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Giv Cornfield, Ph.D.
The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics, November 2006

I wouldn't venture to guess how many times I've heard this concerto - and reactions to music on the gut level are in any case highly subjective. Yet never have I been so moved, thrilled, devasteted even, as I was by this DVD. I intend to repeat the experience again soon, but as of now, I'm convinced that this is the Non Plus Ultra of all of them! The recording dates from 1979, but that does not detract from it one iota! Perlman was simply born to master this gorgeous concerto. Maestro Ormandy and the Philadelphians are in top form, and soloist- orchestra interaction is simply electrifying. Ormandy's economy of gesture belies the absolute control he has over the orchestra. It's a somewaht strange program, but the Mussorgsky brings down the house. Don't miss this one!

David Patrick Stearns
The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 2006

The Mussorgsky-Tchaikovsky concert DVD was shot in the Academy of Music (which looks splendid) and is mainly of interest for Perlman, who is at his peak. His unmistakably husky tone quality and instinctual musicality are unfettered by even the slightest technical restrictions. Rarely do you encounter such fearless fiddling.

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