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Songs Without Words - Mendelssohn, Liszt, Et Al / Perahia


Release Date: 11/16/1999 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 66511   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ferruccio BusoniFelix MendelssohnFranz Liszt
Performer:  Murray Perahia
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The elegant and clean lyricism of Murray Perahia's playing fits this program of piano songs without words to a tee. Perahia has always had a wonderful knack for teasing out singing contrapuntal lines that other pianists ignore. Far from sounding willful, such interpretative playing seems to reveal music that one should have been hearing all along. Consequently, Perahia lends all music that falls under his hands a decidedly polyphonic cast. It is therefore not surprising that Perahia renders the richly textured Bach-Busoni chorale transcription, "Nun freut euch, lieben Christen," with unstudied charm. Similarly, in Mendelssohn's 'Songs without Words,' Perahia projects more that composers championing of Bach than his Romantic pioneering. Read more Perahia's playing of Liszt's transcriptions of Schubert songs is virtuosic without being showy. Even in the tour-de-force final strophe of "Auf dem Wasser zu singen," Perahia stresses the singing of individual lines over theatrical dazzle. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Chorale Preludes (10) for Piano after J. S. Bach: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645 by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Murray Perahia (Piano)
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Air Studios, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
2.
Chorale Preludes (10) for Piano after J. S. Bach: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659 by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Murray Perahia (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1898 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Air Studios, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Germany (1897 - 1898). 
3.
Chorale Preludes (10) for Piano after J. S. Bach: Nun freut euch, lieben Christen, BWV 734 by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Murray Perahia (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1898 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Air Studios, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
4.
Chorale Preludes (10) for Piano after J. S. Bach: Ich ruf'zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639 by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Murray Perahia (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1898 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Air Studios, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
5.
Songs without words, vol 1, Op. 19b: no 3, Molto allegro in A major "Hunting Song" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Murray Perahia (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Air Studios, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
6.
Songs without words, vol 6, Op. 67: no 2, Allegro leggiero in F sharp minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Murray Perahia (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Air Studios, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 57 Secs. 
7.
Songs without words, vol 2, Op. 30: no 4, Agitato e con fuoco in B minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Murray Perahia (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833-1834; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Air Studios, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
8.
Songs without words, vol 1, Op. 19b: no 1, Andante con moto in E major "Sweet Remembrance" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Murray Perahia (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Air Studios, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
9.
Songs without words, vol 1, Op. 19b: no 5, Agitato in F sharp minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Murray Perahia (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1830; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1997 
Venue:  Giandomenico Studios, Collingwoods, NJ 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
10.
Songs without words, vol 2, Op. 30: no 6, Allegretto in F sharp minor "Venetian Gondola Song" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Murray Perahia (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1997 
Venue:  Giandomenico Studios, Collingswood, NJ 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
11.
Songs without words, vol 3, Op. 38: no 3, Presto in E major by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Murray Perahia (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Air Studios, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
12.
Songs without words, vol 8, Op. 102: no 5, Allegro vivace in A minor "Child's Piece" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Murray Perahia (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1997 
Venue:  Giandomenico Studios, Collingswood, NJ 
Length: 1 Minutes 12 Secs. 
13.
Songs without words, vol 3, Op. 38: no 2, Allegro non troppo in C minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Murray Perahia (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1997 
Venue:  Giandomenico Studios, Collingswood, NJ 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
14.
Songs without words, vol 2, Op. 30: no 2, Allegro di molto in B flat minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Murray Perahia (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1997 
Venue:  Giandomenico Studios, Collingswood, NJ 
Length: 1 Minutes 57 Secs. 
15.
Songs without words, vol 6, Op. 67: no 1, Andante in E flat major by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Murray Perahia (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841-1845; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1997 
Venue:  Giandomenico Studios, Collingswood, NJ 
Length: 2 Minutes 2 Secs. 
16.
Songs without words, vol 3, Op. 38: no 6, Andante con moto in A flat major "Duetto" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Murray Perahia (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Air Studios, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
17.
Songs without words, vol 6, Op. 67: no 4, Presto in C major "Spinning Song" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Murray Perahia (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Air Studios, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 43 Secs. 
18.
Songs without words, vol 4, Op. 53: no 4, Adagio in F major by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Murray Perahia (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1997 
Venue:  Giandomenico Studios, Collingswood, NJ 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
19.
Songs without words, vol 5, Op. 62: no 2, Allegro con fuoco in B flat major by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Murray Perahia (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1997 
Venue:  Giandomenico Studios, Collingswood, NJ 
Length: 1 Minutes 47 Secs. 
20.
Auf dem Wasser zu singen (Schubert) for Piano, S 558 no 2 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Murray Perahia (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1838; France 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Air Studios, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
21.
Schwanengesang (Schubert), S 560: no 6, In der Ferne by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Murray Perahia (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838-1839; Switzerland 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Air Studios, London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 35 Secs. 
22.
Schwanengesang (Schubert), S 560: no 7, Ständchen "Leise flehen" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Murray Perahia (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838-1839; Geneva, Switzerland 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Air Studios, London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 17 Secs. 
23.
Erlkönig (Schubert) for Piano, S 558 no 4 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Murray Perahia (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1838; France 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Air Studios, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 28 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, No. 2, BWV 645 (Instrumental)
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, No. 3, BWV 659 (Instrumental)
Nun freut euch, lieben Christen g'mein, No. 4, BWV 734 (Instrumental)
Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, No. 5, BWV 639 (Instrumental)
Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 19, No. 3 (Instrumental)
Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 67, No. 2 (Instrumental)
Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 30, No. 4 (Instrumental)
Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 19, No. 1 (Instrumental)
Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 19, No. 5 (Instrumental)
Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 30, No. 6 (Instrumental)
Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 38, No. 3 (Instrumental)
Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 102, No. 5 (Instrumental)
Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 38, No. 2 (Instrumental)
Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 30, No. 2 (Instrumental)
Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 67, No. 1 (Instrumental)
Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 38, No. 6 (Instrumental)
Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 67, No. 4 (Instrumental)
Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 53, No. 4 (Instrumental)
Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 62, No. 2 (Instrumental)
Auf dem Wasser zu singen [No. 2 from 12 Lieder]
In der Ferne, No. 6 from Liszt's Schwanengesang (Instrumental)
Ständchen "Leise flehen meine Lieder" [No. 7 from Schwanengesang (Chant du Cygne)]
Erlkönig [No. 4 from 12 Lieder]

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