Pinchas Zukerman, violin. DSO Berlin. Vladimir Ashkenazy, conductor.
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These performances from the late 1990s illuminate the deep affection pianist/conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy has for the music of W.A. Mozart and Richard Strauss. He and Pinchas Zukerman, the soloist in Mozart's A Major Violin Concerto (K. 219), had a strong musical chemistry and frequently played chamber music together at that time. The program of the 1904 Symphonia domestica depicts a day in the life of the Strauss family, painted on a broad symphonic canvas.
"Ashkenazy takes a more relaxed and subdued, even chamber-like approach that excels in the transparently orchestrated earlier parts of [Strauss's] score."—Fanfare
"It is rare to find, in the same artist, the very highest levels of musical talent living alongside the deepest genuine humility. None has that rare combination in higher degree than Vladimir Ashkenazy."—Gramophone