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Itzhak Perlman: The Great Romantic Violin Concertos. Tchaikovsky: Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy, conductor, Brahms: Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Carlo Maria Giulini, conductor; Mendelssohn & Bruch: London Symphony Orchestra, Andre Previn, conductor. EMI/ANGEL SZC 3912, 3 records -- This is a repacking of some of Perlman's strongest performances on record. It is the ideal way to hear some of the finest available performances of each work in one convenient package. Every collection should have at least one performance of each of these concertos in it. The Tchaikovsky is certainly the best recording to date of the work, with Ormandy giving Perlman stunning assistance in a volatile, exuberant account. The Brahmns shows that with the right conductor, Perlman can be profound. He and Giulini make great music together. The Mendelssohn-Bruch pairing is suave, bouncy, stunningly played. I can thing of no better way to get to know these works and the special brand of musicianship that has set Perl man apart.

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