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Aldeburgh Recital

Murray Perahia Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Thirty Two Variations On An Original Theme, WoO 8010:32Album Only
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listen  7. No. 12 - Mesto from Hungarian Rhapsody (S. 244, R. 106) 9:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Consolation No. 3 (S. 172, R. 12) 4:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
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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 (January 18, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00000279L
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Live Recital May 24, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the most incredible live performances I've ever heard, plain and simple. The Beethoven variations are crisp and propulsive, an excellent opener to the program. Schumann's Carnival Jest is not my favorite piece, but Perahia performs it flawlessly.

The Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12 is the highlight of the disc - this is a work of staggering technical difficulty, and I'll be damned if I can find a single mistake. Perahia handles the crashing fortissimos and quiet delicacies with equal aplomb, and his wide trills (a favorite of Liszt) are perfect. This is one of the few pieces which still reliably gives me shivers.

The Consolation acts as a nice let-down from the bravura of the Rhapsody - it's like a Chopin nocturne, but with a little more sugar and a little less melodic inventiveness. As for the Rachmaninoff Etudes-Tableaux, they are played marvelously. No. 2 in C is spooky in its cross-rhythms and modal ambiguity, and Perahia's performance of No. 5 in E-flat minor, probably the most musically profound of them all, is my favorite on record.

Overall, an excellent CD well worth buying.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of numerous Perahia's disks February 21, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
I think this is the best recording of numerous Perahia's disks. As it's a live recording, we can listen to how he plays in front of live audiences. His performance here is much more lively and spontaneous than his studio recordings. In particular, his performance of Beethoven's "32 variations" is the best performance recorded so far.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous February 26, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is a terrific recital. It is virtually flawless technically and musically it lives up to Perahia's well earned reputation a great musician first. So I second the sentiments of the previous reviewers. I would recommend folks to seek out the video recording also made in the Maltings, Snape - home of the Aldburgh Festival and longtime residence of Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears. Its is a object lesson in how economically the greatest pianists play.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the best solo cd Perahia has ever done February 23, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Pianist Murray Perahia's "The Aldeburgh Recital," recorded at the Snape Maltings Concert Hall in 1989, is perhaps the finest compact disc of solo works that the he has ever released. This cd is stellar in every way, from the extraordinary sound to the impeccable virtuosity that will surely take your very breath away.
The rich & varied program features works from two of Perahia's favorite composers, Robert Schumann and Ludwig Von Beethoven. He is very much in his element with works of Schumann & Beethoven, giving a superb performance of the former's Carnival Jest from Vienna, Op. 26, and the best reading of the 32 Variations for Piano in C-minor by LVB that I have ever heard. I would have expected nothing less from Perahia in pieces by two of the most iconic composers in the history of classical piano literature.
As stupendous as the Schumann & Beethoven selections are, the real treasures on this cd come from the works of Franz Liszt & Sergei Rachmaninov that fill the remainder of the disc. Murray Perahia has not often recorded the works of Liszt, which is quite a shame. He has a flare for the composer's music that the listener might not have anticipated, given the pianist's close association with music Beethoven, Schumann, Schubert & Mozart. Perahia displays a rakish charm in the Hungarian Rhapsodie No. 12 that brought a wide & enthusiastic smile to my face. Who knew Murray Perahia could be so dashing!
As fine as all of the other playing on "the Aldeburgh Recital" is, by far the highest accolades belong to Perahia's stunning perfomances of Rachmaninov's Etudes Tableaux, Op. 32, No.2, in C-Major & Op. 39, No.5 in E-flat Minor, No.6, in A-minor and No. 9, in D-Major.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece! April 23, 2000
By Gorky
Format:Audio CD
I fully agree with the music fan from Minneapolis, this CD is certainly one of the best recorded by Perrahia and for many reasons: the variety of the program in this life concert, some unequivalent interpretation of Liszt, actually with Brendel or Zimerman. The R.Shumann Carnival inimitable, and the interpretation talent shown in Etudes Tableaux of Rachmaninov have nothing to envy the others like Horowitz or Ashkenazy. The Listz rapsody: amazing! fan of Horowitz, Cziffra: listen this version, we may only regret that Murray did not record yet the Complete Rapsodies....The Consolation in D major is a regal when you have a pianist of a delicate touch. For the Beethoven Variations i have nothing to add to our other customer rewiewer... I have more than a dozen of CD with Perrahia and this one is presently my favourite. The sound is excellent, concert was recorded in 1989 and in DDD.
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