Itzhak Perlman's Birthday

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Today is the birthday of violinist Itzhak Perlman, so what better way to celebrate than by hearing his performance of a beloved sonata? You told us you wanted to hear Beethoven's Sonata No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47, “Kreutzer” and we played it today at noon.

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Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47, “Kreutzer”

Johannes Brahms: Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op. 78

Cesar Franck: Sonata in A Major

Comments [22]

Irene

Happy Birthday Mr. Perlman!
Thank you for the joyful love you express with your playing! Hope to hearing you live one day! God bless you!

Sep. 01 2011 09:39 AM
Michael Meltzer

That's called "Bait & Switch."

Aug. 31 2011 12:55 PM
ravenelvenlady

Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata
No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47,
“Kreutzer” was an excellent choice. What a rousing, exciting performance with the unbeatable combination of Perlman and Argerich! Stupendous!

Aug. 31 2011 12:51 PM
John Dixon from Old Greenwich, CT

Tough choice between Beethoven and Franck.
There must be reasons why so many of us who love Brahms's orchestral music can't seem to get into his chamber works. When we hear them (on QXR), they always remind me of that old saying about seeming "like paint drying."

Aug. 31 2011 12:02 PM
Mary Haugh from Long Island

Happy Birthday Mr Perlman. I have had the honor and intense pleasure of hearing you play and watching you conduct the Westchester Philharmonic Orchestra several times. Many, many happy returns of the day.

Aug. 31 2011 11:56 AM

Going the "Kreutzer" because the guys on the cover look so sexy.

Aug. 31 2011 11:54 AM
David from NYC

Franck, please, never heard his performance on this one. And happy birth day, Mr. Perlman.

Aug. 31 2011 11:50 AM
MusicDiva from Larchmont, NY

Happy, Happy Birthday Maestro..you are a gifted and wonderful musician and we all benefit from your gift. Keep that generous spirit alive and many, happy healthy more! MusicDiva

Aug. 31 2011 11:48 AM
Dianne Chapitis from Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Every piece is exquiste... a hard decision but I will go for Beethoven for its soothing strength, beauty and momentum !

Aug. 31 2011 11:36 AM
Michael Meltzer

The Perlman/Ashkenazy Beethoven Sonatas are absolutely splendid! I would never have expected two such distinctly individual soloists to work together so seamlessly.
Also, when you have a pianist like Ashkenazy, Ax or Argerich, the recording engineer doesn't dare bury the piano part.
The Kreutzer, then.

Aug. 31 2011 11:35 AM
richard from Englewood

Love 'em all, but we don't get the Brahms nearly often enough.

Yom Huledet Sameach, Itzik!

Aug. 31 2011 11:34 AM
lynn silberman from manhattan

happy, happy day and year! to a great man, teacher, musician who has given us so very much.
please play the frank..thank you.

Aug. 31 2011 11:27 AM
Alonso Alegria from Lima, Peru

I love the way Mr. Perlman always sems to be curbing a smile while he plays, as if he enjoyed it almost uncontrolably. This is almost as wonderful to watch as it is wonderful to hear him play. I love his attitude, his generosity, his unbelievable talent.

Alonso Alegria
in Lima

Aug. 31 2011 11:25 AM
William Ledbeter from NJ

I love the Kruetzer! Lark assending,never again.

Aug. 31 2011 11:25 AM
Sarah Walters from Staten Island

Happy Birthday to Mr. Perlman. Kreutzer - yes. Happy to able to listen as my company had blocked websites, but I pleaded with them to give me back wqxr - thank goodness.

Aug. 31 2011 11:25 AM
David from Ardsley, NY

The Kreutzer is the greatest violin sonata ever written! As great as Perlman is, the greatest performance of the Kreutzer I ever heard was Gidon Kramer at SUNY Purchase, probably in the 1980s. I don't remember who the pianist was.

Aug. 31 2011 11:21 AM
uday from new jersey

Kreutzer please! My favorite perlman performance with ashkenazy as pianist circa 88

Aug. 31 2011 10:50 AM
audra thomas from staten island, ny

... BUT THE CESAR FRANCK IS GORGEOUS!!!!

why do we ALWAYS seem to-go for the REALLY big names???

HappyBirthday, Mr.Perlman... and thank-you for all these many years of your virtuosity... your birthday-gift to us!!!

Aug. 31 2011 10:41 AM
anne from NYC

Brahms! Brahms!

Aug. 31 2011 10:39 AM
Cynthia from Cleveland, OH

Happy Birthday, Mr. Perlman.

Aug. 31 2011 09:51 AM
joshua zakheim

Beethoven

Aug. 31 2011 09:50 AM
Karin from NYC

Beethoven please...

Aug. 31 2011 09:28 AM

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