Itzhak Perlman: Virtuoso Violinist, I Know I Played Every Note – Documentary Of 1978

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.

An Allegro Film by Christopher Nupen

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  1. A great use of my time.

    I learned so much from him as an artist and a person!

    And I play the cello!

    This guy is well rounded, I love it!

  2. Mr. Perlman used to shop at the classical record store where I used to work. He was always a joy to be around and I admire his playing too! Hi Mr. Perlman!!! Bravo!!!

  3. Does anyone know who the announcer is in the St. John’s segment at 30:20? The voice is like Waterford Crystal with vowels?? 🙂

  4. This indeed is treasure. I never knew it existed. I saw on Facebook Itzhac Perlman playing the Star Spangled Banner at the Mets stadium and went to You Tube to find a better video and saw all of these videos. This documentary going back to 1978, it was just like being there Listening to a friend. Tank you Allegro Films.

  5. OMG, that Wieniawski A minor duo with Zuckerman….sheeshhhh! There isn’t a single fricking note out of place! Wieniawski couldn’t play it that well, I’m sure!!! Probably why Nupen used that for the music that appears in the menus of the DVDs of his documentaries!

  6. In the early days of TV, if a renowned artist (music, opera, ballet,) appeared, my father would say “here, watch this they are the best in the world” and with no formal education, I must say, his appreciation for all things artistic and amazing was spot on. So, Ed Sullivan and others like Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts allowed me to see many of the artists, now gone,whose videos I can often find on YouTube.

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