Itzhak Perlman plays Saint-Saëns and Elgar

BBC Symphony conducted by Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, Sadler's Wells Orchestra conducted by Charles Mackerras

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Itzhak Perlman — Violinist

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Gennadi Rozhdestvensky — Conductor

Sadler's Wells Orchestra

Charles Mackerras — Conductor

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Remarkable archival footage of two brilliant performances by one of the greatest violinists of the 20th and 21st centuries: Itzhak Perlman plays Saint-Saëns’ Introduction et Rondo capriccioso and Elgar’s Violin Concerto in B Minor.

The first performance comes from a BBC recording of Perlman’s October 1970 appearance with the Sadler’s Wells Orchestra led by Charles Mackerras at the London Coliseum Theatre. They perform Saint-Saëns’s Introduction et Rondo capriccioso, Op.28, a rousing virtuosic showpiece originally composed for Pablo de Sarasate as the final movement of a violin concerto. Next comes Perlman a decade later at the Royal Albert Hall with the BBC Symphony Orchestra led by conductor Gennadi Rozhdestvensky. Together they present Elgar’s three-movement Violin Concerto in B Minor, which was composed for, premiered by, and dedicated to the legendary Fritz Kreisler, and gained immediate public success.

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