Itzhak Perlman and Rohan De Silva in recital at London’s Barbican Centre on April 5, 2016 (Photo Credit: Amy T. Zielinski/Redferns/Getty Images)
In his first return tour to Europe in over 15 years, Itzhak Perlman enjoyed an overwhelmingly enthusiastic reception by European audiences this week in Munich, Paris and London. Audiences came from over a dozen countries from around the world including Sri Lanka, Turkey, Italy, Switzerland, Austria and Belgium to see Perlman live. All three concerts were sold out months in advance, and fans waited on line for hours to catch a glimpse of the legendary virtuoso. It was Perlman’s first time in Germany in over 20 years and the audiences in Munich were particularly emotional when hearing him play John Williams’ Theme from “Schindler’s List”. Special guests in the Munich audience included violin great Anne-Sophie Mutter and cellist Daniel Müller-Schott, and the Paris recital was attended by violin legend Ivry Gitlis, one of the last of the ‘golden generation’ of masters.
Tour review highlights:
Munich’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung:
“Violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman hasn’t been heard for a long time in Germany. Now he gave a single concert in Munich. And we knew immediately why they had missed him so much. Everything was there again: the effortlessness, the beguiling beauty of his violin sound, the sensual power of the play of Itzhak Perlman. Also the warmth of his appearance, which could fill even the huge Philharmonic hall, his immediate humor, the magic of his personality.” (Translated from German)
For the complete review: www.sueddeutsche.de/kultur/klassik-der-verzauberer-1.2933612
London’s Evening Standard:
“In his earlier years the Israeli-American virtuoso violinist Itzhak Perlman dominated the international scene. From the mid-Seventies to the mid-Nineties scarcely a year went by in which he wasn’t scooping up a Grammy award or two. He still has an enthusiastic following, as this sell-out recital amply demonstrated. And … he can still deliver. He opened with a sprightly rather than scintillating rendering of Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne, followed by the César Franck Sonata, which he shaped intelligently, producing at least something of the burnished, vibrato-laden tone for which he is famous. His partner Rohan De Silva contributed truly magnificent accompaniments throughout, with exquisite legato and perfectly modulated tone that never threatened to overwhelm the violin part. In the second half Perlman seemed more relaxed, deploying expressive portamenti to capture the nostalgia of the Dvorak Sonatina. Then it was a ragbag of potboilers introduced with a deadpan humour that suggested a possible parallel career in stand-up. Favourites by Kreisler, Wieniawski, Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev were thrown off in style, the theme from Schindler’s List eliciting particular gasps of pleasure.”