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Good friends and music collaborators Mr. Itzhak Perlman and Emanuel Ax enjoy each other’s company on and off stage. The duo opened the 51st season of the Harriman-Jewell Series at Helzberg Hall in Kansas City.
Perlman and Ax were welcomed on stage with a standing ovation, the first of six throughout the evening. They performed three sonatas for violin and piano and, as an encore, a truncated comedy routine for violinist and pianist.
The pair recently recorded an album, Fauré & Strauss Violin Sonatas on Deutsche Grammophon/UMC. Here’s what the Classical Music reviewer, Stephen Prtichard for the Observer had to say about their new album:
“Itzhak Perlman is celebrating his 70th birthday with multiple reissues of his vast catalogue and this new recording – his first solo release for 16 years and his first-ever with his longtime platform partner Emanuel Ax. This is vintage, songful Perlman: each line in the Fauré and Strauss sonatas is beautifully drawn and meticulously judged and everything overlain with an attractive patina of age and experience. Ax imbues the romance and fire of these youthful works with genuine warmth and wisdom; it’s as though these two veteran performers are taking a wistful look back over long and eventful careers, while still excited by the possibilities to come. A disc to treasure”
What does Itzhak Perlman have in common with Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson and Aretha Franklin?
ANSWER: They have all performed at Presidential Inaugurations.
Itzhak Perlman performed with Yo-Yo Ma at the President Obama’s inauguration in 2009. But what the millions on the Mall and watching on television heard was in fact a recording, made two days earlier by the quartet and matched tone for tone by the musicians playing along.
The players and the inauguration organizing committee said the arrangement was necessary because of the extreme cold and wind during ceremony. The conditions raised the possibility of broken piano strings, cracked instruments and wacky intonation minutes before the president’s swearing in (which had problems of its own).
Itzhak Perlman said the recording, which was made at the Marine Barracks in Washington, was used as a last resort.
“It would have been a disaster if we had done it any other way,” he said Thursday in a telephone interview. “This occasion’s got to be perfect. You can’t have any slip-ups.”
Social media was abuzz from the classical music world with questions about whether Mr. Ma and Mr. Perlman would use their valuable cello and violin in the subfreezing weather. Both used modern instruments. Mr. Ma said he had considered using a hardy carbon-fiber cello, but rejected the idea to avoid distracting viewers with its unorthodox appearance.
“What we were there for,” he said, “was to really serve the moment.”
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.