Album released in 1997 and performed by the great violinist Itzhak Perlman (Tel Aviv, 1945), considered one of the most famous of the second half of the last century and a virtuoso of his instrument. Perlman has performed during his career with large number of U.S. and European orchestras and has won five Grammy Awards for their performances. On this album departs from its usual classical repertoire to focus on music and songs from famous movies. Compositions of André Previn and John Williams conducting the Pittsburgh Orchestra serve to support this violin deployment.
At concert halls around the world, Itzhak Perlman has enchanted audiences with the dazzling and delicious encore pieces that top off his recitals. These two albums offer a lavish selection of his favourite miniatures.
If these performances of Beethoven's earlier Piano Trios by Itzhak Perlman, Vladimir Ashkenazy, and Lynn Harrell are suave and sophisticated with a soupçon of sentimentality, well, that's what modern performance practice was like in the '80s. And if that sounds like an appealing manner in which to perform Beethoven's earlier Piano Trios, this is the recording to hear. Perlman, Ashkenazy, and Harrell lean into Beethoven's music, singing everything grandly, sounding everything gloriously, and souping everything up completely. One might argue that Beethoven's Piano Trios, Op. 1, are too Viennese High Classical to respond well to their approach, that the works seem more maimed and mauled then persuasively performed, but one cannot deny that Perlman, Ashkenazy, and Harrell put every iota of their expressivity and virtuosity into their overpowering performances. EMI's early digital sound has been pleasantly remastered for this CD reissue.