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Mendelssohn Piano Trios
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Itzhak Perlman and Yo Yo Ma together again on this disc available now from amazon, iTunes and retail outlets.


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Play Trivial Perlsuit Now!
Posted Apr 27, 2015 by itzhakperlman

Trivial Perlsuit Puzzle

Trivial Perlsuit Puzzle

Can you figure out what these people have in common?

The answer might surprise you: they all appeared on the cover of Newsweek magazine.

Newsweek magazine called Itzhak Perlman the ”World’s Top Fiddle” when he was featured on the cover in 1980.

There he was – just past 30 – mentioned in the same breath with the century’s great line of solo performers: Joseph Joachim, Fritz Kreisler, Joseph Szigeti from the past, and more recently Yehudi Menuhin, Isaac Stern, and above all, Heifetz.

”It’s a silly title,” says Perlman of being called ”top fiddle.” ”The most important thing to me is what my colleagues and audience think of my music. All the money, glamour, and glitter that’s been associated with this is very, very nice, but I still feel I should not forget what I am dedicated to. I’m a musician first, and I hope to grow nicely old with music.”

Although Newsweek was never known for being as arts-friendly as its chief rival, Time, the magazine regularly featured an arts section with interviews, record reviews and critical commentaries.

Katrine Ames is an arts reporter who came to Newsweek in 1970 as a researcher, and worked her way up to senior editor before leaving in 1996. “When I started, there was music every week,” she recalled in a phone conversation. “This wasn’t just Newsweek, it was everywhere.”

Ames remembers an era when artists like Itzhak Perlman, Zubin Mehta and Pierre Boulez would land on the cover, and the magazine featured a major cover story on Bach’s 300th birthday in December 1985.
“Editor Jack Kroll would fight tooth and nail,” to get classical music covered, said Aimes.

New 25 CD Box Set Coming In May
Posted Apr 20, 2015 by itzhakperlman

unnamedDeutsche 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.

Behind The Scenes at New Album Shoot
Posted Apr 15, 2015 by itzhakperlman

IMG_20150310_114819169_HDRHere’s a behind-the-scenes look at pianist Emanuel Ax and violinist Itzhak Perlman’s photo shoot with New York photographer, Shervin Lainez for their upcoming Fauré/Strauss album scheduled for release on Friday, August 28, 2015.

“It is always a special experience to make music with good friends,” says Itzhak Perlman.

Lainez is known for capturing musicians’ personalities through colors and angles, postures and spacing. His portfolio boasts musicians from different backgrounds and genres (Regina Spektor, Amanda Palmer, Conor Oberst, Tegan and Sara, and Chromeo, to name a few). His array of work has its own unique signature, striding across major magazine and album covers with the identifying “Shervin” characteristics.

The two celebrated masters of the concert stage, Mr. Ax and Mr. Perlman will soon be performing together in major cities across the country this Fall. The new upcoming album marks their second recording collaboration. The pair first collaborated with multiple Grammy Award-winning cellist, Yo-Yo Ma on the Mendelssohn Piano Trios for Sony Masterworks in 2009.

Itzhak Promotes Documentary “God’s Fiddler: Jascha Heifetz”
Posted Apr 07, 2015 by itzhakperlman

unnamedItzhak Perlman was recently interviewed by Jack Ford at WNET Studios for Peter Rosen’s documentary, “God’s Fiddler” about the world’s most renowned violinist, Jascha Heifetz. The documentary features rare family home movies in Los Angeles and all over the world.

Jascha Heifetz was the first truly modern virtuoso, a man about whom Itzhak Perlman said, ‘When I spoke with him, I can’t believe, I’m talking to God’.

A musical wunderkind, Jascha Heifetz set the standard in violin playing for nearly a century. This film portrays an artist for whom only perfection would do, so well known in popular culture that his name became shorthand for excellence for everyone from Jack Benny to The Muppets, to Woody Allen.

Heifetz was a legendary but mysterious figure whose story embodies the dual nature of artistic genius. The paradox of how a mortal man lives with immortal gifts – gifts he must honor, but which extract a life-long price. Is the man and the artist the same person? What is the price each pays? And who was the man behind the music?

The American Masters documentary Jascha Heifetz: God’s Fiddler premieres on PBS starting April 16, 2015.

20th Anniversary of ‘Fiddler’s House’ at Carnegie Hall
Posted Mar 30, 2015 by itzhakperlman

01.27Itzhak Perlman joins the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF) for its centennial gala concert presentation of “In the Fiddler’s House” on Tuesday, March 31, 2015. The performance features Klezmer musicians Michael Alpert, Alan Bern, Kurt Bjorling, Judy Bressler, Frank London, Hankus Netzky, Lorin Skamberg, Andy Statman, and The Klezmer Conservatory Band, along with special guests.

The 20th-anniversary return of his highly popular “In the Fiddler’s House” program celebrates the rich tradition of Jewish and klezmer music.

“Klezmer has everything you want, ethnically, and yet it’s so intertwined with American culture,” Paul Morrissett says. “We want to make sure that we are part of a living tradition, and living traditions change; they don’t stay in a pickled form.”

Itzhak Perlman’s PBS Television special Great Performances: In the Fiddler’s House won an Emmy Award in 1995. A recording of the same name was simultaneously released by EMI Classics/Angel, featuring THE KLEZMATICS accompanying Mr. Perlman on his first foray into klezmer. This album has since topped World and Classical music charts internationally, becoming one of the top selling folk albums of the past decade.