Itzhak Perlman: Virtuoso Violinist, I Know I Played Every Note – Documentary Of 1978
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This film contains, first of all, a portrait of the artist as a young man.
“ltzhak Perlman: Virtuoso Violinist (I know I played every note)”. It is a closely observed account of the formative years of Itzhak Perlman’s life and career, an intimate look at a many faceted artist who wears his success and his astonishing virtuosity so lightly. His music, his television appearances, his spokesmanship for the disabled and his light hearted ebullience have won him a particularly affectionate following but he carries his success with a particular grace and style and describes himself as basically a family man for whom the most important thing in his life is his relationship with his family.
This portrait film, which was shot over a period of three years, shows Itzhak Perlman at home in New York with his family, on tour in Europe with Pinchas Zukerman, playing Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen With the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, conducted by Lawrence Foster, in the recording studios with Vladimir Ashkenazy, recording Beethoven sonatas, playing Scott Joplin in Wuppertal with Bruno Canino, solo Bach in London, a Beethoven Trio with Vladimir Ashkenazy and Lynn Harrell in concert at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and rehearsing, performing and teaching at the Aspen Music School in Colorado, where, for a time, he went regularly with his entire family.
The film includes performances of music by Bazzini, Sarasate, Beethoven, Scott Joplin, Wieniawsky, Bach and Vivaldi with a number of performances shot live on stage in true concert conditions, where this artist is at his best and most revealing.
The film contains also a sequence in which ltzhak Perlman remembers the making of The Trout film which has become such an emblem of that affectionately remembered time.
That is followed by a sequence, made especially for this film, in which ltzhak Perlman remembers Jacqueline du Pré. It is a tribute to a fellow artist from someone who knew her intimately for many years, worked with her and has an enduring and deep seeing affection for her.
Finally the film contains memorable performances of the Bach partitas BWV 1004 and BWV 1006, shot live at a public concert in London.
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