399 plays

Beethoven - Violin Sonata No. 9 in A minor “Kreutzer,” Op. 47
III. Presto

Itzhak Perlman, violin
Martha Argerich, piano

Beethoven’s penultimate sonata for violin and piano, almost certainly the most famous of the ten, was originally dedicated to the composer’s friend George Bridgetower. Bridgetower reportedly sight-read the work at its premiere; but later in the evening, when over dinner he spoke slanderously of a woman Beethoven admired, Beethoven decided to dedicate the sonata instead to the great violinist Rodolphe Kreutzer. 

The “Kreutzer” is an ambitious middle period work of huge emotional scope. Its finale is a lively tarantella in rondo form, a piece originally conceived as the conclusion for the earlier A major violin sonata but which was in that instance replaced with a set of variations. 

(photo by Dyrk.Wyst)

24 February 2012 ·

519 plays

Brahms: Violin Sonata #3 In D, Op. 108 - 2. Adagio

Itzhak Perlman, Daniel Barenboim

Brahms - Violin Sonata No. 3 in D major, Op. 108
II. Adagio

Itzhak Perlman, violin
Daniel Barenboim, piano 

(Pierre-Auguste Renoir | Woman with a parasol in a garden, 1876)

9 February 2012 ·

Tchaikovsky - Valse-Scherzo, Op. 34
Itzhak Perlman, violin

This curious confection was written for the violinist Iosif Kotek, also the reluctant beneficiary of the great Violin Concerto and by some accounts a love interest of the composer. There is considerable speculation than Kotek himself may have orchestrated the accompaniment.  

12 September 2011 ·

100 plays

Brahms - Violin Sonata No. 2 in A, Op. 100
III. Allegretto grazioso

Itzhak Perlman, violin
Daniel Barenboim, piano 

(photo by me - Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach, Oregon)

22 August 2011 ·

Beethoven - Violin Concerto in D, Op. 61
III. Rondo: Allegro

Itzhak Perlman, violin
Berliner Philharmoniker, Daniel Barenboim, cond. 

Beethoven wrote the Violin Concerto for his friend and colleague Franz Clement, but the premiere was not successful. The concerto was only substantially revived in 1844, when 12-year-old Joseph Joachim performed it with Felix Mendelssohn conducting.  

18 May 2011 ·

Scott Joplin - “Elite Syncopations”
Itzhak Perlman, violin; André Previn, piano. 

12 February 2011 ·

15 January 2011 ·

J. S. Bach - Partita No. 3 in E major for the violin alone, BWV 1006
Itzhak Perlman, violin. 

In addition to serving as the opening of this partita, the first movement was used as the sinfonia to the cantata “Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir,” and is well-known in various transcriptions for organ, perhaps most notably by Alexandre Guilmant. Here Perlman gives a most illuminating performance of the entire suite.  

8 January 2011 ·

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