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Itzhak Perlman: A masterpiece, a missed opportunity

Feb 17, 2014

If you attended Itzhak Perlman's performance Saturday night at Belk Theater, you heard a revelatory rendition of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E Minor. I couldn't find a recent video of him that would reflect his current thoughts about the piece, but here's a sample of him playing the first movement some years ago:

Before he came, I wished the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra hadn't asked him to play this chestnut. (He didn't propose it.) He was virtually certain to sell out the hall -- as indeed he did -- because he's the most famous classical violinist in the world. Why not let him play something we wouldn't otherwise hear? My choice: Prokofiev's second concerto, because his recording with Gennady Rozhdestvensky conducting is the best rendition I've heard.

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