“I think the purpose of music is to make people who hear it feel that there is something better going on than that which they’re usually concerned with.” André Previn told Bruce Duffie in an interview. “I think that you really do get a glimpse of immortality, and of unalloyed, pure pleasure and joy out of music, and you don’t get it from anything else. So I’m very glad it’s around.”
Enjoy André Previn‘s composition ‘Look At Him Go’ with Itzhak Perlman, Shelly Manne, Jim Hall and Red Mitchell, from the ‘A Different Kind of Blues’ album.
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“Every moment of Itzhak Perlman’s 1988 Bach Sonatas and Partitas cycle constitutes sweetly singing, tonally generous, and technically irreproachable violin playing. His supreme bow control, for example, allows him to sustain unusually broad tempos in the D minor partita’s Chaconne and the C major sonata’s opening Adagio, while quicker movements burst forth with effortless, shimmering joy,” writes Jed Distler for ClasssicToday.Com
“Technically he (Itzhak Perlman) is beyond reproach; chords are traversed deftly—and in the Adagio of Sonata No. 3 skillfully subjugated to the melodic line, and his differentiation between marked pianos and fortes is very clear,” writes Gramophone.
In a 2002 interview with International Musician, Oscar Peterson explained that he first began playing and listening to classical music as a young child, stating “I only first really heard jazz somewhere between the ages of 7 and 10.”
Oscar Peterson received piano lessons in his hometown of Montreal, and the influence of composers past can be heard in his work throughout his career. He recorded the album ‘Side By Side’ with Itzhak Perlman.
Critics agree that Oscar Peterson, who had suffered a stroke a few years earlier, sounds healthy throughout their recording. “The economy of his playing here shows just how much he can say with only a few notes.,” writes Howard Reich in his review for the Chicago Tribune.
Itzhak Perlman shares another story and plays a little Bach to help brighten your day!
Don’t forget to laugh. A good laugh will lift your spirits and chase away any gloominess with a clear and upbeat attitude.