No one could deny that Itzhak Perlman holds a special place in the world of music - and no one
could define it more eloquently than his old friend and colleague, the pianist and conductor Daniel
Barenboim: "It is quite impossible to imagine today's violin heritage without the absolute musical
genius of Perlman." The most obvious manifestation of that genius is the famous Perlman Sound -
lustrous, warm and generous, its impact compounded by often astounding virtuosity; and yet
Perlman makes it all look so easy. In fact, he communicates a positive joy in his playing.
Released for Mr Perlman's 70th birthday, this 3-CD collection explores his artistry from the finest
concerto highlights (Mendelssohn, Brahms, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Korngold, Sibelius, The Four
Seasons), to virtuoso solo and chamber repertoire (Paganini Caprice No.24, Bach Partita No.3, the
Méditation from Thaïs, Flight of the Bumblebee, Zapateado) and klezmer and jazz selections. The
duo partners and conductors are some of the 20th century's biggest classical stars, many of whom
count among Perlman's dearest friends and collaborators.