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Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61
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Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

28 Nov. 2005 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Oct. 1998
  • Release Date: 28 Nov. 2005
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • Copyright: c 1981 EMI Records ltd
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  • Total Length: 43:57
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  • ASIN: B001IP3YFY
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 282,823 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x8a8e29d8) out of 5 stars 30 reviews
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8a8e7f54) out of 5 stars A recording of resplendent beauty. 1 Jan. 2001
By Miles D. Moore - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I have heard Perlman perform the Beethoven concerto live, and was entranced by his rich, golden tone and enormous depth of feeling. This CD with Carlo Maria Giulini reproduces that live performance as much as any recording could hope to do. Perlman has been unfairly typed as a performer of mere surface flash, and this CD demonstrates just how unfair that charge truly is.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8a8e7fa8) out of 5 stars "A hole in one" 20 Oct. 2004
By Jesper Th Petersen - Published on
Format: Audio CD
When the original LP came out in the early 80', it was told that Perlman went straight to London, did one recording only without rehearsals with the Philharmonia Orchestra, and then "it was done".

I wore out my LP by listening over and over again, and enjoy it still as being the best LP (and CD) I've ever bought.

The playing by Perlman is superb in his usual recognizeable style.

As "must have" for every collector of Beethoven - and others
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8a8ea3fc) out of 5 stars One of the finest recordings of Beethoven's Violin Concerto 15 May 2001
By John Kwok - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Itzhak Perlman gives a rhapsodic, yet pensive account of Beethoven's violin concerto which is replete with warmth as well as technical brilliance. Here he shows an introspective side to his playing which admirably suits Beethoven's score. It deserves recognition as among the finest performances ever recorded of Beethoven's violin concerto. Giulini's reading of Beethoven's score is replete with slow tempi, yet his pacing and phrasing are quite appropriate. And the Philharmonia Orchestra responds enthusiastically with a brilliant, technically superb performance. The sound quality is also superb, aided by the latest digital remastering technology. This fine recording certainly deserves recognition as among the definitive versions of Beethoven's violin concerto.
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8a8ea7c8) out of 5 stars I like Giulini with Accardo much better 1 Oct. 2005
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I agree with the reviewer here who writes, "Perlman's Beethoven is technically sound, and in tune. It is not, however, bold, exciting, unique, or interesting." And I find Giulini's accompaniment too cautious and reverential. Where's the drama?

The Beethoven concerto is a warhorse that also hapens to be a masterpiece, and like the Fifth Sym., we've heard it a hundred times--it needs something fresh to come to life. Perlman and Giulini don't provide that. It's as if they wnated to mkae an officially great document for posterity.

I much prefer Giulini's Sony recording with Salvatore Accardo, who plays with soulful Romaantic ocnviction, not the only approach to Beethoven but better than what we hear on this CD.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8a8ea8ac) out of 5 stars Great Performance 29 Aug. 2003
By Alan Beggerow - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This recording was originally released in the LP era. The sound quality was quite good, with much presence and depth to the sound. This transfer to CD seems to have lost a little of that quality. The presence isn't quite there.
Giulini's accompaniment is rather dry, which the CD transfer seems to make more evident. But the performance by Perlman is excellent. Truly a virtuoso of the highest order!
Perhaps not the greatest overall performance, but one well worth hearing!
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