P. I. Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 - Itzhak Perlman
Am I fickle? When I listen to Beethoven, he becomes my favorite. When I listen to Tchaikovsky, he becomes my favorite. Same with Mozart. I guess this speaks to the otherworldly beauty and power of all three.
This version by I. Perlman is incredible even as it appears effortless.
Tchaikovsky - a Russian who composed often in the German style, yet certainly Russian. This piece always reminds me of my grandfather Yaakov, who was from the Podalia region of the Ukraine. I lost him when I was 12. I miss him. He was such a gentleman. Wore a bow tie every day. So many questions I have for him now.