A double bill on renowned violinist, Itzhak Perlman, is the next program in the Arts on Film series to be screened this Wednesday May 15 in Arts.

Allegro Films 2008

Allegro Films 2008

Two films by Christopher Nupen feature.

Virtuoso Violinist : I know I played every note, is a documentary portrait of Itzhak Perlamn, how he fell in love with the sounds of the violin at the age of three and a half but contracted polio a few months later, and how he overcame his handipcap to become an international superstar violinist, a rare status for a classical musician.  It includes music by Bach, Bazzini, Sarasate, Beethoven and Joplin among others.  It was filmed in London, New York, Aspen and Wuppertal between 1975 and 1977, three crucial years in the development of his career.

Bach Partitas : E major, BWV 1006 and D minor, BWV 1004, features a performance by Itzhak Perlman on violin.  It was filmed live at a memorable recital in St. John’s, Smith Square, London in 1977.  The Partita in D minor ends with the great Chaconne, one of the most technically and musically demanding pieces for the instrument.

Itzhak Perlman by Gazagoal. 5 May 2006. Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Itzhak Perlman by Gazagoal. 5 May 2006. Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

The Itzhak Perlman double bill commences at 12.00 noon and concludes at 1.35 pm (approx). It will be held in the Arts Listening-Viewing Room. Enter via the Arts Reading Room and Audio-visual Centre (from Trescowthick Information Centre). Admission is free. No bookings required, but come early as seating is limited. Enjoy!

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