Murray Perahia: Awards Collection

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Murray Perahia: Awards Collection
Murray Perahia (piano) with Radu Lupu (piano), Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Concertgebouw Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra

[ Sony Classical / 15 CD Box Set ]

Release Date: Monday 10 April 2017

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Celebrating the 70th anniversary of American pianist and conductor Murray Perahia (born April 19th, 1947). His Grammy®, Gramophone, Echo Klassik, Edison, Midem Classical and Japan Recording Academy Award winning recordings in a special 15-CD edition. All recordings in facsimile sleeves, 80-page booklet with complete liner notes and an appreciation by Jessica Duchen. Murray Perahia's prolific recording career has spanned some 45 years to date, encompassing music of three different centuries, from Bach to Bartók. Ever since his first LP, soon after his triumph at the 1972 Leeds International Piano Competition, aged 25, the great American pianist's performances have more than stood the test of time; and along the way they have been recognized with an astonishing crop of awards. The Grammys in the US, the Gramophone Awards in Britain, the Diapason d'or in France and the ECHO Klassik awards in Germany are among the organizations that have picked out many of Perahia's recordings as some of the finest of their day. This set is devoted to Perahia's award-winning discs for Sony Classical / CBS Masterworks.

"His virtuosity is totally self-effacing so that the listener's engagement with Chopin's world is complete." Penguin Guide on the Chopin Etudes

"One of Perahia's greatest recordings, full of grace, poetry and imaginative flair. A truly magnificent portrait of a master pianist at his peak." Gramophone on the Chopin ballades

"Bach keyboard playing doesn't come any finer than this. A set of true distinction, most truthfully recorded." Penguin Guide on the Bach partitas

"The Perahia cycle is a remarkable achievement; in terms of poetic insight and musical spontaneity the performances are in a class of their own. There is a wonderful singing line and at the same time a sensuousness that is always tempered by spirituality." Penguin Guide on the Mozart concertos

"His long experience with Bach's keyboard works gives him a natural point of entry to the Variations on a Theme of Handel, which is taken at quite fast tempos...Yet Perahia never draws attention to the technical challenges, and the music seems to flow out of him with complete naturalness." BBC Music on the Brahms

"Wonderful performances: delicacy in the Mozart as well as a feel for the Sonata's near-orchestral scale. A magisterial reading of Schubert's Fantasie." BBC Music Magazine on the Perahia/Lupu Mozart/Schubert

"The ASMF is Perahia's partner for these acclaimed 2000 and 2001 discs which, apart from a variety of keyboard colour and nuance that puts rival versions in the shade, benefit from an ideal recorded balance." Gramophone on the Bach keyboard concertos


Bach, J S:
English Suite No. 1 in A major, BWV806
English Suite No. 3 in G minor, BWV808
English Suite No. 6 in D minor, BWV811
Goldberg Variations, BWV988
Keyboard Concertos Nos. 1-7 BWV1052-1058
Concerto for Flute, Violin & Harpsichord in A minor, BWV1044
Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV1050
Italian Concerto, BWV971
Partitas Nos. 1-6, BWV825-830

Sonata for Two Pianos & Percussion, BB 115, Sz. 110

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37
Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

Variations on a theme by Haydn for two pianos, Op. 56b 'St Anthony Variations'
Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24
Rhapsodies (2), Op. 79

Ballades Nos. 1-4
Mazurka No. 2 in C sharp minor, Op. 6 No. 2
Mazurka No. 3 in E major, Op. 6 No. 3
Mazurka No. 4 in E flat minor, Op. 6 No. 4
Waltz No. 1 in E flat major 'Grande Valse Brillante', Op. 18
Waltz No. 5 in A flat major, Op. 42
Waltz No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64 No. 2
Étude Op. 10 No. 3 in E major 'Tristesse'
Étude Op. 10 No. 4 in C sharp minor
Nocturne No. 4 in F major, Op. 15 No. 1
Preludes (24), Op. 28

Keyboard Suite, HWV 435 (Chaconne) in G major
Keyboard Suite, HWV 427 in F major
Keyboard Suite, HWV 428 in D minor
Keyboard Suite, HWV 430 in E major 'The Harmonious Blacksmith'

Piano Concerto No. 15 in B flat major, K450
Piano Concerto No. 16 in D major, K451
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K488

Scarlatti, D:
Keyboard Sonata K27 in B minor
Keyboard Sonata K29 in D major
Keyboard Sonata K105 in G major
Keyboard Sonata K206 in E major
Keyboard Sonata K212 in A major
Keyboard Sonata K247 in C sharp minor
Keyboard Sonata K491 in D major
Keyboard Sonata K537 in A major

Fantasie in F minor for piano duet, D940

and Brahms piano works