Bach: Keyboard Concertos Nos. 1, 2 & 4

Bach: Keyboard Concertos Nos. 1, 2 & 4

by Murray Perahia
     
 

Murray Perahia began recording Bach's music only recently, and for that development we should all be grateful. Renowned for his graceful, limpid performances of Mozart and the Romantic piano repertoire, in recent years Perahia, who suffered a serious hand injury, has delved whole-heartedly into the less physically taxing world of Bach,See more details below

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Murray Perahia began recording Bach's music only recently, and for that development we should all be grateful. Renowned for his graceful, limpid performances of Mozart and the Romantic piano repertoire, in recent years Perahia, who suffered a serious hand injury, has delved whole-heartedly into the less physically taxing world of Bach, delivering his distinctive take on the six English Suites and a Grammy-nominated reading of the Goldberg Variations. This time out he turns away from Bach's solo keyboard music and joins the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in performances of three of the Baroque master's concertos for keyboard and orchestra. All the hallmarks we have come to expect from a Perahia performance are here: delicacy of touch, beauty of tone, and a degree of musical refinement that is rarely heard. As in his cycle of the Mozart piano concertos, Perahia conveys emphasis through understatement, through the just-so placement of a note. Here the concertos are all consistently well performed, with a finely calibrated balance between orchestra and piano. The slow middle movements, however, best highlight Perahia's singular melodic touch through lovely, fluid playing of Bach at his lyrical best. The orchestra, taking its cues from Perahia, who conducts at the piano, accompanies with sensitivity and finesse to match. For those purists who disdain hearing Bach performed on the piano (the instrument as we know it did not exist in his day): If Perahia can't win you over, no one can. For those who need no convincing, you'll find the pianist once again in fine form and, like this listener, will eagerly await the next Bach installment.

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Editorial Reviews

Gramophone - Rob Cowan
As soloist, Perahia is his usual stylish, discreet and pianistically refined self. He takes the D minor Concerto's opening at a fair lick, a hot-foot sprinter embellishing the line with taste and effecting a little ritardando...à la Edwin Fischer... His command of colour is as striking here as it was on his recent CD of the Goldberg Variations...especially in the Adagio, which approaches cantorial heights of intensity.
International Record Review - Jed Distler
Yet another extraordinary Bach release [from Perahia].... One hardly knows where to start describing these joyous, sophisticated, richly detailed and utterly musical renditions.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/13/2001
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998924529
catalogNumber:
89245
Rank:
29406

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  1. Harpsichord Concerto No. 1 in D minor (or for 2 oboes & organ or for violin) BWV 1052  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields  - David Miller  - David Miller  - Murray Perahia  - Murray Perahia  - Giulio Turturro
  2. Harpsichord Concerto No. 2 in E major (or for oboe d'amore in F major) BWV 1053  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields  - David Miller  - David Miller  - Murray Perahia  - Murray Perahia  - Giulio Turturro
  3. Harpsichord Concerto No. 4 in A major (or for oboe d'amore) BWV 1055  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields  - David Miller  - David Miller  - Murray Perahia  - Murray Perahia  - Giulio Turturro

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