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Murray Perahia Plays Bach
     

Murray Perahia Plays Bach

by Murray Perahia
 
Murray Perahia has already recorded two highly acclaimed CDs of Bach's keyboard concertos [volume one, volume two], to which this disc is an unexpected but most welcome addendum. The "Triple" Concerto for flute, violin, and clavier is rarely played on modern instruments these days,

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Murray Perahia has already recorded two highly acclaimed CDs of Bach's keyboard concertos [volume one, volume two], to which this disc is an unexpected but most welcome addendum. The "Triple" Concerto for flute, violin, and clavier is rarely played on modern instruments these days, though it sounds marvelously rich here. Perahia maintains a light touch in the chordal passages, allowing for maximum clarity, and he molds the contrapuntal lines with great care to create flowing, pearly melodic strands. The central Adagio is breathtaking in its delicacy, the lyrical polyphony of the solo instruments accompanied by the pluck of pizzicato strings, and Perahia begins the finale with similar gracefulness to create a magical transition. The more sinewy textures of the Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 would normally allow for piano playing of greater robustness, but again Perahia is wondrously restrained. Only in the mammoth first movement cadenza does he allow himself to dig in a little. The "Italian" Concerto, a solo work, serves as a luxurious encore. Perahia gives a surprisingly sober and streamlined account of the opening Allegro, and the aria-like andante is held similarly taut, emphasizing the vocal quality of the right hand's long-breathed, sinuous melody. In the finale, Perahia conveys the music's joyfulness with quiet humor and a rare sense of rapture that carries one along from first note to last. Exquisite.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times - James R. Oestreich
The "Brandenburg" performance is a delightful throwback, revisiting a distant past when the piano was still standard in the harpsichord part and Romantic phrasings and dynamic shifts were still liberally applied. Bach's A minor Concerto for Flute, Violin and Keyboard (BWV 1044) fills out the disc in like fashion.
Gramophone - Rob Cowan
[December 2003 CD of the Month] As on previous Perahia Bach concerto recordings, the overriding impression is of intelligence, sensitivity and drama tempered by humility -- Bach's and Perahia's.... This CD strikes me as exceptional. The recorded sound is full and forward.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/07/2003
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998732629
catalogNumber:
87326

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  1. Concerto for flute, violin, harpsichord & strings in A minor ("Triple"), BWV 1044
  2. Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050
  3. Italian Concerto for keyboard solo in F major, BWV 971

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