December 08, 2015

Itzhak Perlman's 70th birthday boxed set in Chicago Tribune Christmas gift guide

Hard to beat Itzhak Perlman's Complete Warner Recordings as the ultimate gift for classical lovers and completists.

"Classical listening delights, wrapped in gift boxes": Chicago Tribune has selected the 77-CD Itzhak Perlman Complete Warner Recordings collection for its annual gift guide as one of only three "highly recommended classical boxed sets for gift-givers and receivers this holiday season".

The verdict:

"One of the great violinists of our time gets a lavish 70th birthday toast with this comprehensive collection, which gathers remastered pressings of all 59 albums Perlman recorded for EMI and Teldec over more than 30 years.

"Each disc gets its own booklet and cardboard sleeve, with the original cover art, and all are housed in a sturdy 'browser' box. Perlman's recordings have stood the test of time very well, and several remain benchmark interpretations. A 100-page hardback book includes an interview, tributes, photos and discography."

The MDT editorial team has added its seal of approval, too, pointing out that "no other label is in a position to assemble such a comprehensive, multi-faceted Perlman tribute. The recordings see the star violinist collaborating with an array of superlative musicians, including Martha Argerich, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Daniel Barenboim, Plácido Domingo, Carlo Maria Giulini, Bernard Haitink, Lynn Harrell, Yo-Yo Ma, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, André Previn and Pinchas Zukerman."