Murray Perahia

Biography

Born: April 19, 1947; USA  
In a field in which each season heralds the arrival of new "talents" who are soon forgotten, pianist Murray Perahia has remained a reliable and immensely gifted presence on the international scene for more than three decades. Perahia began his music studies at the age of five with lessons from Jeanette Haien, who remained his teacher until he was well into his teens. In 1964 Perahia entered the Mannes College of Music in New York, where he Read more studied composition and conducting; though both endeavors remained secondary to his career as a pianist, the latter proved particularly useful when, decades later, Perahia conducted and recorded a complete cycle of Mozart's piano concerti from the keyboard. Perahia pursued further piano studies with Artur Balsam and Mieczyslaw Horszowski. He also attended the Marlboro Festival in Vermont, which brought him into contact and collaboration with such artists as Rudolf Serkin, Pablo Casals, and the Budapest Quartet.

In 1968 Perahia made his Carnegie Hall debut to much acclaim, and his concert career blossomed in short order. He made headlines in 1972 by taking top honors at the prestigious Leeds Piano Competition, the first American to do so--and, no less, by unanimous decision. Perahia's success at Leeds led to his London recital debut at Queen Elizabeth Hall in 1973. Later that year he appeared at the Aldeburgh Festival, where he worked closely with the festival's founders, Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears. After Britten's declining health made it impossible for him to continue as Pears' accompanist, Perahia became one of Pears' frequent and favorite recital partners. In 1975 Perahia shared with cellist Lynn Harrell the first Avery Fisher Prize, intended to aid in the development of the most promising American musical careers. In 1981 he was appointed co-artistic director of the Aldeburgh Festival, a position he retained through 1989.

Perahia is often described as a "musician's musician," one who does not adopt a virtuoso persona but performs with a distinctive directness, without exaggerated or demonstrative gestures. His playing is clean and meticulous, his sound cool, transparent, sparkling, and exquisitely shaded. He is best known for his performances of Classical and early Romantic repertoire; from the late 1990s he developed an especial reputation as an interpreter of Bach. In 2000, his recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations was awarded two Grammy nominations for Best Classical Album and Best Instrumental Soloist.

Perahia's popularity has been sustained largely through his extensive catalogue of recordings. He signed an exclusive contract with CBS Masterworks in 1973 and has remained with that label through its corporate transformation into Sony Classics. His recordings have received numerous accolades, including multiple Grammies and Gramophone Awards for Instrumental Record of the Year. In addition to his Mozart concerto cycle, he has recorded all five Beethoven piano concerti with Bernard Haitink and the Concertgebouw Orchestra, as well as Schumann's complete works for piano and orchestra. Read less

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Born: April 19, 1947; USA  
In a field in which each season heralds the arrival of new "talents" who are soon forgotten, pianist Murray Perahia has remained a reliable and immensely gifted presence on the international scene for more than three decades. Perahia began his music studies at the age of five with lessons from Jeanette Haien, who remained his teacher until he was well into his teens. In 1964 Perahia entered the Mannes College of Music in New York, where he Read more
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TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Concerto No. 1 in F Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 37: I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro
Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 39: I. Allegro spiritoso
II. Andante
III. Molto allegro
Concerto No. 3 in D Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 40: I. Allegro maestoso
II. Andante
III. Presto
Concerto No. 4 in G Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 41: I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Molto allegro
Concerto No. 5 in D Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 175: I. Allegro
II. Andante ma un poco Adagio
III. Allegro
Concerto No. 6 in B-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 238: I. Allegro aperto
II. Andante un poco adagio
III. Rondeau. Allegro
Concerto No. 7 in F Major for 3 Pianos & Orchestra, K. 242 "Lodron": I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Rondeau. Tempo di Menuetto
Concerto No. 8 in C Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 246: I. Allegro aperto
II. Andante
III. Rondeau. Tempo di minuetto
Concerto No. 9 in E-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 271: I. Allegro
II. Andantino
III. Rondeau. Presto
Concerto No. 10 in E-flat Major for 2 Pianos & Orchestra, K.365/316a: I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Rondeaux. Allegro
Concerto No. 11 in F Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 413: I. Allegro
II. Larghetto
III. Tempo di Menuetto
Concerto No. 12 in A Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 414: I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegretto
Concerto No. 13 in C Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 415: I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro
Concerto No. 14 in E-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 449: I. Allegro vivace
II. Andantino
III. Allegro ma non troppo
Concerto No. 15 in B-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 450: I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro
Concerto No. 16 in D Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 451: I. Allegro assai
II. Andante
III. Allegro di molto
Concerto No. 17 in G Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 453: I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegretto
Concerto No. 18 in B-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 456: I. Allegro vivace
II. Andante un poco sostenuto
III. Allegro vivace
Concerto No. 19 in F Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 459: I. Allegro vivace
II. Allegretto
III. Allegro assai
Concerto No. 20 in D minor for Piano and Orchestra, K. 466: I. Allegro
II. Romance
III. Rondo. Allegro assai
Concerto No. 21 in C Major for Piano and Orchestra, K.467: I. (Allegro maestoso)
II. Andante
III. Allegro vivace assai
Concerto No. 22 in E-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 482: I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Rondo. Allegro
Concerto No. 23 in A Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 488: I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegro assai
Concerto No. 24 in C minor for Piano and Orchestra, K. 491: I. Allegro
II. Larghetto
III. Allegretto
Concerto No. 25 in C Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 503: I. Allegro maestoso
II. Andante
III . Allegretto
Concerto No. 26 in D Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 537 "Coronation": I. Allegro
II. Larghetto
III. Allegretto
Concerto No. 27 in B-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 595: I. Allegro
II. Larghetto
III. Rondo. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Rondo - Allegro
Concerto No. 7 in F Major for 3 Pianos & Orchestra, K. 242 "Lodron": I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Rondeau. Tempo di Menuetto
I. Allegro
II. Andantino
III. Rondeau. Presto
Concerto No. 21 in C Major for Piano and Orchestra, K.467: I. (Allegro maestoso)
II. Andante
III. Allegro vivace assai
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegretto
Concerto No. 18 in B-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 456: I. Allegro vivace
II. Andante un poco sostenuto
III. Allegro vivace
I. Allegro
II. Adagio e piano sempre
III. Allegro
Keyboard Concerto No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056: I. (Allegro)
II. Largo
III. Presto
Concerto for Harpsichord and Orchestra No. 6 in F Major, BWV 1057: I. (without tempo indication)
II. Andante
III. Allegro assai
Keyboard Concerto No. 7 in G minor, BWV 1058: I. (Allegro)
II. Andante
III. Allegro assai
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegro
Keyboard Concerto No. 2 in E Major, BWV 1053: I. [ ]
II. Siciliano
III. Allegro
Keyboard Concerto No. 4 in A Major, BWV 1055: I. Allegro
II. Larghetto
III. Allegro ma non tanto
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Andante
III. Allegro vivace assai
Concerto No. 27 in B-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, K.595: I. Allegro
II. Larghetto
III. Allegro
Concerto No. 20 in D minor for Piano and Orchestra, K. 466: I. Allegro
II. Romance
III. Rondo. Allegro assai
Concerto No. 27 in B-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 595: I. Allegro
II. Larghetto
III. Rondo. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro
Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 39: I. Allegro spiritoso
II. Andante
III. Molto allegro
Concerto No. 3 in D Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 40: I. Allegro maestoso
II. Andante
III. Presto
Concerto No. 4 in G Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 41: I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Molto allegro
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro; Andante cantabile; Tempo primo
Concerto No. 24 in C minor for Piano and Orchestra, K. 491: I. Allegro
II. Larghetto
III. Allegretto
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegretto
Concerto No. 18 in B-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 456: I. Allegro vivace
II. Andante un poco sostenuto
III. Allegro vivace
I. Allegro
II. Larghetto
III. Allegretto
I. Allegro vivace
II. Allegretto
III. Allegro assai
Concerto No. 23 in A Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 488: I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegro assai
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro
Concerto No. 16 in D Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 451: I. Allegro assai
II. Andante
III. Allegro di molto
Concerto No. 25 in C Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 503: I. Allegro Maestoso
II. Andante
III. Allegretto
Concerto No. 5 for Piano and Orchestra, K. 175: I. Allegro
II. Andante ma un poco Adagio
III. Allegro
I. Allegro aperto
II. Andante un poco adagio
III. Rondeau. Allegro
Concerto No. 13 in C Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 415: I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Larghetto
III. Tempo di Menuetto
Concerto No. 12 in A Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 414: I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegretto
Concerto No. 14 in E-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 449: I. Allegro vivace
II. Andantino
III. Allegro ma non troppo
I. Allegro
II. Andantino
III. Rondeau. Presto
Concerto No. 21 in C Major for Piano and Orchestra, K.467: I. (Allegro maestoso)
II. Andante
III. Allegro vivace assai
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Tempo di Minuetto
Concerto in G Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 107, No. 2: I. Allegro
II. Allegretto (with 4 variations)
Concerto in E-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 107, No. 3: I. Allegro
II. Allegretto (Rondeaux)


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