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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Itzhak Perlman

To my way of thinking the greatest solo violin virtuoso is Itzhak Perlman, and that is saying a lot. Isaac Stern was tremendous. So were lots of others. But Perlman gets my nod as the best ever. He plays flawlessly, and he puts his whole heart in his music as he plays. That is one of the things I like so much about Perlman.

In the vid below you will find all my favorites. Perlman is featured on the violin in Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto Allegro Moderato Parts 1 and 2, and Part 3, which is Allegro vivacissimo. Eugene Ormandy conducts the Philadelphia Orchestra. It doesn't get any better than that.

Sorry for the quality of the videos here, but these are the only ones I could find of this live concert in Philly with Perlman and Ormandy. This is from 1979 or so. Click here if the video below does not work.

Part 2. Click here if the video below does not work.

Part 3. Click here if the video below does not work.


Sdv1949 said...

I was lucky enough to see him live about a year ago.

Simply magical.

Welshman said...

Yes, he is nothing less than amazing...

Shira Gilbert said...

Hi - As a Perlman fan you may be interested in this event - he has never done anything like it before:

Welshman said...

Thank you, Shira!