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  • Audio CD (Jan. 12 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B00000I7VT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #186,280 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Violin Sonata No.1 In G, Op.78: I: Vivace ma non troppo
2. Violin Sonata No.1 In G, Op.78: II: Adagio
3. Violin Sonata No.1 In G, Op.78: III: Allegro molto moderato
4. Violin Sonata No.2 In A, Op.100: I: Allegro amibile
5. Violin Sonata No.2 In A, Op.100: II: Andante tranquillo - Vivace
6. Violin Sonata No.2 In A, Op.100: II: Allegretto grazioso (quasi andante)
7. Violin Sonata No.3 In D Minor, Op.108: I: Allegro
8. Violin Sonata No.3 In D Minor, Op.108: II: Adagio
9. Violin Sonata No.3 In D Minor, Op.108: III: Un poco presto e con sentimento
10. Violin Sonata No.3 In D Minor, Op.108: IV: Presto agitato

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Itzhak Perlman is the greatest living exponent of the Romantic, sentimental style of violin playing. As in his reading of the Brahms concerto, he shows sovereign mastery in these accounts, which are characterized by intense emotion and heated expression (Perlman's warm vibrato and carefully placed portamentos quickly give him away), but are also gripping in the quiet, meditative pages. The first two sonatas' relationship to songs could easily be guessed from the way Perlman plays them in a single, seamless line, marked by soaring climaxes and tender, haunting pianissimos. The treatment sometimes does seem a bit premeditated, but it is so compelling as to sweep aside any criticism. In this 1983 recording (sonically superior to Perlman's later remake with pianist Daniel Barenboim, for Sony), the violin sounds slightly forward, though not unpleasantly so. Warm, supportive, lyrical playing from Vladmir Ashkenazy rounds out a marvelous offering. --Ted Libbey

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By Michael Poole on May 21 2002
Format: Audio CD
I've always enjoyed Brahms' chamber works more than his symphonies. Somehow his intent comes off more clearly; the desperation and anger and melancholy of the music is more exposed, as if juggling an entire orchestra in the composition could dull the edges of these emotions. Of course the quality of any piece is tied with the quality of the performers (who invariably stamp then with their own personalities), and here we have a brilliant union: Perlman and Ashkenazy play flawlessly. Perlman's tonality is clear and sonorous, but never treacly; it still maintains the edge that these pieces require. From the sweet lilting melodies of the first sonata to simmering violence of the third, it is a commanding performance. The piano part in these works is equally demanding, and Ashkenazy is more than a match for Perlman's virtuosity.
If you're looking for the third sonata specifically, Vengerov and Barenboim turn in a more stirring (but somewhat looser) performance on the Teldec label. I actually prefer that version as it's more intense, more intimate. But if you're looking for a complete collection of these wonderful sonatas, you simply can't go wrong with Perlman and Ashkenazy.
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Brahms's violin concerti are among the most beautiful, melifluous and difficult pieces to play. These recordings by world renowned pianist/conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy bring a breath of fresh air to Brahms's romantic concerti as Mr. Ashkenazy, who began his US concerts by playing Rachmaninoff's piano concerti, has the contol of a master. Mr. Perlman is arguably the greatest living solo violinist of the past two decades. Of course, Itzak Perlman's Heifetz-like superior bowing only adds more dimension to these oeurvres. Together, they use superb technical expertise combined with restrained romanticism offering the listener an incomparably unique interpretation of these gorgeous works. Both artists have matured in their visions of the romantic period and unite to form an excellent duo - in the same vein as Heifetz and Rubenstein or Heifetz and Horowitz. This Brahms lover looks forward to many more pairings of two of our greatest musicians.
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I'm a lover of fine music though I'd never present myself as an expert. I purchased this recording on the basis of the Amazon review and have been unable to get it off the carousel of my CD player. There is magic that happens between these two musicians that I feel honored to experience in my home. I can't imagine anyone performing these sonatas better. The music is hauntingly beautiful to me. It is so good, in fact, that I've searched out other pieces performed by Ashkenazy and Perlman and can also recommend their Decca Legendary performance of Beethoven's Kreutzer and Spring violin sonatas. I recommend both recordings without hesitation. Enjoy!
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The combination of these two great artists continually results in some of the finest music making ever. The two seem to almost share a mind while performing so perfectly in tune with each other they come across. I don't think Brahms has ever sounded so beautiful and alive as this recording manages to sound.
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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
Finest Brahms May 21 2002
By Michael Poole - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've always enjoyed Brahms' chamber works more than his symphonies. Somehow his intent comes off more clearly; the desperation and anger and melancholy of the music is more exposed, as if juggling an entire orchestra in the composition could dull the edges of these emotions. Of course the quality of any piece is tied with the quality of the performers (who invariably stamp then with their own personalities), and here we have a brilliant union: Perlman and Ashkenazy play flawlessly. Perlman's tonality is clear and sonorous, but never treacly; it still maintains the edge that these pieces require. From the sweet lilting melodies of the first sonata to simmering violence of the third, it is a commanding performance. The piano part in these works is equally demanding, and Ashkenazy is more than a match for Perlman's virtuosity.
If you're looking for the third sonata specifically, Vengerov and Barenboim turn in a more stirring (but somewhat looser) performance on the Teldec label. I actually prefer that version as it's more intense, more intimate. But if you're looking for a complete collection of these wonderful sonatas, you simply can't go wrong with Perlman and Ashkenazy.
38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Enchanting performance! May 18 2001
By Curtis Grindahl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I'm a lover of fine music though I'd never present myself as an expert. I purchased this recording on the basis of the Amazon review and have been unable to get it off the carousel of my CD player. There is magic that happens between these two musicians that I feel honored to experience in my home. I can't imagine anyone performing these sonatas better. The music is hauntingly beautiful to me. It is so good, in fact, that I've searched out other pieces performed by Ashkenazy and Perlman and can also recommend their Decca Legendary performance of Beethoven's Kreutzer and Spring violin sonatas. I recommend both recordings without hesitation. Enjoy!
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Perlman and Ashkenazy do it again July 23 2001
By Jeff Davis Maynor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The combination of these two great artists continually results in some of the finest music making ever. The two seem to almost share a mind while performing so perfectly in tune with each other they come across. I don't think Brahms has ever sounded so beautiful and alive as this recording manages to sound.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Good but not truly great, playing style is affected and overly sentimental June 10 2008
By Joey Joe Joe Jr. Shabadoo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
These are good performances, but are far from the greatest. Perlman is a fantastic violinist without question; he can play anything he wants to, and do it flawlessly. Just listen to him whip through Paganini's caprices like it's a walk in the park. Ashkenazy is a fine pianist and able collaborator, even if he isn't my favorite. However, this recording is a bit over-the-top in terms of the schmaltz-factor. The music is already sufficiently heartfelt, and does not require any additional help from the performers to drive this point home. The playing style, likewise, is a bit affected and self-conscious.
Anyways, enough negative stuff. The 3 sonatas are played remarkably well, with a great deal of virtuosity, perfect intonation and excellent collaboration throughout. I may not LIKE the way they play, but I cannot deny the technical mastery of these works from the musicians displayed on this disc. Those that enjoy the use of portamento (and slightly excessive rubato) will thoroughly enjoy these readings. For me, my personal favorite renditions of the sonatas are Suk/Katchen on Decca Originals and Schneiderhan/Seeman on DG Originals. Suk and Katchen give a relaxed reading on par with this disc in terms of tempi, but with a more straightforward reading (Suk was well-schooled in the Brahmsian school, being related to Brahms' close friend Dvorak, and features a robust, slightly rosiny tone consistent with the Czech school of violin playing). The Schneiderhan-Seeman collaboration is a relentless, intense reading featuring quicker tempos than either of the aforementioned sets, and a steely, iron-fisted and thoroughly Germanic interpretation from violinist Schneiderhan, and is my absolute favorite. In my opinion this set most closely matches the music.
In all...a very good CD, and a fine choice, but there are better sets available. You should get all 3 discs if your budget can handle it.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Brahms Violin Sonatas at their Best! Sept. 19 2007
By Vera Kolb - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I feel pity for any pianist who accompanies Mr. Perlman, regardless how famous s/he is. After one hears Mr. Perlman's violin talking, whispering, begging, pleading, crying, singing, and pouring passion and love, one wonders why any other musical instruments are really necessary. It is often said that a violin is like a human voice. Perhaps it is so. But, please tell me of any singers who can match, even remotely, the heavenly sound of Mr. Perlman's violin!
I listened to this recording several times. After I have somewhat satisfied my hunger for Mr. Perlman's playing, I focused on the piano part. One would think that the sheer volume of the piano chords would supplement the violin part. I was mesmerized to find out that in several instances Mr. Perlman's single note can match in volume, beauty, expression and the tone color an entire chord by piano. There were, however, some really nice parts for the piano, which Mr. Ashkenazy played superbly. These Brahms sonatas are very nice and interested pieces, and I promised myself to listen to more Brahms in the future.
I most highly recommend this recording.


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