Itzhak Perlman's Greatest Hits, Vol. 2

Itzhak Perlman's Greatest Hits, Vol. 2

by Itzhak Perlman


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Itzhak Perlman's Greatest Hits, Vol. 2

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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Release Date: 09/12/2000
Label: Warner Classics
UPC: 0724355695727
catalogNumber: 56957


  1. Chant sans paroles for violin & piano (transcription of Tchaikovsky's Op. 2/3)
  2. Polonaise de concert (No. 1) in D major for violin & orchestra, Op. 4
  3. How fair this spot, song for voice & piano, Op. 21/7
  4. Chanson Russes (Parasha's Aria), for violin & piano
  5. Liebesleid "Love's Sorrow" for violin & piano
  6. Slavonic Dance No. 1 for violin & piano in G minor (transcription of Dvorak's Slavonic Dance No. 2, Op. 46/2)
  7. Tempo Di Menuetto in the Style of Pugnani for violin & piano
  8. Romanza Andaluza, for violin & piano, Op. 22/1
  9. Mélodie (Dance of the Blessed Spirits) for violin & piano (transcriptin of Gluck's Lento from Orfeo ed Euridice)
  10. Sérénade Espagnole for violin & piano (transcription of work by Chaminade)
  11. Serenade for violin & piano (transcription from Lehár's Frasquita)
  12. La capricieuse -- morceau de genre, for violin & piano, Op. 17
  13. Sicilienne for keyboard in E flat
  14. Molly on the Shore, Irish reel for violin & piano (transcription of work by Grainger)
  15. Andantino in the Style of Padre Martini for violin & piano
  16. Daisies, song for voice & piano, Op. 38/3
  17. Souvenir d'un lieu cher, for violin & piano (or orchestra), Op. 42
  18. Estrellita for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  19. Danse Espagnole for violin & piano (transcription of Granados' Andaluza, Op. 37/5)
  20. Berceuse Sfaradite for violin & piano
  21. Caprice for violin & piano in A minor (transcription of work by Wieniawski)

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