Vivaldi - The Four Seasons - Perlman - London Philharmonic Orchestra on 180g Import LP from Hi-Q Records
Cut from the Original Analog EMI Master Tapes at Abbey Road Studios!
Famed violinist Itzhak Perlman conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance of Vivaldi's iconic The Four Seasons recorded on May 18-20, 1976 at No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London. Engineered by Stuart Eltham and produced by the legendary Suvi Raj Grubb. This Hi-Q Records Supercuts edition was cut at Abbey Road Studios from the original stereo analogue master tapes with the Neumann VMS82 lathe fed an analogue pre-cut signal from a specially adapted Studer A80 tape deck with additional 'advance' playback head, making the cut a totally analogue process.
Itzhak Perlman is an Israeli-born violinist, conductor, and is regarded as one of the pre-eminent violinists of the 20th and early-21st centuries, renowned for his brilliant technique, direct interpretation and precision. He has appeared with every major orchestra in the world, showcasing his talent at music festivals, recitals, and concerts around the world. Undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. Beloved for his charm and humanity as well as his talent, he is treasured by audiences throughout the world who respond not only to his remarkable artistry, but also to the irrepressible joy of making music, which he communicates.
In January of 2009, Mr. Perlman was honored to take part in the Inauguration of President Barack Obama, premiering a piece written for the occasion by John Williams and performing with clarinetist Anthony McGill, pianist Gabriela Montero, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. In December of 2003 the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts granted Mr. Perlman a Kennedy Center Honor celebrating his distinguished achievements and contributions to the cultural and educational life of our nation. In May of 2007, he performed at the State Dinner for Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, hosted by President George W. Bush and Mrs. Bush at the White House.
In addition to his many orchestral and recital appearances throughout the world, Mr. Perlman performs as conductor with leading orchestras. He was Music Advisor of the St. Louis Symphony from 2002 to 2004, and he was Principal Guest Conductor of the Detroit Symphony from 2001 to 2005. He has performed as conductor with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony, National Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the symphony orchestras of San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Montreal, Atlanta and Toronto, as well as at the Ravinia and OK Mozart festivals. Internationally, Mr. Perlman has conducted the Berlin Philharmonic, Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Philharmonic, the English Chamber Orchestra, and the Israel Philharmonic.
He proudly possesses four Emmy Awards and fifteen Grammy awards. He performed at the 2006 Academy Awards and at the Juilliard School Centennial gala, broadcast nationally on Live from Lincoln Center. One of Mr. Perlman’s proudest achievements is his collaboration with film score composer John Williams in Steven Spielberg’s Academy Award winning film Schindler’s List, in which he performed the violin solos.
"Perlman...presents a personality performance, one which naturally brings out the individuality of his artistry. So the momentary hesitations in the bird noises have the finesse of a great artist to make them more compelling, and on balance Perlman's style of phrasing is a degree freer and more overtly expressive than Galway's [version for flute], except that for a movement like the central Adagio of "Summer" he adopts a deliberately simple style, stilling his vibrato. There is flair too in the quirky contrasts between the alternating sections of the first movement of that concerto, and generally contrasts of all kinds are heightened. The LPO strings play with great refinement, and with a rather more intimate acoustic than to the other versions, the result is both in scale and sharply defined." - from the original 1976 review by Edward Greenfield, Gramophone
Vivaldi The Four Seasons Track Listing:
Concerto No. 1 in E major (Spring)
Concerto No. 2 in G minor (Summer)
Concerto No. 3 in F major (Autumn)
8. Adagio molto
Concerto No. 4 in F minor (Winter)
10. Allegro non molto