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A Portrait Of Murray Perahia


Release Date: 10/25/1990 
Label:  Cbs Masterworks Catalog #: 42448   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenFranz SchubertRobert SchumannFrédéric Chopin,   ... 
Performer:  Murray Perahia
Conductor:  Murray Perahia
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
CD not available: This title is currently only available as an MP3 download.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Virtuosity that is special, electrifying in effect, transcendental, brilliantly illuminating.

"I continue to find the whole of Perahia's recording stimulating and fresh... As Perahia with the wind his sails carries you along—in the finale of the Appassionata above all—his virtuosity is special, electrifying in effect, transcendental, brilliantly illuminating. The delightful thing about him is that it's all done with such ease and naturalness of expression. When he records the Appassionata again he will have to play it differently. He could hardly play it better than he does here." -- Stephen Plaistow, Gramophone [2/1987, reviewing the original release of the Appassionata, CBS 39344]
Read more /> "Perahia's account of the [Schubert] Impromptus is very special indeed. Directness of utterance and purity of spirit are of the essence here, with articulation of sparkling clarity." -- The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs & DVDs, [reviewing Sony 37291]

"Perahia is a Chopin interpreter of the highest order. There is an impressive range of color and an imposing sense of order. This is highly poetic playing..." -- The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs & DVDs [reviewing the original release of the Fantaisie-Impromptu, CBS 39708]
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Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for Piano no 23 in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Murray Perahia (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804-1805; Vienna, Austria 
2. Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 899/Op. 90: no 3 in G flat major by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Murray Perahia (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
3. Papillons, Op. 2 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Murray Perahia (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1831; Germany 
4. Impromptu for Piano no 4 in C sharp minor, B 87/Op. 66 "Fantaisie-Impromptu" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Murray Perahia (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
5. Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 6 in B minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Murray Perahia (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
6. Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 7 in A major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Murray Perahia (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
7. Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 15 in D flat major "Raindrop" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Murray Perahia (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838-1839; Paris, France 
8. Rondo capriccioso for Piano in E major, Op. 14 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Murray Perahia (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Germany 
9. Rondo for Piano and Orchestra in D major, K 382 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Murray Perahia (Piano)
Conductor:  Murray Perahia
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

I. Allegro assai
II. Andante con moto
III. Allegro, ma non troppo
Impromptu No. 3 in G-flat Major (Andante)
No. 1
No. 2
No. 3
No. 4
No. 5
No. 6
No. 7
No. 8
No. 9
No. 10
No. 11
No. 12 (Finale)
Fantasie Impromptu in C-sharp minor, Op. 66
Prelude in B minor, Op. 28, No. 6
Prelude in A Major, Op. 28, No. 7
Prelude in D-flat Major, Op. 28, No. 15
Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 14
Rondo in D Major for Piano and Orchestra, K.382

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