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24 Etudes [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]

Murray Perahia Audio CD
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In the more than 30 years he has been performing on the concert stage, American pianist Murray Perahia has become one of the most sought-after and cherished pianists of our time, performing in all of the major international music centers and with every leading orchestra. He is the Principal Guest Conductor of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, with whom he has toured as conductor and ... Read more in Amazon's Murray Perahia Store

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  • Audio CD (July 27, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0002J58V0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,659 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 10, CT. 14-25: Étude No. 1 in C Major
2. Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 10, CT. 14-25: Étude No. 2 in A Minor
3. Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 10, CT. 14-25: Étude No. 3 in E Major
4. Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 10, CT. 14-25: Étude No. 4 in C'sharp Minor
5. Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 10, CT. 14-25: Étude No. 5 in G-flat Major 'Black Keys'
6. Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 10, CT. 14-25: Étude No. 6 in E-flat Minor
7. Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 10, CT. 14-25: Étude No. 7 in C Major
8. Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 10, CT. 14-25: Étude No. 8 in F Major
9. Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 10, CT. 14-25: Étude No. 9 in F Minor
10. Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 10, CT. 14-25: Étude No. 10 in A-flat Major
11. Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 10, CT. 14-25: Étude No. 11 in E-flat Major
12. Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 10, CT. 14-25: Étude No. 12 in C Minor 'Revolutionary'
13. Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 25, CT. 26-37: Étude No. 1 in A-flat Major
14. Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 25, CT. 26-37: Étude No. 2 in F Minor
15. Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 25, CT. 26-37: Étude No. 3 in F Major
16. Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 25, CT. 26-37: Étude No. 4 in A Minor
17. Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 25, CT. 26-37: Étude No. 5 in E Minor
18. Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 25, CT. 26-37: Étude No. 6 in G-sharp Minor 'Thirds'
19. Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 25, CT. 26-37: Étude No. 7 in C-sharp Minor
20. Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 25, CT. 26-37: Étude No. 8 in D-flat Major 'Sixths'
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Chopin from Perahia January 27, 2008
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The Seattle Times has stated that pianist Murray Perahia has the "soul of a poet, the mind of a thinker, the hands of a virtuoso..." While he has always been granted an abundance poetry & thoughtfulness concerning the depth of his interpretations at the keyboard, the sheer virtuosity of his technique does not as often get the credit that it deserves. On this Masterworks Expanded Edition of the Chopin Op.10 & Op.25 Etudes, sparks are flying about everywhere, showing the full range of Perahia's technical chops. I had the good fortune of hearing Perahia play the Op.25,#1 & the Op.10,#4 at his return recital at Carnegie Hall this past November. He was brilliant that evening, and he is brilliant here on this Direct Stream Digital Remastered cd. These are among Murray Perahia's finest Chopin performances to date. Now offered with a generous bonus sampling of Chopin Impromtus from earlier Perahia releases, this cd is a top level choice ( and a Grammy Winner in its original release for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance ) from among Perahia's extensive catalog of highly acclaimed recordings. At mid-price, this album is a temptation too inviting to pass up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This disc, well recorded in 2001, received many critical plaudits upon its first issue as here. It entered a fairly competitive market with well regarded recordings made by many of the world's finest Chopin players.

Perahia, sometimes described as the poet of the keyboard, delivers a set of readings on this disc that fit that general description. One is aware of a greater use of light and shade than is often the case. He also makes use of more sparing rubato. Neither of these features is a universal element in terms of these pieces which, at base level, are studies designed to expose and remedy technical flaws.

The etudes are targeted at particular technical issues and it is therefore an implied requirement that tempo should be kept steadier than in other compositions. What Perahia has done on this recording is to broaden the focus to include other musical notions such as phrasing and touch and to do this he has been prepared to be more flexible in terms of basic tempo. Perahia has a considerable technique and that is made clear in a handful of etudes that are played quicker than usual. Thus the listener is able to accept more easily the times when slower or more varied tempi are used as there can be no doubt that such interpretive decisions have been taken regardless of technical competency.

The are other fine versions to consider of course. The Ashkenazy set is possibly the nearest to adopting the closest to the written requirements and to that he adds his own volatile temperament. His disc is available in an excellently remastered version using 24 bit technology. Pollini gives a typically brilliant version but it is arguable that his recording emphasises the aggressive side of his playing which comes over as rather unyielding - almost the opposite of Perahia.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good, solid performance from a well-respected performer December 8, 2007
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When I started learning a few of the etudes myself, I went out looking for a good recording to listen to. This Perahia recording is a good, solid performance from a very respected pianist. While some reviewers have critisized it for lack of emotion, I don't agree. His playing is in no way flat, and I would argue that he doesn't over-dramatize the music as it may be tempting to do. His choices are solid, and his mastery of these pieces is indisputable. I would highly recommend this recording to anyone looking for a good recording of the etudes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very July 7, 2014
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I like and appreciate this album of Chopin's 24 etudes, 3 impromptus, and fantasy-impromptu performed by Murray Perahia.
It is one of my favorite albums of Chopin's music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a happy life December 13, 2013
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i like almost everything Perahia plays, i go to his concert and recital whenever it's available. i've never disappointed, i just love his style.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mind engaging music, magnificent melodies, nice album! November 20, 2013
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An enjoyable album for plentiful music for a lovely, relaxing time. Quality sound and recording, not full of coughing and jerks who go to the show sick or with a giant nose whistle. This pianist is amazing, no flaws, just great music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chopin in grand style! December 29, 2009
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This CD is definitely a "must" for all classical music collectors. Particularly, it addresses to those aficionados who adore Chopin's musical output and consider him a forerunner of the modern piano. Yet, no less this recording is intended to those who instantly succumb to the charms of the unique flavours that compound - by means of his intelligent virtuosity and poetic approach - the renditions of the keyboard genius Murray Perahia.

Whatever he choses to play, but especially in Chopin pages, this tireless musical gold-digger is fond of offering us the very essence of the music he interprets, its deepest meanings and most fascinating facets. For the Chopin Etudes opp. 10 & 25, Perahia conjures up from his marvellous keyboard a stunning palette of feelings such as tender love (op.25, No.7 - "Cello"), despair and melancholy (op.10, No.3 - "Tristesse"), exuberance (op.10, No.5 - "Black Key"), grief, boldness and fury (op.10, No.12 - "Revolutionary"), or natural phenomena such as rain (op.10, No. 4 - "Torrent"), tempest (op.25, No.11 - "Winter wind"), spring aromas (op.25, No.2 - "Balm"), starry sky or big weaves of the ocean (op.25, No.12 - "Ocean").

In other words, through this prize-winning recording, Perahia is sharing with us all that Chopin's music has so uniquely treasured. And - believe me! - he is doing it in grand style!

A welcome bonus are the extra tracks with the 4 Impromptus (from an older recording of Perahia), especially the wonderful Fantasie-Impromptu in C sharp minor op.66, a distinguished jewel concluding a remarkable achievement!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great pianism but often rather faceless
If I could play the Etudes this well -- strictly from a pianistic standpoint -- I'd be very proud of myself. But somehow these performances just don't thrill me. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mark Schilling
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Chopin playing
I have listened to many versions of these masterpieces, including Pollini, Ashkenazy, Lugansky, Megaloff, Garvilov, etc. Read more
Published on September 24, 2012 by YIP Alex
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as Pollini's
This set and Pollini's set of Etudes are my two favorites. The sound quality on this recording is especially excellent. Read more
Published on December 31, 2011 by NPUL
3.0 out of 5 stars Everything is correct but strangely passionless
Long a resident of London, Murray Perahia achieved a "he can do no wrong" status with english critics, and tis 2002 set of Chopin Etudes received Record of the Month from the... Read more
Published on August 19, 2011 by Santa Fe Listener
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest pianistic achievements on record
Chopin Etudes are like Shakespeare plays; they are the yardstick of a performer. Performances of Chopin's Etudes are ubiquitous, and the thousands of recordings of these pieces... Read more
Published on November 24, 2010 by The Bair
5.0 out of 5 stars Where is the fire?
Murray Perahia has been one of my favorite pianists for over thirty years. His technique is stunning, his tone production is beautiful, and it is always a pleasure to listen to him... Read more
Published on November 23, 2009 by Leeber Cohen
5.0 out of 5 stars Murray Perahia Is An Exemplar Of Chopin Tradition!
It is hard to imagine anybody playing such pieces as the Chopin Etudes other than pianist Murray Perahia. Read more
Published on February 7, 2009 by Raymond Vacchino
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