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listen  1. Serenade: I. Phaedrus: Pausanias (Lento - Allegro marcato)Itzhak Perlman/Boston Symphony Orchestra/Seiji Ozawa 6:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Serenade: II. Aristophanes (Allegretto)Itzhak Perlman/Boston Symphony Orchestra/Seiji Ozawa 4:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Serenade: III. Eryximachus (Presto)Itzhak Perlman/Boston Symphony Orchestra/Seiji Ozawa 1:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Serenade: IV. Agathon (Adagio)Itzhak Perlman/Boston Symphony Orchestra/Seiji Ozawa 7:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Serenade: V. Socrates: Alcibiades (Molto tenuto - Adagio - Allegro molto vivace)Itzhak Perlman/Boston Symphony Orchestra/Seiji Ozawa10:39Album Only
listen  6. Violin Concerto, Op.14: I. AllegroItzhak Perlman/Boston Symphony Orchestra/Seiji Ozawa10:21Album Only
listen  7. Violin Concerto, Op.14: II. AndanteItzhak Perlman/Boston Symphony Orchestra/Seiji Ozawa 8:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Violin Concerto, Op.14: III. Presto in moto perpetuoItzhak Perlman/Boston Symphony Orchestra/Seiji Ozawa 3:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Three American Pieces: Early Song (Andante)Itzhak Perlman/Seiji Ozawa 4:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Three American Pieces: Dedication (Lento)Itzhak Perlman/Seiji Ozawa 4:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Three American Pieces: Composer's Holiday (Allegro)Itzhak Perlman/Seiji Ozawa 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Performer: Itzhak perlman, Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein, Lukas Foss, Seiji Ozawa, et al.
  • Audio CD (May 2, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Emi Divested
  • ASIN: B000002RUW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,711 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Barber's Violin Concerto and Bernstein's Serenade are two of the most attractive and accessible pieces in the modern violin repertory. Both are superbly played by Perlman, as might be expected. But what makes this album a special treat is the Lukas Foss coupling--an unusual and charming work that belies the charges of critics who accuse Perlman of not being interested in contemporary music. Certainly this is one of his best discs. --David Hurwitz

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 14, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I was very pleased with this album. I don't own it yet, but I borrowed a copy from the library. I was absolutly thrilled with it. Perlman's playing is effortless, and with so much ease. It is truly beautiful, and he makes "violin sing with the birds!." Of all the songs, I most enjoyed the Adagio movement-from Bernstein's Plato Symposium. Perlman has a real talent in expanding the slower Adagio movements-and giving them more charachter and personality. This is probably his greatest gift-and he gives one of his finest performances in this album. I recommend this album to anyone (I have recently purchased mine and am waiting for its arrival in the mail). It is the type of album you could listen to for hours, and not put it down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert L. Berkowitz on July 16, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I felt a need to write a review after reading someone else's review suggesting that Perlman played sloppily in the Barber concerto. I disagree. I own many other recordings of the Barber Violin Concerto (Joshua Bell, Hilary Hahn, Elmar Oliveira, Gil Shaham, Isaac Stern and Kyoko Takezawa) and Perlman's performance is among my favorites. Although I don't like to rank performances I would probably go to it before reaching for Joshua Bell, Gil Shaham or Isaac Stern. He plays with such assurance and such a flawless lyrical tone.

Although I was not familiar with either the work by Bernstein or Lukas Foss, I found both of them engaging and worth repeated listening.

Altogether a very fine album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By HZ on November 19, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This was a key CD for me in developing a taste for Barber, Bernstein, and Perlman. Perlman's performance of the Barber concerto is just out of this world with its combination of perfect play and deep emotion. One of the CDs that I most listen to.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gabriel Lewin on February 5, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Izhak Perlman is a shmaltzy violinist. Fine. If one wants a technical genius, buy a Heifitz album. Most modern violinists today are technically minded and each note and rhythm is perfect. But, none today understand the soul of the instrument like Perlman. The reason this CD is invaluble is because he knows that Foss, Bernstein and especially Samuel Barber were writing for an instrument that begs to sing. The violin is an instrument which is completly vulnerable to the human spirit and it is that spirit which these composers have channeled into their music. Perlman evokes Bernstein and the others through his playing and one cannot help but think that Lenny, Samuel and Lukas are in the room with him.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Colin Trovato on April 22, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I am a fan of Mr. Perlman and consider him the finest violinist on the stage today. However, he can be sloppy... very sloppy. Perlman "the great Romantic," here he has a great concerto to express all of his Romanticism in, the Barber. I listened to it and found it lacking passion and furthermore it was cautious throughout the wonderful first movement. It seemed almost not hard enoguh for him and recieved a cursory interpretation. The second mvmt. was better and I felt Perlman's love starting to peek through, he almost convinced me to forgive the first mvmt., then came the last. First, it was choked and slow then came an even bigger problem... intonation was all over the place. It was very out of tune and therefore dissappointing. The orchestra did an admireable job, Perlman failed. I know this concerto's last mvmt. is not too hard for him, I have listened to his Tchaik. he just didn't seem to care about the Barber. Thankfully this was only a library copy. Buy Hahn's interpretaion, it is passionate and the last mvmt is lightning fast and accurate. Sorry Perlman, stick to what you care about.
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