Itzhak Perlman: The Complete Warner Recordings
‘Warner Classics salutes Itzhak Perlman, the supreme violinist of his time’
“It is quite impossible to imagine today’s violin heritage without the absolute musical genius of Perlman.” –Daniel Barenboim
Warner Classics salutes “the supreme violinist of his time” in Itzhak Perlman’s 70th birthday year with Itzhak Perlman: The Complete Warner Recordings, 59 albums on 77 CDs, released today on September 25, 2015. Presenting his art in all its warmth, generosity and brilliance, this comprehensive edition unites the recordings Perlman made for both EMI and Teldec over a total period of more than 30 years.
Available as a magnificent deluxe box set, or as 59 separate releases, Itzhak Perlman: The Complete Warner Recordings embraces every aspect of Perlman’s art. It contains concertos (the ‘essential’ concertos, of course, but also more rarely-heard works, including Perlman’s own commissions from living composers); other pieces for violin and orchestra; chamber music; recital and crossover repertoire (including jazz, ragtime and klezmer), and even a disc that focuses on Perlman as narrator and (briefly) opera singer. The recordings document his collaborations with the world’s greatest orchestras and an array of superlative fellow-soloists and conductors, including Martha Argerich, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Daniel Barenboim, Plácido Domingo, Carlo Maria Giulini, Bernard Haitink, Lynn Harrell, Yo Yo Ma, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, André Previn and Pinchas Zukerman.
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, ensuring MfiT quality for the digital version on iTunes and HD quality for HD platforms. 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 (written by Jean-Michel Molkhou), 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.
Complementing Itzhak Perlman: The Complete Warner Recordings is a 3-CD box called The Perlman Sound, released on August 28, 2015. This features a selection of the most popular works and recordings from the complete edition and eloquently summarises just why Itzhak Perlman is regarded as the supreme violinist of his time.
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