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Chopin: Etudes, Op. 10 & Op. 25

Frederyk Chopin , Murray Perahia Audio CD
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  • Performer: Murray Perahia
  • Composer: Frederyk Chopin
  • Audio CD (September 17, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • Run Time: 56 minutes
  • ASIN: B00006JKG8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,478 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Etude No.1 In C Major
2. Etude No.2 In A Minor
3. Etude No.3 In E Major
4. Etude No.4 In C-Sharp Minor
5. Etude No.5 In G-Flat Major 'Black Keys'
6. Etude No.6 In E-Flat Minor
7. Etude No.7 In C Major
8. Etude No.8 In F Major
9. Etude No.9 In F Minor
10. Etude No.10 In A-Flat Major
11. Etude No.11 In E-Flat Major
12. Etude No.12 In C Minor 'Revolutionary'
13. Etude No.1 In A-Flat Major
14. Etude No.2 In F Minor
15. Etude No.3 In F Major
16. Etude No.4 In A Minor
17. Etude No.5 In E Minor
18. Etude No.6 In G-Sharp Minor 'Thirds'
19. Etude No.7 In C-Sharp Minor
20. Etude No.8 In D-Flat Major 'Sixths'
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Editorial Reviews

Through channeling his intelligent virtuosity toward musical ends, Murray Perahia reveals the distinctive voice of each Chopin Étude, rather than imposing a "one style fits all" aesthetic upon the music. His easy mastery of the right-hand double-note challenges of Op. 10 No. 7 and Op. 25 Nos. 6 & 8 and the taxing rotary patterns of the famous "Black Key" and "Winter Wind" études enable him to clarify their significant left-hand component. Note, too, the "Octave" étude's long-lined ebb and flow, or a sharper, more aggressive C-sharp Minor, Op. 10 No. 4, than the one Perahia recorded in the early 1990s. But his unusually brisk take on the E-flat minor (Op. 10 No. 6) trivializes the music's aching harmonic tension, and the two C Minor Études (including the "Revolutionary") are a shade inhibited compared with the unbridled bravura of the versions by György Cziffra (Philips) and Juana Zayas (Music & Arts). These quibbles, however, should not prevent piano lovers from experiencing Perahia's well-considered and superbly engineered interpretations of the oft-recorded masterpieces. --Jed Distler

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary, Exciting, and Inspiring... June 15, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The previous review panning Perahia's Chopin Etudes proves there is always someone who will write anything to be contrarian.

Murray Perahia's performance of the Etudes has ALL the technical finesse of Pollini and ALL the musicality of Cortot's cycle. For those who doubt this, just listen to the incredibly balanced right hand arpeggios in the first Etude of Op. 10, the fiery octaves of the B Minor Etude, and the perfect passsagework in the A Minor from Op. 25. Beyond a doubt, the pianist is fully recovered from the thumb injury he suffered in the 1990s. Yet with Perahia, unlike some pianists, technique is never an end in itself, and the quieter Etudes feature the beautiful, natural phrasing we have come to expect from this artist (and Perahia is a true artist, not a mere mechanicus like Cziffra). In other words, this is one of the few sets of Etudes that sustains interest through the slow pieces, not just the fast ones.

Sony's sound is also absolutely first rate, which of course cannot be said for Cortot's set which originated on 78RPM discs. One minor complaint, why didn't Sony persuade Perahia to also record the Trois Nouvelles Etudes?
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Harmonic World of Chopin's Etudes September 26, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I very much appreciated the previous two customer reviews of Perahia's Chopin "Etudes". As always, Mr. Perahia is very concerned about the harmonic structure of a piece - the direction of the harmony. Most remarkably, I thought, in Opus 10, Number 1, he delineated the melodic and harmonic structures in the left hand while beatifully spinning out the right hand writing with seeminly effortless control and lyricism. I have listened to this recording every day since I purchased it, and each time I am
amazed as I hear "new" harmonic progressions beautifully balanced by the right hand "melody". Murray Perahia is not just a great pianist; for me, he is also an inspiring teacher who has opened to me the world of structure and form, deeply enhancing my understanding of great music. Glorious!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent performance! April 7, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is the first Perahia's cd i buy and all i can say is that he's a great virtuoso. I've listened to many pianists on these pieces and Perahia's recording is one of the best. His performance is excellent and the sound quality is superb. Maybe his rendition of the "Revolutionary" Etude is different from other great standards...quite strange. Anyway Murray Perahia's playing on the entire cd is very fluent and balanced. Just great! For other beautiful versions check out: Boris Berezovsky, Andrei Gavrilov, Juana Zayas and Jean-Frédéric Neuburger.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great cd September 27, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Even if you already own a copy of someone else playing Chopin Etudes, I urge you to consider getting a copy of Perahia's interpretation.
One often heard criticism of Perahia is that he is predictable, and therefore boring. Nothing could be farther from the truth in this recording. While you can predict which note comes next, the interpretation is fresh, and an absolute delight to listen to.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Murray "P for Perfect" Perahia strikes again October 28, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The Chopin Etudes have daunted many pianists with their technical demands. Even Artur Rubenstein admitted to being scared of them, and avoided playing them for years.
So it is with great courage that Murray Perahia approaches these pieces, and the result is phenomenal. He not only plays them as if they were the easiest things in the world; he also makes musical statements.
All of the etudes are played so remarkably, that it's difficult to pick just a few as highlights. I'll venture to say, though, that technically, the best performance is the "Study in Thirds" Etude (Op. 25, No. 6). His performance on this CD is very similar to the one I heard him give in concert at the Kennedy Center this April. You get the impression that he must have three hands, in order to play such effortless, flowing thirds.
And from a musical standpoint, I deem the Op. 10, No. 3 Etude to be the best. He's recorded it before, but this performance is more polished and musically mature.
Perhaps the only slight disappointment is his interpretation of the "Revolution" Etude (Op. 10, No. 12), which is a bit too subtle for my tastes.
Overall, an outstanding recording. Bravo!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dashing, lyrical etudes, even if the fire is absent August 12, 2010
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I don't think I know of any other pianist who can play with as much lightness of tone as Murray Perahia. His God-given talent enables him to makes it sound as if though his music is floating. In addition, he has a technique that enables him to run technical passages with such fluency that it can sound almost like a breeze of notes. But, like all musicians, there are some things that don't come easily for Perahia. Perahia's challenge is delivering heroic grandeur, something that one should want in these etudes. In the etudes that require punch and heavy drama, Perahia will inevitably sound as if though his limits are being pushed. The form in which this comes is often a harshness of tone that almost seems to belie his gift of sensitivity. I guess none of us are perfect. So, my complaint with this album is its lack of any kind of fire, anything intense. In such etudes as the "Revolutionary", there is not much revolution to boot. I would love to go away with renewed passion after listening to such ground-breaking works, but I just don't get it here.

But perhaps I'm being a bit unfair to a pianist who had just recovered from a serious hand injury. This isn't playing that fails to arouse any kind of emotion. I'm actually surprised how flawlessly strong his technique is; his hand injury hasn't caused any kind of technical setbacks. And while this disc lacks throbbing excitement, it is full of hair-rising virtuosic playing--playing that pulls out lots of detail. Some of the etudes are more suited to this approach than others; Perahia's approach seems to work the best with the 5th etude, the "Black Key". The sheer thrill of hearing these etudes played with such ease makes this CD worth the listen.

So, despite its setbacks, this is a fine album. It just doesn't stand up near the top of the list of Perahia's achievements, a pianist who elsewhere sends me into raves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A symphony of etudes
After an outing into the works of the old Bach, Perahia is back in repertoire that to me better suits his personal balance between sonics and structure. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Quinton Fox
5.0 out of 5 stars Perahia succeeds in turning these technical challenges into primarily...
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Published 7 months ago by I. Giles
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I am not an expert but very much liked listening to the Chopin Etudes played by the pianist Murray Perahia.
Published 13 months ago by Walk Around
5.0 out of 5 stars Further joy
Having listened in awe to many of Murray Perahia's other recordings, I looked forward to further deep spiritual satisfaction from this matchless musician. I was not disappointed. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Rosamunde
5.0 out of 5 stars In Amazon purchase of the Etudes, Perahia combines superb musicanship...
Murray Perahia's performance of the Chopin's etudes is a dream. He combines superb musicianship with flawless technique. Each etude becomes a musical experience within itself. Read more
Published on December 9, 2010 by suefein
5.0 out of 5 stars Chopin in grand style!
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... Read more
Published on April 21, 2010 by P. Adrian
5.0 out of 5 stars Delectable
I am not musician and this CD was my introduction to solo piano music. After a few listens as background music at my friend's house I was hooked. Read more
Published on March 24, 2008 by mcgalaxy
5.0 out of 5 stars A definitive recording
This is a CD that I return to over and over again. Perahia's execution of these fiendishly difficult works is flawless and impeccable. Read more
Published on March 12, 2008 by Josiah Armes
3.0 out of 5 stars Lacking emotional impact
Here is a CD with brilliant technique and an emphasis on structure. However, as with other Perahia CD's, I find these readings to be emotionally detached. Try Rubinstein or Biret. Read more
Published on June 2, 2007 by Victor Rodriguez Viera
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Interpretations
As a former piano major I can assure those who would purchase this disc that it is well worth it. Reminiscent (dare I say it?) of Horowitz.
Published on January 16, 2007 by Joseph L. Famulary
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