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Itzhak Perlman's Greatest Hits, Vol. 2

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Barnes & Noble - David Kasunic
Itzhak Perlman always presses so many of the right buttons that listening to his playing can feel like a guilty pleasure. If you suspect that the utter pleasantness of his performances comes in exchange for a decrease in artistic merit, listen again. Don't be disarmed by the beauty of his tone or by his wit and whimsy, and instead scrutinize the performance for its interpretative virtues. Under such scrutiny, however, the violinist's stock merely rises -- therein lies the Perlman magic. This compilation of button-pushing pieces showcases Perlman's manifold charms. These are very "violinistic" selections, from Henri Wieniawski's sparkling Polonaise de concert to Fritz ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Kasunic
Itzhak Perlman always presses so many of the right buttons that listening to his playing can feel like a guilty pleasure. If you suspect that the utter pleasantness of his performances comes in exchange for a decrease in artistic merit, listen again. Don't be disarmed by the beauty of his tone or by his wit and whimsy, and instead scrutinize the performance for its interpretative virtues. Under such scrutiny, however, the violinist's stock merely rises -- therein lies the Perlman magic. This compilation of button-pushing pieces showcases Perlman's manifold charms. These are very "violinistic" selections, from Henri Wieniawski's sparkling Polonaise de concert to Fritz Kreisler's infectiously swaying Liebeslied. In this latter piece, with its hypnotic weaving of piano and violin melodies, the reason for Perlman's choice of Samuel Sanders as his exclusive accompanist in these recordings is immediately clear. With Sanders' rock-solid and nuanced support, Perlman's fancy takes comfortable flight, especially in those pieces with a Spanish flavor: works by Manuel Ponce, Enrique Granados, and Pablo de Sarasate, as well as Cécile Chaminade's Sérénade espagnole and Franz Léhar's Serenade. Paul Ben-Haim's lovely Berçeuse sfaradite reminds us of Perlman's explorations of popular Jewish and Klezmer music, and it's the unadorned lyricism of this and many of the other pieces -- especially the transcriptions of Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, and Gluck -- that reveals the poignancy at the heart of this invariably satisfying musician's art.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/12/2000
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • UPC: 724355695727
  • Catalog Number: 56957

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Chant sans paroles for violin & piano (transcription of Tchaikovsky's Op. 2/3) - Fritz Kreisler & Itzhak Perlman (2:58)
  2. 2 Polonaise de concert (No. 1) in D major for violin & orchestra, Op. 4 - Henryk Wieniawski & Itzhak Perlman (4:40)
  3. 3 How fair this spot, song for voice & piano, Op. 21/7 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Itzhak Perlman (1:40)
  4. 4 Chanson Russes (Parasha's Aria), for violin & piano - Igor Stravinsky & Itzhak Perlman (3:35)
  5. 5 Liebesleid "Love's Sorrow" for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Itzhak Perlman (3:24)
  6. 6 Slavonic Dance No. 1 for violin & piano in G minor (transcription of Dvorak's Slavonic Dance No. 2, Op. 46/2) - Fritz Kreisler & Itzhak Perlman (4:14)
  7. 7 Tempo Di Menuetto in the Style of Pugnani for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Itzhak Perlman (3:45)
  8. 8 Romanza Andaluza, for violin & piano, Op. 22/1 - Pablo de Sarasate & Itzhak Perlman (4:51)
  9. 9 Mélodie (Dance of the Blessed Spirits) for violin & piano (transcriptin of Gluck's Lento from Orfeo ed Euridice) - Fritz Kreisler & Itzhak Perlman (3:06)
  10. 10 Sérénade Espagnole for violin & piano (transcription of work by Chaminade) - Fritz Kreisler & Itzhak Perlman (2:17)
  11. 11 Serenade for violin & piano (transcription from Lehár's Frasquita) - Fritz Kreisler & Itzhak Perlman (2:33)
  12. 12 La capricieuse -- morceau de genre, for violin & piano, Op. 17 - Edward Elgar & Itzhak Perlman (3:55)
  13. 13 Sicilienne for keyboard in E flat - Maria Theresia von Paradis & Itzhak Perlman (2:51)
  14. 14 Molly on the Shore, Irish reel for violin & piano (transcription of work by Grainger) - Fritz Kreisler & Itzhak Perlman (2:44)
  15. 15 Andantino in the Style of Padre Martini for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Itzhak Perlman (3:37)
  16. 16 Daisies, song for voice & piano, Op. 38/3 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Itzhak Perlman (3:09)
  17. 17 Souvenir d'un lieu cher, for violin & piano (or orchestra), Op. 42 - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Itzhak Perlman (3:45)
  18. 18 Estrellita for voice & piano (or orchestra) - Manuel Ponce & Itzhak Perlman (3:12)
  19. 19 Danse Espagnole for violin & piano (transcription of Granados' Andaluza, Op. 37/5) - Fritz Kreisler & Itzhak Perlman (4:16)
  20. 20 Berceuse Sfaradite for violin & piano - Paul Ben-Haim & Itzhak Perlman (3:43)
  21. 21 Caprice for violin & piano in A minor (transcription of work by Wieniawski) - Fritz Kreisler & Itzhak Perlman (1:29)
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