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  • Format: Classical, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: EMI Classics
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2007
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000N0W9LK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #524,396 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Edward Song on November 21, 2007
It is so wonderful to see my friend and mentor, Ivry Gitlis on top form. The Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto is HAIRraising!!!!!!!!!!! and the Brahms Sonata was absolutely stunning. His control of the bow to achieve optimal brilliance, colour and tonal shadings is inimitable. Although recorded in the 1960's/70's, his interpretations far exceed his time and are still unmatched by any violinist today.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By donny on December 1, 2011
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Gitlis displays his unique style very well in this dvd. He was one of the great violinists of his time and this dvd is a worthwhile buy for the classical violin music fan
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nelson E. Donley on November 27, 2011
Ivry Gitlis is not only regarded as a legendary virtuoso, but he is an intellectual as well. Anyone who has ever sat in on one of his Master classes will testify to that. As a violinist, Gitlis is much like gourmet food; you either love it or hate it. Not everyone likes gourmet food. Some prefer junk food. The former is not necessarily better tasting than the latter; just a lot more sophisticated and unique.

I've heard the Tchaikovsky concerto performed by at least 100 violinists. After a while most of those interpretations tend to blur together and sound stagnant and commonplace, especially with contemporary violinists, which is why I rarely attend live concerts to hear violin concertos anymore. Technically speaking, today's violinists, on the whole, are better than ever. Yet, musically, they are far lacking in individuality. Like a McDonald's hamburger, no matter where you go they all taste the same. This is why I prefer to watch violinists of a previous generation, especially if I'm purchasing the performance on DVD; something I intend to watch again and again. This is one of those DVDs I'm talking about.

Most memorable are those in the league with Heifetz, Oistrakh, Ricci, Milstein, Grumiaux, Kogan, Rabin, Ferras, Szeryng, Kreisler, Stern, and Ivry Gitlis. The reason I mention so many is because each and every one of these artists are legendary. By the grace of God, Gitlis is still alive and well and is able to share his musicianship and wisdom on various outlets such as . Of course, there are other legendary violinists worthy of mentioning, but these are the ones that immediately come to mind.
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2 of 9 people found the following review helpful By printemps on April 4, 2009
I could not agree more with "teva man" regarding the Tschaikovsky performance. One of the worst I've ever heard. No wonder. Mr. Gitlis' specialties are either "tidbits" or Paganini, which makes him what we call a "fiddle player", not a "violinist" let alone a musician. Only technique. And even here we're certainly not at the top. His bowing is often unsatisfactory which results in a harsh sound. His phrasing lacks musicallity and taste and also the value of the notes is only an "option". (Ever tried to listen to his Franck sonata)??
As far as the conductor and the orchestra are concerned, they sure had a hard time. I know this from a very reliable source, the conductor, who happens to be my late husband. This kind of soloists, illogical, unmusical, unreliable, are what conductors hate most.
My advice as a musician. Don't buy.
Printemps65
Italy
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4 of 14 people found the following review helpful By ricardo_guerrero on December 23, 2007
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Ivry Gitlis has always been an interesting violinist to follow. He definitely has his share of afficionados (as evidenced from the average five star Amazon rating of The Art of Ivry Gitlis CD set), he has excellent technique, and his contribution to the violin kingdom has been significant. However, his playing is unpalatable and often borders on unlistenable. Gitlis gives slapdash readings of nearly everything I've heard, and although he attempts to make good music, he usually fails - and badly. His interpretations seem as though he is in a hurry to finish one piece and move on to the next.

This disc offers a good selection of performances from the '60s and 70s - the Tchaikovsky Concerto (live performance), Paganini "La Campanella" (with orchestra), Wieniawski Polonaise #1, Albeniz' Malaguena, Saint-Saens Intro. & Rondo Capriccioso, Moszkowski/Sarasate Guitarre, a movement from the Bartok Solo Sonata, and the first movement of Brahms Sonata #3. The accompaniments by Tasso Janopoulo (Thibaud's frequent pianist) and Georges Pludermacher (Milstein's pianist for many years) are actually the best part of the performances. The orchestra and conductor for the Tchaikovsky seemed like they had a hard time following him, in one of the worst performances of it I've ever heard. The first movement cadenza is one of the greatest in the repertory - Gitlis has a few interesting things, including down-bow staccato embellishments - but as usual, he rushes through it and doesn't savor the moments. The Saint-Saens offers Gitlis' usual brilliant technique, particularly in the final hurl of semiquavers, but the rest of it is like he's on drugs; there are many odd "sentimental" crescendo/decrescendo swells.
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