A friend of mine once described watching Perlman play the violin as like watching someone shelling peas! Surely playing the violin can't be as easy as Perlman makes it look?
Well, it looks easy watching him play the Elgar concerto. This is one of the most demanding (and longest) in the repetoire yet it doesn't seem like that. Yes, it's perhaps not the most idiomatic performance of this ellusive music but it's worth the price of the DVD alone to see Perlman make light of the considerable difficulty's. This is a virtuoso a the very peak of his powers.
The Prokofiev doesn't quite hit these heights but there are some wonderfull moments. Example being the point at 17' 10" when Perlman turns to the Principle Viola and they exchange grins about a particular point. The conductor, Rozhdestvensky, saves the day at 11' 30" when a rogue wind entry threatens to upset the apple cart. It's very nicely corrected.
If you love great violin playing then this DVD is for you.