Ivry Gitlis plays Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saëns, Bartók and Elgar

Orchestre National de l'ORTF, Francesco Mander (direction) — Georges Pludermacher (piano), Tasso Janopoulo (piano)

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Ivry Gitlis — Violinist
Tasso Janopoulo — Pianist
Orchestre de l'ORTF
Francesco Mander — Conductor

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Astounding virtuosity, incomparable musicianship: Ivry Gitlis, the violin blessed by the Gods.

"I need to play to feel alive. The day I stop, will mean I am dead." The youthful man who expresses himself in this way is Ivry Gitlis, who was born in Haïfa in 1922. He plays, as he did in March 2008 at the Salle Pleyel with Martha Argerich. An adventurer, he always counted on his lucky star to feed him when he was broke: he left for New York by boat without a penny to take lessons with Professor Pashrus. On board he was invited every evening to dinner by a generous philanthropist who gave him a thousand dollars once he set foot in New York. Curious about everything and eager to experience new sensations, he played with the Rolling Stones, John Lennon, Eric Clapton and Dizzy Gillespie, among others.

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Directed by:
Philippe Truffault
Venue: Salle Pleyel (Paris, France)
Production date: 2007
Recording date: 1962 ; 1965 ; 1971
Duration: 51 min
Production: © Idéale Audience / Img Artists / INA in association with Mezzo / La Cinquième / France Images with the participation of CNC
Resolution: SD