I’ve been slowly getting around to all nine of the CDs in the Perlman collection that my parents gave me for my birthday back in May – I’ve been taking them wildly out of order, but this morning I loaded up the first CD from the collection into iTunes. It opens with the Bach Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, which Perlman is playing with Isaac Stern and the New York Philharmonic.
It’s an exceptionally fun work for me to hear right now, while I’m playing my first piece in Suzuki Book Four, because the first movement of the Concerto for Two Violins is itself the final work in Book Four. It’s thrilling to think that when I get to the end of this book I’ll be playing the second violin part of this magnificent piece from the violin canon. As I mentioned, on this recording I’ve been listening to Isaac Stern has the part that’s coming up for me. I can barely believe it’s on the horizon.
Suzuki rounds out this first movement of the Bach Concerto by including it again as the finale in the next book – Book Five, where the student gets to play Perlman’s part from my CD.
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