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Schubert: Impromptus

Franz Schubert , Murray Perahia Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Impromptus, D. 899 (Op. 90): Impromptu No. 1 in C minor. Allegro molto moderato10:14Album Only
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listen  3. Impromptus, D. 899 (Op. 90): Impromptu No. 3 in G-flat Major. Andante 6:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Impromptus, D. 899 (Op. 90): Impromptu No. 4 in A-flat Major. Allegretto 7:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Impromptus, D. 935 (Op. 142): Impromptu No. 1 in F minor. Allegro moderato 9:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  7. Impromptus, D. 935 (Op. 142): Impromptu No. 3 in B-flat Major. Andante10:51Album Only
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  • Performer: Murray Perahia
  • Composer: Franz Schubert
  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CBS / Sony
  • ASIN: B0000025N5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,478 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
Murray Perahia is one of the most lyrical pianists of our time. In his hands, the "Schubert Impromptus" album is quite possibly the definitive interpretation of these equally lyrical piano works by Franz Schubert. His delicate playing of the shifting minor and major keys and modulations makes the listener pause to absorb every nuance and phrasing.
Listen to how he plays the middle part of the Impromptu Op. 90 No. 1 in C-minor and the more popular Impromptu Op. 90 No. 4 in A-Flat. The piano sings at his touch and how! Then there's the Impromptu in G-Flat, my personal favorite and one which I have endeavored hard to play. This is one of the highlights of the album, and Perahia's playing is fantastic. The delicate tone which he coaxes out of the piano is one of sheer beauty.
In my books, Murray Perahia is in the same class as Artur Rubinstein, the definitive interpreter of Chopin. This collection of Schubert Impromptus is a gift from Mr. Perahia to those who know how to appreciate beautiful piano music. I am proud to have this album in my collection.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perahia is magical, but buy the new reissue on BMG July 24, 2006
Format:Audio CD
It gets a bit confusing now that Sony and BMG are merged--these recordings of the eight Schubert Impromptus originaly apeared on Sony in 1990. They were greeted rapturously by critics, and one can immediately hear why. Murray Perhaia was at the absolute peak of his art, giving us a magical blend of alert rhythms, inner vitality, sparkling fingerwork, and an instinctive feeling for Schubert's melodies.

Now you can get these performances ar mid-price on BMG, and the CD is generously filled out (76 min.) with Schubert song transcriptions by Liszt. Those are later recordings, by hwich time Perahia had become tamer an more cautious, but they are still beautifully done.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite of the Impromptus. May 7, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
I own recordings by Brendel, Andras Schiff, and others of the Impromptus. Perahia's recording is still my favorite - honest, direct, sensitive, yet powerful.
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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Schubert's best work ? November 13, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I am going to review the music and not the performance. Unless you're Rubinstein or rachmaninov I find it pointless to criticize a pianist, particularly one as good as Murray Perahia.
I am somewhat biased because i have played these impromptus for a long time, but I've found few other pieces which combine the grace, romance, introspection and simplicity of the impromptus. Op. 90, no. 3 is my favorite. It modulates - and ondulates - from major to minor keys with beautiful bass accents expressing an overall melancholy mood that reminds me of the Andante from Mozart's Piano concerto no. 21 (also available by Perahia) and a Chopin Nocturne, though perhaps expressing more depth than the latter. Schubert unfortunately died in Beethoven's shadow though his music is no less important. Enjoy these hidden treasures of music. i also recommend Schubert's Fantasia for 2 hands (made famous ny the film Sunshine). Wunderschon!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead On! January 9, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I own five other versions but this recording, more than the others, posseses from first note to last a sense of rightness that overshadows the competition. Pehaps Perahia's best single recording.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Schubertian Sound July 31, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Perahia has a great touch, wonderful sound and exquisite phrasing. Brendel's version though not as versatile as Perahia's has an extra flavour, more mature perhaps, more 'Viennese'.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This one is a gem October 10, 2007
By Ming Li
Format:Audio CD
I listened to Murray Perahia play one of the pieces on this CD in person. This CD is one of the best purchases I have made in life.

I am only an amateur music lover and speaking as one. This CD contains some of the most charming and beautiful music ever composed, superbly played by a true master of the piano. Poetic, fluid, pensive, heart-touching, you name it. If you are new to classical music, this will convert you, I guarantee.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Schubert's Impromptus October 3, 2009
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Schubert's Impromptus are among my favourite piano music pieces. Murray perahia is a pianist that I have singled out for years when buying piano music and in this CD he does not disappoint. He has strength and feeling and is not the "athletic" pianist that seem to be the vogue these days. Schubert and Perahia are a combination to savour and enjoy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars It was exactly what we wanted and we love it. Pianist is powerful and...
It was exactly what we wanted and we love it. Pianist is powerful and plays these with a great touch.
Published 2 months ago by Julie Sanborn
5.0 out of 5 stars Schubert Impromtus Perahia
These are among Franz Schubert's greatest piano works and I never tire of them. Murray Perahia does them justice, as he does with just about everything that he records. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Wayne H. Warren Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious Piano
The piano work is impeccable and I can almost
imagine Schubert playing it himself. What a
gift to have these all on one CD.
Published 7 months ago by R. E. Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Listening!
This is a wonderful album! Schubert at his best. Fast delivery. Murray Perahia is a marvelous on the piano playing these impromptus.
Published 9 months ago by Robert W. Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the very finest discs of these magical works
This recording, first issued in 1983, dates from fairly early in Murray Perahia's recording career and it was immediately recognised as something special, a recording by which all... Read more
Published 11 months ago by I. Giles
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply wonderful
I have other recordings of the Impromptus, by fine musicians, but this one does seem to take the prize. Delightful, difficult to imagine a more appropriate performance.
Published 12 months ago by Russ at Village Green
3.0 out of 5 stars IMPROMTUS Schubert
It was for a friend who likes Frantz Shubert. He says he is delighted listen to this piece. I will try to get it from him for a listening some day.
Published 14 months ago by Josy M. Malebranche
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful interpretation.
Loved the interpretation, the crisp and precise piano playing, the melody and harmonic structure of the pieces. Beautiful, expressive music superbly executed.
Published 15 months ago by Amado Gayol
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful
Somebody told me that Perahia re-records passages until he is satisfied. That shows. Even though it was an old recording and maybe people with more sensitive audio equipment may... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Cecilia
4.0 out of 5 stars This is probably the only Perahia CD still in my collection
It will be another two years before all my CDs are cataloged and in my iTunes database, so that I can just type in a search term and find everything instantly (can't wait for that... Read more
Published on December 24, 2011 by The Man in the Hathaway Shirt
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