Carlo Maria Giulini (1914-2005) and Itzhak Perlman collaborated with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in this famous 1976 EMI recording. I have heard this criticized as having an overly slow Ist movement. Having listened to this, I do not find I overly slow, but rather a bit leisurely, giving the conductor, orchestra and soloist TIME to really interact and do some special touches with Brahms’ orchestration. II and III are definitely in the same league tempo wise, with many other recordings. The recorded sound is excellent and the Chicago Symphony plays with great authority and precision.
Composer: Johannes Brahms
Performer: Itzhak Perlman
Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Carlo Maria Giulini
Number of Discs: 1
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 1.61 GB
In order to produce a great recording of the Brahms Violin concerto in D, Op. 77, one must think two things. #1, is the idea that the soloist is actually a poet, spinning his or her lines with beauty, eloquence, emotion and grace. The #2 item is that one has to be totally convinced that the Brahms is, bar none, hands down, absolutely, 100% sure THE best Violin Concerto ever, by anyone, in any time , ever, ever. I have known the Brahms practically all my life long, since the 60’s when I was a kid and heard it the radio and have heard, since then, almost every existing violin concerto and this one by Brahms is amog the best 2-3 concerti.
The first movement fills up nicely the timing of 24:30 and Giulini provides striong support and a tempo that move a bit quicker than his generally slower symphonic movements.
After a gorgeous middle Adagio of 10;09, Itzhak Perlman launches into the famous rousing and wild Allegro Giocoso. Once again, Giulini’s pacing is more upbeat than his usual tempo, and it works exceedingly well. If this movement were to drag, as many critics have accused Carlo Maria of doing, it simply would collapse under it’s own weight, but this s, happily, not the case here. As perfect a performance by both maestro and soloist as you’re apt to find.
|Concerto For Violin And Orchestra D-Major Op.77|
|A1||I. Allegro Non Troppo – Cadence (Joachim) – Tempo I||24:32|
|B2||III. Allegro Giocoso, Ma Non Troppo Vivace||8:20|
Analyzed folder: /192k Brahms – Violin Concerto – Giulini, Perlman
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR14 -1.20 dB -21.51 dB A Concerto For Violin And Orchestra D-Major Op.77 – I. Allegro Non Troppo – Cadence (Joachim) – Tempo I.aif
DR16 -3.90 dB -26.59 dB B1 Concerto For Violin And Orchestra D-Major Op.77 – II. Adagio.aif
DR12 -1.20 dB -18.01 dB B2 Concerto For Violin And Orchestra D-Major Op.77 – III. Allegro Giocoso, Ma Non Troppo Vivace.aif
Number of files: 3
Official DR value: DR14
- Composer – Johannes Brahms
- Conductor – Carlo Maria Giulini
- Engineer – Christopher Parker
- Liner Notes – R. Kinloch Anderson
- Orchestra – Chicago Symphony Orchestra
- Producer – Christopher Bishop
- Violin – Itzhak Perlman
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