HD-Vinyls 24/192 (EMI) Johannes Brahms – Violin Concerto (Perlman/Giulini)

front-small-boxsetCarlo 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

Vinyl (1977)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 1.61 GB
Scan: yes
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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
B1 II. Adagio 10:05
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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10 thoughts on “HD-Vinyls 24/192 (EMI) Johannes Brahms – Violin Concerto (Perlman/Giulini)

  1. Alf,
    my comment regards the comment in your review of this Giulini/Perlman issue:
    In contrast to the Tennstedt/Nigel Kennedy performance,
    Kennedy’s performance is generally slower than Perlman’s in all 3 movements.
    Perlman: (1)24.33, (2)10:05, (3)8:25.
    Kennedy: (1)26:17, (2)11:19, (3)8:18.
    Heifetz: (1) 18:47, (2) 8:11; and (3) 7:18),
    Only Kennedy’s last movement is quicker, and that only by a hair (.07 second.
    but Heifetz is on a ‘tear’ (tare) – slang in USA English for a fast run!
    So you are quite right; Perlman’s by this comparison is not that slow.

    But by comparison to the RCA Reiner, Chicago S. O., of 1985 or so,
    Heifetz does his first movement in just under 7 minutes more rapidly, which would possibly indicate a “cut” version.
    Since I do not have the music, I cannot tell if that is so; or if Heifetz was off to the races.

    Could it be that the allegation of “too slow against Perlman/Giulini was in light of Heifetz/Reiner?
    Now I’m curious.

    • Hi Bob,
      No cuts in Heifetz’s version, but 3 different cadenzas. Heifetz and Kennedy play this own, Perlman play Kreisler’s. Heifetz just plays less sentimental, more energetic.
      A 13-year old Huberman played the Brahms concerto in the presence of the composer, and his live version of the first mov. is under 18 minutes, even faster than Heifetz.
      So we might assume that later generations just took Brahms more relaxed than it was common at the turn of the century.

    • What DJBobby wrote…but I can add my impressions are the same, after I heard Garret live some time ago and at least other 5 live from the last decades……and from the Szeryng rip you can find here: yes, Perlman/Giulini are greatly amd dramatically slow, what doesn’t mean, it is bad 😀

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