethoven|
Giulini's accompaniment is rather dry, which the CD transfer seems to make more evident. But the performance by Perlman is excellent. Truly a virtuoso of the highest order!
Perhaps not the greatest overall performance, but one well worth hearing!
The composition itself is simply "charming"; not flippant, but lighthearted in nature. The 25-minute 1st movement is not in the least bit tiring with rich, buttery playing from Itzhak. Conduction is transparent (in a good way), and exchanges with Itzhak seamlessly.
The final rondo movement is especially playful. About 2/3 of the way through he plucks at the strings, almost to alert the listener that the movement is nearly zipping past: like a friendly tap on the shoulder asking the listener to join the dance.
The recording quality and engineering is flawless: it's a rare combination of a brilliant composition, a wonderful performance, and an exceptional recording. It *is* Beethoven's only violin concerto... possibly because there is not a single misplaced note.