Chopin: Études

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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
Thousands of piano études or studies were written in the 19th century, though you probably wouldn't want to hear the vast majority of them, as they offer precious little interest to the listener. Chopin's études, on the other hand, are as fascinating and beautiful as anything he composed, and they require a pianist with a profound poetic sensibility as well as fingers of uncommon strength and flexibility. Murray Perahia is just the man for the job, and this recording of all 24 études gathered together in two sets, Op. 10 and Op. 25 has been eagerly awaited by pianophiles for many years. Perahia takes what might be described as a Classical approach, eschewing ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
Thousands of piano études or studies were written in the 19th century, though you probably wouldn't want to hear the vast majority of them, as they offer precious little interest to the listener. Chopin's études, on the other hand, are as fascinating and beautiful as anything he composed, and they require a pianist with a profound poetic sensibility as well as fingers of uncommon strength and flexibility. Murray Perahia is just the man for the job, and this recording of all 24 études gathered together in two sets, Op. 10 and Op. 25 has been eagerly awaited by pianophiles for many years. Perahia takes what might be described as a Classical approach, eschewing conspicuous rubato rhythmic freedom for a taut melodic line and clarity of voicing. Yet, paradoxically perhaps, this disciplined style of playing shows just how forward-looking Chopin's music was; some of its pages seem only a step away from Debussy. Not since Maurizio Pollini DG has there been such a compelling recording of these amazing miniatures.
All Music Guide - James Leonard
Is this disc really necessary? With spectacular recordings of Chopin's etudes by Horowitz, Richter, Moravec, and Pollini readily available, is a new recording by Murray Perahia really necessary? Except for fans of the pianist, probably not: the poetic Perahia has nothing new to add to the already profoundly poetic performances of Moravec and Richter, and the virtuoso Perahia cannot compete with the astonishing virtuosity of Horowitz or Pollini. And while fans of the pianist will be gratified by Perahia's beauty of tone and astounded by his jaw-dropping virtuosity, not even they would be able to say that Perahia's very fine recording is in the same league as the sublime Horowitz, Richter, Moravec, or Pollini recordings. For collectors of Murray Perahia, a collector of Chopin's etudes, or a collector of any recent pianists' interpretations of standard repertoire, this disc may be necessary. But the less-avid listener is directed to the recordings of Horowitz, Richter, Moravec, or Pollini.
New York Times - Anthony Tommasini
[Perahia's] playing is bracing, risky, almost wild.... Finally, though, Mr. Perahia can't prevent his poetic sensitivity from coming through. Lovely nuances and supple lyricism enhance his accounts of étude after étude.
BBC Music Magazine - Adrian Jack
Murray Perahia has waited a long time to record the two complete sets of Chopin studies and the wait has certainly been worth it.... His intentions are clear in the very first Study, where he brings a sense of awareness to the bass as the guiding intelligence behind the brilliant figuration in the right hand and, overall, unusually expressive variations of volume.

[Perahia's] playing is bracing, risky, almost wild.... Finally, though, Mr. Perahia can't prevent his poetic sensitivity from coming through. Lovely nuances and supple lyricism enhance his accounts of étude after étude.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/17/2002
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646188521
  • Catalog Number: 61885
  • Sales rank: 49,400

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Etude for piano in C major, Op. 10/1, CT. 14 - Frédéric Chopin & Murray Perahia (1:59)
  2. 2 Etude for piano in A flat major, Op. 25/1, CT. 26 - Frédéric Chopin & Murray Perahia (2:15)
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Murray Perahia Primary Artist
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