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Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 3; Symphony No. 41 "Jupiter"

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This live recording finds Perlman the violinist at the top of his form. Playing with consummate technical ease, a warm, radiant, glorious tone, elegant phrasing, captivating charm, and great expressiveness, he makes the Concerto sparkle and glitter, speak and sing, plead and laugh. Mood, tone, and character change in an instant; the music is suffused with golden sunshine and carefree joy. The slow movement is delicate and inward, the final Rondo robust and humorous. Not content with tossing off the usual cadenzas brilliantly, he regards every fermata as an invitation to improvise additional ones. The performance is a total delight. The Berlin Philharmonic sounds rich (no period-style influence here!) and supports his every thought and feeling.

Perlman the maestro is more difficult to assess, especially with a great veteran orchestra in music that historically requires no conductor at all. Perhaps our ears have become attuned to hearing Mozart played by reduced, if not period instrument, orchestras, but the sound seems heavy and loud, without transparency or finesse. The texture is muddy, so the intricate polyphony, especially in the Symphony's amazing double-fugue, is lost. The Adagio and Fugue, written for string quartet, become bottom-heavy with the addition of a bass; the Adagio is monumentally slow. In the "Jupiter," there is much banging and crashing. The woodwind solos are lovely, but the brass blares. The slow movement, though warmly expressive, lacks a sense of direction: the runs that weave around the melody are shapeless, the accompanying chords static; the Minuet is rustic rather than courtly. One misses the charm, elegance, and buoyancy of Perlman the violinist. --Edith Eisler


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  • Performer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Itzhak Perlman, Berlin Philharmonic
  • Audio CD (February 11, 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B000071WES
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #496,214 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Santa Fe Listener HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 14, 2006
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Placido Domingo, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, and Itzhak Perlamn are united in being great musicians who wanted to branch out into conducting. Being famous, they get to display their budding podium talents on major labels like EMI. In this live recording from Berlin, Perlman acquits himself best in Concerto #3, where his eagerness to make a good impression leads him to exceptionally fine, nuanced solo playing. The Berlin Phil. follows his lead with enthusiasm, resulting in one of the violinist's most enjoyable performances.

The Berliners can play the Jupiter Sym. in their sleep, of course, but Perlman shows himself to be more than an amateur stick-waver. He provides an energetic, lively beat, except in the slow movement, where he's rather sluggish and cannot sustain the melodic line at Adagio tempo. But the other movements are enjoyable--we don't hear a great personality or a rare imagination at work, yet if you came across this CD without Perlman's name attached, you'd be impressed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BookMan VINE VOICE on August 19, 2011
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This is yet another stellar recording featuring virtuoso-extraordinaire, Itzhak Perlman. No one can make an instrument sing like Perlman and his ability to make even the most challenging music sound effortless is remarkable. Of course, the Berlin Philharmonic's masterful performance only adds to the blissful experience this recording has. What could be better than Mozart + Berlin Philharmonic + Perlman? The answer is simple - Not much!
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