To celebrate Perlman's landmark birthday, Warner Classics is releasing Itzhak Perlman ã The Complete Warner Recordings, a fifty-nine-album set which contains all the recordings he made for EMI Classics (his principal label) and also for Teldec ã including some previously unreleased recordings.
The Complete Warner Recordings embraces every aspect of the great violinist's art. It contains concertos (the 'essential' concertos, of course, but also more rarely-heard works, including Perlman's own commissions from living composers); other pieces for violin and orchestra; chamber music; recital and crossover repertoire (including jazz, ragtime and klezmer), and even a disc that focuses on Perlman as narrator and (briefly) opera singer. The recordings document his collaborations with the world's greatest orchestras and an array of superlative fellow-soloists and conductors, including Martha Argerich, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Daniel Barenboim, Plˆcido Domingo, Carlo Maria Giulini, Bernard Haitink, Lynn Harrell, Yo Yo Ma, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, Andr_ Previn and Pinchas Zukerman.
The box set also contains a beautifully produced hardback book, featuring a wealth of photographs, many of them from private collections and never before published. Running to more than 100 pages, it contains a new interview with Itzhak Perlman (written by Jean-Michel Molkhou), an essay on his life and career and personal tributes from distinguished and varied fellow musicians, including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Daniel Barenboim, Renaud Capu?on, Ivry Gitlis, Gidon Kremer, Yo-Yo Ma, Vadim Repin and Maxim Vengerov.
The format and presentation of each album is true to the original LP and CD release: the couplings of musical works have been retained and the design reflects the original jacket. New notes on the music and the performances have been written by one of France's best-known experts on violinists and violin-playing, Jean-Michel Molkhou.