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In celebration of the great Israeli-American violinists 75th birthday, Sony Classical is proud to present the first-ever collection of Itzhak Perlmans complete recordings for RCA and CBS/Sony in a single box set: 18 CDs spanning the years 1965 to 2012.
Itzhak Perlman has dominated the world of violin virtuosos for half a century. His TV appearances had al- ready made him a household name in the US by the time he was 13. A few years later came his Carnegie Hall debut, then the prestigious Leventritt Award, followed by triumphant tours of Israel, North America and Europe between 1965 and 1968. By then he was an international celebrity and recognized not just as the finest violinist of his generation but as one of the greatest musical talents to emerge since World War II (leading string authority Tully Potter writing in the NEW GROVE)
John Williams, the legendary composer for the silver screen, was Perlmans collaborator in another medi- um, the movies: his two best-selling Cinema Serenade albums arranged and conducted by Williams, with Perlman featured in selections from such classic films as Modern Times, Gone with the Wind, The Ad- ventures of Robin Hood, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Out of Africa, Cinema Paradiso, The Color Purple and, of course, the theme that Perlman memorably performed on the soundtrack of Williamss Os- car-winning score for the Spielberg masterpiece Schindlers List
New to Perlman CD editions are two complete soundtrack albums: John Williamss elegant and thoughtful score for Memoirs of a Geisha in which the violinist is joined by Yo-Yo Ma and to which Perlman brings a magical and peculiarly oriental sound to his violin-playing (Gramophone), and the music for Yimou Zhangs Hero by Tan Dun: Few composers today write more effective melodies for bowed strings (Gramophone). And to round off this uniquely wide-ranging survey of the violinists musical pas- sions and triumphs, in its first appearance in a Perlman collection, the artist is joined by golden-voiced can- tor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot in Eternal Echoes, a highly praised album of liturgical and traditional selections which the violinist has affectionately described as Jewish comfort music everything that I recognize from my childhood is in this program.