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on 23 March 2006
This CD must represent the best value for money of any item in the Amazon catalogue: four Bach concerti at less than a pound a piece! Not only that, but what you have here is the English Chamber Orchestra playing Bach AND they're being conducted by Daniel Barenboim. If that isn't enough for you, the soloist is Itzhak Perlman. That's right, for less than pound a piece! (for those of you outside the sterling zone, that's a tad over one dollar/one euro each)
Assuming you're still reading this, rather than adding the CD to your shopping basket I could add, in a nonchalant yet triumphal manner, that the jewel in the crown comes at the end when Pinchas Zuckerman joins in for the Concerto in D for Violin and Strings (the “Double Violin”), one of my very favourite pieces of music. So, for less than a pound a piece, you have a great composer's great work, a great orchestra under their greatest conductor and two of the 20th Century's greatest violinists who invariably make a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. So that's great - why aren't you clicking on the shopping basket?
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on 11 April 2005
Listening to the perfomances on this CD is like drifting on a big fluffy cloud. Itzhak Perlman plays the violin with warmth and gentleness, without being boring - far from it! And the collaboration between Perlman and Zukerman on the D minor pieces is just brilliant.
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on 12 April 2014
If your ears have become accustomed to "historically informed performance," then this might strike you as a bit too warm -- the orchestral texture is heavier than I ideally like, but you can still hear the harpsichord, and the tempos seem right for the music. The balance of the solo instrument in relation to the orchestra is very well judged too, so there's no sense of artificial highlighting. I assume that Perlman plays the solo concertos, with Zuckerman joining in for the double. He plays beautifully, and the slow movements in particular are eloquent, and yet one never feels that they are over-sweetened. There's a wiriness to Perlman's tone that is most attractive, and the focus of the playing is so precise that there's no question of "expression" being applied too thickly. The Double Concerto is a great success, again with a most lovely slow movement, but with real bite and energy in the final one. The solo concertos are well-known, of course, except perhaps for the G-minor, which had to be reconstructed from what seemed to be a keyboard piece. It's very lovely as played here by Perlman. So . . . if you get a chance, add this one to your collection, even if you prefer a more "authentic" sound.
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on 13 June 2006
fresh, lively, up-front, open and honest - and with no distortions or mannerisms masquerading as 'interpretation'.
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on 14 December 2013
I have been a fan of Itshak Perlman, a legend violinist. Bach 's music is my favourite. Glenn Gould played Bach 's variations at top level while Perlman with his violin.
This Violin Concerto he collabarated with another great violinist Pinchas Zukerman, conducted by the renowned Daniel Barenboim, what else can one asked for more. My CD is getting old so to download all the pieces and keep Them itsn my hard drive.
Highly recommended.
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on 22 September 2014
This is a wonderful, high quality recording at an excellent price. I'm not very 'musically literate', but I know what I like and this is superb music played by superstars. Very impressive and really quite moving.
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on 7 June 2012
Bachs violin concertos are in some respects not the best known of his huge output but on this evidence they are unjustly neglected.I am a recent convert to classical music generally but having hugely enjoyed the more celebrated violin concertos by Bruch,Tchaikovsky and Mendlessohn this collection goes alongside theirs as favourites in my collection particularly to gorgeous concerto in G.
Hugely recommended.
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on 9 April 2014
This was to replace a much loved but lost DVD. A very good quality recording and masterful conducting by Barenboim brings out the best in Itzhak Perlman. Sublime.
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on 22 February 2014
Wonderful combination. The music is brilliant and the interpretation is superb. Add to that the superb Kindle Hi-Fi quality and its hours of wonderful music,
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on 9 April 2016
It's difficult to appreciate...I hear the tunes occasionally in my head but no frequently enough to put it on the CD player.
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