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
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
1. Allegro
2. Andante
3. Rondeau (Allegro)
Prélude
Allemande
Courante I
Courante II avec deux Doubles
Sarabande
Bourrée I
Bourrée II
Gigue
English Suite No. 3 in G minor, BWV 808: Prélude
Allemande
Courante
Sarabande
Gavotte I
Gavotte II (ou la Musette)
Gigue
English Suite No. 6 in D minor, BWV 811: Prélude; Allegro
Allemande
Courante
Sarabande - IVa. Double
Gavotte I
Gavotte II
Gigue
I. Andante con variazioni
II. Scherzo: Allegro molto
III. Maestoso andante, marcia funebre sulla morte d'un eroe
IV. Allegro
Piano Sonata No. 9 in E Major, Op. 14, No. 1: I. Allegro
II. Allegretto - Trio
III. Rondo: Allegro comodo
Piano Sonata No. 10 in G Major, Op. 14, No. 2: I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Scherzo: Allegro assai
Piano Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op. 28 "Pastorale": I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Scherzo et Trio: Allegro vivace
IV. Rondo: Allegro non troppo
Partita No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 826: I. Sinfonia
II. Allemande
III. Courante
IV. Sarabande
V. Rondeau
VI. Capriccio
Partita No. 3 in A Minor, BWV 827: I. Fantasia
II. Allemande
III. Courante
IV. Sarabande
V. Burlesca
VI. Scherzo
VII. Gigue
Partita No. 4 in D Major, BWV 828: I. Ouverture
II. Allemande
III. Courante
IV. Aria
V. Sarabande
VI. Menuett
VII. Gigue
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 moderato
II. Sostenuto e pesante
III. Allegro molto
Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs, Op. 20: I. Molto moderato
II. Molto capriccioso
III. Lento, rubato
IV. Allegretto scherzando
V. Allegro molto
VI. Allegro moderato, molto capriccioso
VII. Sostenuto, rubato
VIII. Allegro
Suite, Op. 14: I. Allegro
II. Scherzo
III. Allegro molto
IV. Sostenuto
Out of Doors, Sz. 81: I. With Drums and Pipes. Pesante
II. Barcarolla. Andante
III. Musettes. Moderato
IV. Musiques Nocturnes. Lento
V. The Chase. Presto
Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion: I. Assai lento
II. Lento, ma non troppo
III. Allegro non troppo
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
Fantasia in F minor for Mechanical Organ, K.608, An Organ Piece for a Clock: I. Allegro ritenuto
II. Andante
III. Allegro ritenuto
Andante & Variations (5) in G Major for Piano 4-Hands, K.501: Andante
Variation I
Variation II
Variation III
Variation IV
Variation V
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 affettuoso
II. Intermezzo. Andantino grazioso
III. Allegro vivace
Concerto in A minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 16: I. Allegro molto moderato
II. Adagio
III. Allegro moderato molto e marcato
Prélude
Allemande
Courante I
Courante II avec deux Doubles
Sarabande
Bourrée I
Bourrée II
Gigue
English Suite No. 3 in G minor, BWV 808: Prélude
Allemande
Courante
Sarabande
Gavotte I
Gavotte II (ou la Musette)
Gigue
English Suite No. 6 in D minor, BWV 811: Prélude; Allegro
Allemande
Courante
Sarabande - IVa. Double
Gavotte I
Gavotte II
Gigue
Suite No. 5 in E Major, HWV 430: Prelude
Allemande
Courante
Air (with 5 variations; "Harmonious Blacksmith")
I. Allegro con spirito
II. Andante
III. Allegro molto
Fantasia in F minor for Mechanical Organ, K.608, An Organ Piece for a Clock: I. Allegro ritenuto
II. Andante
III. Allegro ritenuto
Andante & Variations (5) in G Major for Piano 4-Hands, K.501: Andante
Variation I
Variation II
Variation III
Variation IV
Variation V
Étude No. 1 in C Major
Étude No. 2 in A Minor
Étude No. 3 in E Major
Étude No. 4 in C-Sharp Minor
Étude No. 5 in G-Flat Major "Black Keys"
Étude No. 6 in E-Flat Minor
Étude No. 7 in C Major
Étude No. 8 in F Major
Étude No. 9 in F Minor
Étude No. 10 in A-Flat Major
Étude No. 11 in E-Flat Major
Etude No. 12 in C Minor "Revolutionary"
12 Études, Op. 25: Étude No. 1 in A-Flat Major
Étude No. 2 in F minor
Étude No. 3 in F Major
Étude No. 4 in A minor
Étude No. 5 in E minor
Étude No. 6 in G-Sharp minor "Thirds"
Étude No. 7 in C-Sharp minor
Étude No. 8 in D-Flat Major "Sixths"
Étude No. 9 in G-Flat Major
Étude No. 10 in B minor "Octaves"
Étude No. 11 in A minor
Étude No. 12 in C minor
I. Allegro
II. Intermezzo - Allegro, ma non troppo
III. Andante con moto
IV. Rondo alla Zingarese - Presto
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
Aria
Variation 1 a 1 Clav.
Variation 2 a 1 Clav.
Variation 3 a 1 Clav. Canone all' Unisuono
Variation 4 a 1 Clav.
Variation 5 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.
Variation 6 a 1 Clav. Canone all Seconda
Variation 7 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.
Variation 8 a 2 Clav.
Variation 9 a 1 Clav. Canone alla Terza
Variation 10 a 1 Clav. Fughetta
Variation 11 a 2 Clav.
Variation 12 Canone alla Quarta
Variation 13 a 2 Clav.
Variation 14 a 2 Clav.
Variation 15 a 1 Clav. Canone alla Quinta in moto contrario. a 1 Clav. Andante
Variation 16 Ouverture a 1 Clav.
Variation 17 a 2 Clav.
Variation 18 - Canone alla Sesta a 1 Clav.
Variation 19 a 1 Clav.
Variation 20 a 2 Clav.
Variation 21 Canone alla Settima
Variation 22 Alla breve a 1 Clav.
Variation 23 a 2 Clav.
Variation 24 Canone all' Ottava a 1 Clav.
Variation 25 a 2 Clav.
Variation 26 a 2 Clav.
Variation 27 Canone alla Nona
Variation 28 a 2 Clav.
Variation 29 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.
Quodlibet
Aria da capo


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