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Murray Perahia Plays Handel & Scarlatti

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 (March 4, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000029UB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,837 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Suite No. 5 In E Major ,HWV 430: Prelude
2. Suite No. 5 In E Major ,HWV 430: Allemande
3. Suite No. 5 In E Major ,HWV 430: Courante
4. Suite No. 5 In E Major ,HWV 430: Air (With 5 Variations; Harmonious Blacksmith)
5. Chaconne In G Major, HWV 428
6. Suite No. 3 In D Minor, HWV 428: Prelude
7. Suite No. 3 In D Minor, HWV 428: Allegro (Fugue)
8. Suite No. 3 In D Minor, HWV 428: Allemande
9. Suite No. 3 In D Minor, HWV 428: Courante
10. Suite No. 3 In D Minor, HWV 428: Air (With 5 Variations)
11. Suite No. 3 In D Minor, HWV 428: Presto
12. Suite No. 2 In F Major ,HWV 427: Adagio
13. Suite No. 2 In F Major ,HWV 427: Allegro
14. Suite No. 2 In F Major ,HWV 427: Adagio
15. Suite No. 2 In F Major ,HWV 427: Allegro (Fugue)
16. Sonata In D Major K. 491
17. Sonata In B Minor K. 27
18. Sonata In C-sharp Minor K. 247
19. Sonata In D Major K. 29
20. Sonata In A Major K. 537
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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A welcome change. February 11, 1999
Format:Audio CD
With this excellent release, Murray Perahia extends his recorded repertoire into the Baroque, exhibiting his usual thoughtfulness and sensitivity.
These are all more or less familiar works by now, having been recorded by the likes of Richter, Gould, Jarrett, Gilbert, and others. The Handel Suites have perhaps not quite the sophistication of the French and English Suites of J. S. Bach, but these charming essays are certainly worthy of repeated attention and do allow a wide range of interpretations.
Perahia has a cultivated and elegant tone, and generally takes a relaxed approach to the material, with an occasional tendency to rush at the codas. His interpretations emphasise the melodic over the rhythmic, and his fine technique seems at times to make the rough places smooth. Richter has a very different view of these pieces and brings out a rough and craggy side of these works which is not hinted at here.
The second half of the program consists of seven sonatas by Scarlatti. It begins with one of the best known of the 550 or so in Kirkpatrick's catalog. Kk. 491 is nicely played, with a good sense of the contrasts and lines.
A less familiar minor-key sonata, Kk. 27, is for me the high point of the recital. It is played with a lovely legato, subtle shading and measured dynamics. Perahia uses decrescendo to great effect here. The harmonic complexity of this piece seems to foreshadow Beethoven. This is one of the most subtle and interesting of Scarlatti's works.
Kk. 29 is given a very lively reading, even a little rushed, and could be presented with more contrast between the sections. In Kk. 206, Perahia employs a gentle, singing tone to good effect.
The intelligent sequence in which these sonatas are presented enhances the pleasure of listening. Overall this is a brilliant and very enjoyable foray into the Baroque from one of the masters. Highly recommended.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If I could give it 6 stars I would December 6, 2003
Format:Audio CD
After spending about two weeks scouring for this CD, i finally managed to grab the only copy available from my local Tower Records store before deciding to order from as a last resort. I took this for a listen one night to perhaps have a little light soothing music before going to sleep, and it turned out that this CD kept me awake all night long.
In the opening Prelude (track 1) of Handel's Suite No. 5, the left hand comes in with just an ordinary single melodic line, but it is when the right hand comes in that the magic and enchantment begins, with the Allemande (track 2), Courante (track 3) and Air (track 4) following shortly. And it is at this point where I was captivated by not only Murray Perahia's playing but the shape and flow of the music. I knew that more was to come, and indeed, the Chaconne in G (track 5) blew me away totally, with breathtaking lyricism, beautiful contrapuntal weavings, flawless technique, controlled structural balance and startling virtuosity. All i could do was stare at my stereo while the CD spins and worship the sublimity of sound that was emanating from the speakers. This is baroque as I have never heard before.
By the end of the 8-minute Chaconne I found myself at a total loss for words. And this is only the 5th track out of 22. I'm finding it hard to describe in words the section with the bass octaves and running right-hand passages. Just take a listen to it and you'll see what I mean. I'll be searching for the Chaconne score the moment I have free time to spare. Needless to say the following tracks are equally brilliant. Unforgettable are the Air from Suite No. 3 (track 10) and Allegro from Suite No. 2 (track 13), my personal favourites alongside the Chaconne.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Master Pianist October 1, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Over the years I have compiled a list of pianists I want to be sure to hear in concert before I die. At the top of the list of remaining pianists yet unheard is Murray Perahia. He is, for me, possibly the most talented, most musical, most elegant pianist before the public. What, I asked myself, do I have to add to the sixteen reviews of this disc thus far submitted? Well, probably nothing startling. But I felt I needed to add my praise and a few comments about this essential disc.

The first, I suppose, is that I feel this disc IS essential. For anyone interested in baroque keyboard music this release (along with the other Bach and Handel discs Perahia has made) shows us how a modern pianist, using modern techniques and performance practices, has much to say about this so-familiar music. Of course, Perahia has a perfected technique. His left hand is possibly the best I've ever heard. Just listen to the incredibly fast runs, inflected on the fly, in some of the fast movements presented here (as in the presto variation of the 'Harmonious Blacksmith,' for instance). Nobody else has as fluid a legato or rounded tone as Perahia. His feather-light staccatos at breakneck speed are breathtaking. In the G minor Chaconne of Handel the left hand octaves ring out like a 16-foot organ pedal stop. And on and on. All of this is the service of elegance, grace and rich yet crystalline sonority. When drama is called for, it's there.

The extensive, admiring booklet notes, written by the late, great harpsichordist (and no mean pianist himself) Igor Kipnis, capture what is unique about Perahia.

This disc belongs on every musiclover's shelf.

Scott Morrison
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars CD's all the way!
Great music, great price! Why would you buy an MP3 album when, for the same price, you can get a hard copy in high resolution, AND the ability to make both high resolution digital... Read more
Published 1 month ago by SRT10
4.0 out of 5 stars Good recording, poor production
Would prefer all Handel as there are many more Handel sonatas worth recording.
Do not like omnibus recordings at all.
Published 4 months ago by Wes Jaeger
5.0 out of 5 stars repeat purchase
I wore out my other copy and had to buy a replacement. I play it and play it and play it.
Published 6 months ago by aline soules
5.0 out of 5 stars Perahia's finest hour?
Perahia has always been the subtlest, most delicate and nuanced of pianists, able to execute runs on either hand with the utmost suavity and brilliance even at pianissimo. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ralph Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars glorious music and performance
This is as close to perfection as an artist can attain with his instrument, technique, tonal colors, expressiveness and stylistic integrity. Read more
Published 10 months ago by herman joseph
5.0 out of 5 stars Solo Classical Piano
Very relaxing... perfect for day to day work background - a variety of music in this particular genre. I'm looking for more now.
Published 13 months ago by Steve C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Wonderful performances of music written centuries ago (no doubt for harpsichord) and not in the standard repertoire. A pleasure to hear.
Published 21 months ago by larry j gerstein
5.0 out of 5 stars Is this Perahia's best recording?
I own over a dozen Perahia CD's and I've been pleased by almost everything he has to offer, but there's something even more special than usual about this CD. Read more
Published on September 3, 2011 by Andrew R. Barnard
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have
I have no musical training; but I love Baroque chamber music.
This CD brings me joy to hear Mr. Perahia. Read more
Published on March 2, 2011 by Buck
5.0 out of 5 stars Perahia at his Best
This Cd contains a number of short piano selections by two of the finest composers for keyboard of the baroque, Handel and Scarlatti. Read more
Published on July 1, 2010 by Doug - Haydn Fan
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