Humoresque by A. Dvorak – Itzhak Perlman & Yo-Yo Ma

Humoresque is often students’ favorite piece to play in Suzuki Book 3, and with good reason – few composers who ever lived could pen a melody as simple yet captivating as Dvorak’s.  And while the recording of Humoresque that we get on the Suzuki CDs is perfectly fine in it’s own right, it’s good to step outside the world of Suzuki from time to time and listen to a truly professional, impeccably musical performance.

This is what is provided by Itzhak Perlman (violin) and Yo-Yo Ma (cello), perhaps the two musicians most famous for their tone and expressive musicality on their respective instruments in the past 50 years.  Listening to this recording reminds me of what I often say to students when they ask when they’ll be “done with this piece,” and my response with a smile is, “never.”  You can always practice it until it sounds as wonderful as this!