Deutsche Grammophon will release the first-ever Itzhak Perlman box set featuring 25 CD’s recorded from 1968 and 2001 – many of them classics – partnered by some of the greatest artists of his time.
Itzhak Perlman made his début on the “Yellow Label” (Deutsche Grammophon) with the much acclaimed Berg / Stravinsky Concerto coupling (with Ozawa) and won new fans for the Elgar Violin Concerto (with Barenboim) in the 1980s. Concerto recordings of Saint-Saëns and Wieniawski, Lalo, a ‘favorites’ CD and The Four Seasons with Perlman playing “Winter” also form part of the discography.
The box set also includes the highly-prized disc of Bach Arias featuring Kathleen Battle, with Itzhak Perlman playing obbligato violin; and there is also the disc of Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich Concertos, with Perlman conducting his young protégé Ilya Gringolts.
All recordings are presented in their original couplings with original jacket sleeves. A pleasant surprise was the “rediscovery” of two sets of Mozart Variations that didn’t find room in the current bestselling Collectors Edition Box of Mozart Violin Sonatas – now restored to the catalogue for the first time in many years! Restored to the catalogue are two delightful sets of Mozart Variations, not included in the current set of the Violin Sonatas in Collectors Edition.
With new liner notes by Tully Potter, a reminiscence by Itzhak Perlman himself and recording sessions’ photos, this set makes a fitting tribute to a great artist.