Itzhak Perlman is the cover star of the latest issue of the The Strad out now! A fitting cover star, as he does indeed play a Strad: the exquisite 1714 ‘Soil’ Stradivarius he purchased from Yehudi Menuhin in 1986.
Readers can enter the competition to win the Itzhak Perlman Complete Warner Recordings boxed set.
Itzhak Perlman: The Complete Warner Recordings has been assembled with the greatest care. The recordings from the analogue era have been carefully remastered in 24-bit/96kHz sound at Abbey Road Studios. The format and presentation of each album is true to the original LP release: the couplings of musical works have been retained and the design reflects the original jacket. New notes on the music and the performances have been written by an internationally respected expert on violinists and violin-playing, Jean-Michel Molkhou.
The box set also contains a beautifully produced hardback book, featuring a wealth of photographs, many of them from private collections and never before published. Running to more than 100 pages, it contains a new interview with Itzhak Perlman, an essay on his life and career and personal tributes from distinguished and varied fellow musicians, including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Daniel Barenboim, Renaud Capuçon, Ivry Gitlis, Gidon Kremer, Yo Yo Ma, Vadim Repin and Maxim Vengerov.
And what does Perlman think of such a lavish boxed set birthday tribute? “At my age, everything’s a remake!” he jokes.