Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Breathtaking virtuosity AND artistry!!!!!
Edward Song | Hartford, CT USA | 11/21/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It is so wonderful to see my friend and mentor, Ivry Gitlis on top form. The Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto is HAIRraising!!!!!!!!!!! and the Brahms Sonata was absolutely stunning. His control of the bow to achieve optimal brilliance, colour and tonal shadings is inimitable. Although recorded in the 1960's/70's, his interpretations far exceed his time and are still unmatched by any violinist today."
Could not agree more with "teva man"
printemps | italy | 04/04/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I could not agree more with "teva man" regarding the Tschaikovsky performance. One of the worst I've ever heard. No wonder. Mr. Gitlis' specialties are either "tidbits" or Paganini, which makes him what we call a "fiddle player", not a "violinist" let alone a musician. Only technique. And even here we're certainly not at the top. His bowing is often unsatisfactory which results in a harsh sound. His phrasing lacks musicallity and taste and also the value of the notes is only an "option". (Ever tried to listen to his Franck sonata)??
As far as the conductor and the orchestra are concerned, they sure had a hard time. I know this from a very reliable source, the conductor, who happens to be my late husband. This kind of soloists, illogical, unmusical, unreliable, are what conductors hate most.
My advice as a musician. Don't buy.