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Brahms: Double Concerto Op.102 / Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto Op.64

Johannes Brahms , Felix Mendelssohn , Daniel Barenboim , Chicago Symphony Orchestra , Itzhak Perlman , Yo-Yo Ma Audio CD
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Born in Israel in 1945, Itzhak Perlman completed his initial training at the Academy of Music in Tel Aviv. He came to New York and soon was propelled into the international arena with an appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1958. Following his studies at the Juilliard School with Ivan Galamian and Dorothy DeLay, Mr. Perlman won the prestigious Leventritt Competition in 1964, which led to a ... Read more in Amazon's Itzhak Perlman Store

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  • Performer: Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma
  • Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
  • Composer: Johannes Brahms, Felix Mendelssohn
  • Audio CD (May 27, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Teldec
  • ASIN: B000000S9R
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,267 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Concerto For Violin, Violoncello And Orchestra In A Minor, Op. 102: Allegro
2. Concerto For Violin, Violoncello And Orchestra In A Minor, Op. 102: Andante
3. Concerto For Violin, Violoncello And Orchestra In A Minor, Op. 102: Vivace Non Troppo
4. Violin Concerto In E Minor, Op. 64: Allegro molto appassionato
5. Violin Concerto In E Minor, Op. 64: Andante
6. Violin Concerto In E Minor, Op. 64: Allegretto Non Troppo, Allegro Molto Vivace

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Classical music critics, jaded folks that we are, like to sneer at the propensity of major labels to throw big "stars" at a piece of music and then claim it's the greatest recording ever made. Sometimes the sneering is fair, but at other times it hinders an objective view of the performance. This is one of those cases. No one doubts the artistic qualifications of Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, or Daniel Barenboim. And it goes without saying that the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is one of the great ones. The question is this: is this recording just another "day at the office," or is it something special? I vote special, not just because Perlman seems to do some of his best work with sympathetic colleagues, but because everyone involved seems to have given a lot of thought and care putting across a very warm, personable interpretation of Brahms's greatest concerto. This is a winner. --David Hurwitz

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Passionate orchestra makes this even more enjoyable February 19, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The first recording I heard of the Brahms Double was the Heifetz/Piatigorsky, accompanied with the RCA Orchestra conducted by Wallenstein. It took me a long time to warm up to the piece, and I think a lot of that was due to the flabby orchestral accompaniment, which really sucked the life out of the whole performance.
If ever there was a composer who, in his concerti, made the orchestra an equal player with the soloists, it was Brahms, and if the orchestra is not up to the task, there is no way that the soloist alone will be able to save the performance. With this in mind, one has to give Barenboim the lion's share of the credit, as he urges the CSO towards as passionate a performance as I have heard.
Perlman & Ma are remarkably well-balanced in the performance, considering that it is a live recording. Each has a tone & interpretation particularly well-suited for the other, and the result is a wonderful synthesis. There are points, especially in the 2nd movement, where it sounds as though a single 8-stringed instrument is being played.
The Mendelssohn, despite some pretty brisk tempi, strikes me as one of the more reflective & contemplative performances Perlman has given us. Again, the balance between soloist & orchestra is very nice, considering that it is a live recording. I prefer this Mendelssohn over Perlman's studio versions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most enjoyable CDs - Ever! September 28, 2000
By P. Rah
Format:Audio CD
To even write a review for this CD would almost be an insult, for it is such a rare chance a listener gets to listen to a recording which is so passionate, faithful and inspiring.Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman, as usual, are superb, and I listen to this CD at least once everyday: listening to this has become almost a religious practice! Like their recording of the Beethoven Triple Concerto (EMI), the soloists semm to talk, cry console to each other, and finally triuph with each other (which is how it's meant to be, as it was writtten by Brahms as a means of reconciliation with Joseph Joachim after the bitter break of communication, due to Brahms siding with Joachim's wife during their divorce preceedings). Barenboim, provides like-minded, almost chamber-like accompaniment, and the sound he draws out from the Chicago band is simply to die for (at least 10 times!). It is simply inspiring, and the last movement gets the best reading I have heard.Awesome, superb, amazing... the superlatives used could go on forever. I looooooooove it!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Brahms September 28, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD for the Mendelssohn, but I have a hard time listening to anything but the incredible performance of Brahms given by Perlman and Ma. It's an inspiring blend of virtuostic ability and sensitive chamber playing. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Impeccable, perfect, polished - if that's what you want November 14, 2012
Format:Audio CD
I'm not offering a brief against all-star music-making and can easily understand the enthusiastic reception that this Cd has received. Perlman, Ma, and Barenboim are superstars, and that title brings with it a standard of gleaming perfection and, if I may say so, a veneer of professionalism. If you want to hear Brahms played on the grandest possible scale with soloists who seem programmed for perfection, this Double Concerto fits the bill. It is extremely well recorded, and it's no fault that the miking makes the two soloists sound gigantic. In the concert hall, the cello's voice is smaller than the violin's, and both are overpowered in orchestral tuttis. but recordings don't aim to be completely realistic - the microphone makes even the harpsichord a giant - and every other Double Cto. recording I've heard exaggerates the solo instruments (perhaps not to the gargantuan extent of this one).

Musically, the reading starts off unpromisingly with Ma's solo, slow as molasses and distended in rubato. I was prepared for a serious letdown, but this turns out to be a rare misstep. Once the orchestral tutti establishes the pace and Perlamn enters, we are treated to marvelous unanimity between cello and violin. Both performers dig in; this isn't a glossy run through. The product, shall we say, is exemplary and impressive. If you want to approach real life a bit closer, Gil Shaham and Jian Wang under Abbado (DG) are heartily recommended. The classic superstar pairing of Rostropovich and Oistrakh on EMI has more soul. For a truly personal reading that compels the heart, I was deeply impressed by Menuhin and Gendron on BBC Legends, but the sound is a dated broadcast in mono. As earlier reviewers comment, half the beauty of the present CD comes from the spectacular playing by the Chicago Sym.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Brahms and Mendelssohn September 16, 2010
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As a young boy, I thoroughly enjoyed this CD. I'm now in my teens, and Classical music has had its effect on me, thanks in many ways to my musical education with a world-renowned teacher. Now coming back to this CD, I am able to appreciate it in a much deeper way that I find nearly impossible to describe. But I'll try my best.

The Brahms Double Concerto is certainly one of the above composer's most undervalued works. This is his last orchestral composition and it contains the autumnal, resigned music that so typical of late Brahms. While it may not have the powerful effect of the 4th Symphony, or the intimacy of his later chamber and piano music, this piece has a world all of its own. Here Pearlman and Ma blend beautifully and Barenboim gives them powerful support while still taking the opportunity to engage in chamber-like conversation with the soloists. The Chicago Symphony is well suited for this work, and Barenboim has succeeded in fulfilling this potential. Especially good here is the charming Hungarian finale, where the orchestra takes the theme and gives an exhilarating rendition while still keeping strong control.

The following Mendelssohn concerto is by far the more popular of the two concertos. While I don't feel this performance is quite as satisfying as the Brahms, it still by all means deserves listening. Barenboim gives us steady conducting that brings out all the Romantic sentiment excellently. Likewise, Pearlman's playing has a real maturity that enables him to excel.

For anyone interested in a CD that takes advantage of a fantastic conductor, orchestra, and soloists, this CD will exceed your highest expectations. Highly recommended.
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