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Itzhak Perlman revisits moments of early greatness with pianist Emanuel Ax

Itzhak Perlman revisits moments of early greatness with pianist Emanuel Ax

In 1972 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Jascha Heifetz gave his last public recital. Widely acclaimed as the greatest violinist of the 20th century, he was 71 and age had caught up with him. It was time for a new generation.

That new generation had been ready for while. In my youth I worshiped Heifetz like a god. Then shortly before Heifetz's final recital, I heard a twentysomething Itzhak Perlman play Berg's Violin Concerto. I was convinced the next world's greatest violinist had already arrived.

Perlman turns 71 this August, and Tuesday night he appeared at Walt Disney Concert Hall with pianist Emanuel Ax in a recital program eerily similar to the one Heifetz had given...

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