Perlman in Russia Lacks Complete Performance
Priorityviolins | Westerville, OH USA | 06/08/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I received my Perlman in Russia DVD today from Amazon.com. I am very disappointed with it, as they did not include the complete Tchaikovsky violin concerto, just the 3rd movement, as was the case with the VHS. I had thought that since this was a two DVD set, it would contain the complete Tchaikovsky concerto but it does not. I digitized my VHS copy onto one DVD with very good results. With two DVDs included with this new DVD set, EMI had plenty of room on the DVD to include the complete concerto. My advice would be if you have the VHS tape or a digitized copy of it, save your money and do not buy this new 2 DVD set of Perlman in Russia. Perlman is fabulous as always but not including the complete Tchaikovsky violin concerto in this DVD set is unbelievable. That is why I rate this DVD set with only 3 stars."
The Masterclass is An Extra Selling Point
BLee | HK | 09/27/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
A shame that we don't have the whole of Tsaichovsky Concerto!
Nor do we have any other concerto at all. Only small pieces. Pieces that are tailored , quite aptly, for the Russian audience in Moscow where the recital was held. They are essentially virtuoso pieces, which were performed to the bewilderment of the Russian audience. And Mr Perlman this time reminds us more of Gigli rather than Caruso or Joseph Schmidt.
Nevertheless, one must say Perlman's accompanist ( a former pupil of Rosaline Lhevinne) ismuch more impressive than Aaron Rosand's at Mills College Recital. The repertoire, as we can all see from the cover, is definitely short. The running time of the recital is only 40 minutes or so. The masterclass, intriguing it may be, is short too. The whole thing is regrettably too short for a double album!
The masterclass, to the violin pupils, may well be an extra selling point particularly so when Perlman was so generous and open in giving advice and doing demonstrations."