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Pinchas Zukerman: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon and Philips

Violinist, violist, and conductor Pinchas Zukerman is close to 70 years old, but shows no signs of slowing down. Or wanting to do so. When I chatted with him for this feature, he was set to perform with his longtime musical partner, Itzhak Perlman, and head to the Berkshire Hills and Tanglewood to speak to several thousand people of the importance of music in one’s life. The Deutsche Grammophon label (which is part of Universal Classics, and therefore owns several labels), has a broad-ranging release of 22 CDs that Zukerman made between the mid 1970s and the 1990s. As All Classical’s music director, and an employee here since the station’s founding in 1983, I’m familiar with nearly every recording. As I learned in talking with Mr. Zukerman, I may be more familiar with his CDs than he is! But that’s understandable: the ever-busy musician says while he remembers many of the recordings, he won’t be “staring out the window” reminiscing about them, because there’s still so much music making to do. Mr. Zukerman says of the role of music in his life: “I am born to make music. Music is my motive since I was five years old, it gives me energy, emotion, everything.” This collection gives nearly everything that a fan of this musician, who has 5 decades of performance already racked up, could hope for. In my conversation, you’ll hear selections of Cesar Franck’s Sonata in A; Vivaldi’s “Spring” concerto; a viola sonata by Brahms; Mr. Zukerman conducting horn soloist Hermann Baumann and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra; and partnering with a then 10-year-old Midori. A collection that serves as a document of one man’s contributions to music, and to our lives.

Pinchas Zukerman: Complete Recordings on DG, Decca, & Philips
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