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  • Audio CD (July 19, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: SONY CLASSICS
  • ASIN: B004EU7WBC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,110 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Keyboard Concerto No. 4 in A Major, BWV 1055; I. Allegro (Instrumental)
2. Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV 1052; I. Allegro (Instrumental)
3. Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV 1052; II. Adagio
4. Keyboard Concerto No. 4 in A Major, BWV 1055; II. Larghetto (Instrumental)
5. Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV 1052; III. Allegro (Instrumental)
6. Keyboard Concerto No. 4 in A Major, BWV 1055; III. Allegro ma non tanto
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Disc: 2
1. Keyboard Concerto No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056; I. (Allegro)
2. Keyboard Concerto No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056; II. Largo
3. Keyboard Concerto No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056; III. Presto
4. Concerto for Harpsichord and Orchestra No. 6 in F Major, BWV 1057; I. (without tempo indication)
5. Keyboard Concerto No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1054; I. (Allegro)
6. Concerto for Harpsichord and Orchestra No. 6 in F Major, BWV 1057; II. Andante
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Disc: 3
1. Concerto for flute, violin, harpsichord, BWV 1044; I. Allegro
2. Concerto for flute, violin, harpsichord, BWV 1044; II. Adagio ma non tanto e dolce
3. Concerto for flute, violin, harpsichord, BWV 1044; III. Tempo di Alla breve
4. Brandenburg Concerto No 5, BWV 1050; I. Allegro
5. Brandenburg Concerto No 5, BWV 1050; II. Affetuoso
6. Brandenburg Concerto No 5, BWV 1050; III. Allegro
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Editorial Reviews

What puts Murray Perahia in the very top league of Bach players is his capacity for releasing the sheer, overwhelming spirit of Bach's music the irrepressible and infectious vitality, the ever present and equally contagious sense of dance, with its jubilant physicality and irresistible momentum, the rapturous lyricism, the sensuous love music. This specially priced, 3-CD set contains all of Perahia's Bach concerto best sellers. Available in a limited edition digipak with new liner notes by Jeremy Siepmann.

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By P. Adrian on December 5, 2011
This 3CD-box set is a budget price assembly of older recordings signed by the great keyboard virtuoso Murray Perahia in the company of his wonderful London players from Academy of St Martin in the Fields. I had the rare chance to listen to Murray Perahia performing - as soloist and conductor - along with these wonderful musicians two years ago, in September 2009, during the XIXth edition of the "George Enescu" International Festival in Bucharest. I must confess that there is a magic fluid moving on stage when they play together, a special communion of thoughts and feelings translated masterfully into sound and finally into artistic joy. Perahia, as usual, is an accomplished pianist, but when he conducts from the keyboard he becomes a demiurge. He recreates worlds of uplifting and joyful consistency. Carefully with the smallest detail of the score, interested in the finest nuance of each instrument and devoted to the pure musical beauty, Perahia is very selective with regard to the repertory to be performed. He seems not attracted by arid musical abstractions, loving only the meaningful and heart-felted music. That's why he devoted a long time in his career to a fruitful foray into the realm simply named Johann Sebastian Bach. Of course, there are a lot of great composers such as Chopin, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Scarlatti, Schubert, Mendelssohn or Schumann in his repertory, but chiefly Bach. He returns time and again to this rich source of musical truths. Partitas, English Suites, Goldberg Variations, Italian Concerto - all stand in Perahia's recital programs (live or recorded), on equal footing with keyboard concertos, his subtle pianism ensuring both the reliable foundation of the proceedings and the robust bridge towards the orchestral textures.

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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By G.C. on October 9, 2011
This 3-CD set is a repackaging of the 3 separate CDs that Murray Perahia recorded in the early 2000's for Sony Classical, featuring the 7 keyboard concertos, the Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, the Concerto for Flute, Violin and keyboard (BWV 1044), and one solo keyboard work, the Italian Concerto in F (BWV 971). The first thing that should be said is that if you are wedded to the idea of J.S. Bach's music as best performed on period instruments, with minimal vibrato and tuned at lower pitch, and with a harpsichord instead of a piano as the keyboard instrument, this set is not for you. (FWIW, I tend to favor Bach on period instruments.) In that sense, these recordings are a kind of a "throwback" to a time of Bach performance before the HIP/period instrument movement took over the baroque and classical eras. Murray Perahia obviously uses a piano throughout, the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields is obviously a modern instrument ensemble, and vibrato is not banished from the ensemble.

However, with that said, if you're a fan of Murray Perahia or are otherwise generally open to the idea of J.S. Bach done in this "throwback" style, this set is very enjoyable on its own terms. His performances are generally quite straightforward, no fuss or muss, no pulling of tempo about. While vibrato isn't banished, it's not particularly laid on with a trowel either. Even though all the instruments are "modern", and the instrumental textures do feel "weightier" than a period instrument band would sound, the performances generally don't have that sense of stereotypical "heaviness" that one might associate with modern instruments and Bach performances of the era of Mengelberg and Stokowski.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sonata impressiva on December 23, 2013
free but not romantic. personal but respectful. It is amazing how Perahia could bring out surprise from a regular note of music...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Mazzatenta on March 29, 2014
Perahia is very careful with the melodic lines; his articulation really makes the piano sing. Furthermore, there is an almost supernatural synergy between him and the accompanying musicians. You can't ask for too much more. The ornamentation is more subtle than overdone; I'd call this more expressive of personal character than wrong. Looking at the sheet music, and commentary from the Baroque, one would expect more embellishment, but I don't think there's anything wrong with the playing. As for being on non-period instruments -- irrelevant; Bach transposed and orchestrated many of the same pieces for different instruments and different settings. It's a matter of opinion of course, but I think this recording is quite beautiful.
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