The Schubert and Brahms recordings by Murray Perahia are now collected on 8 albums. His versions of the three late Schubert sonatas released in 2003 were the top choice for these works in BBC Radio 3’s Building a Library. Gramophone likened his playing here to “a tree just opening from bud in the radiance of spring … Perahia’s limpid delicacy constantly reminding us of his dedication to Mozart”. In solo Brahms – the F minor Sonata, Handel Variations and late piano pieces – Gramophone lauded Perahia’s “superfine musical intelligence and technique”. Murray Perahia the collaborative pianist is showcased in Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau’s 1990 recording (his seventh) of Schubert’s Winterreise (“A gripping performance of mature reflection, aided by Perahia’s positive, interactive playing” – BBC Music Magazine); Brahms’s “Haydn Variations” for piano four hands partnered in 1987 by Sir Georg Solti (“… so communicative, so warmly sympathetic, so alive and spontaneous” – Gramophone); and the Brahms G minor Piano Quartet from 1986 with the Amadeus Quartet (“Wild and urgent … brims with energy and immediacy … Perahia emerges as a powerful, passionate Brahmsian” – Gramophone).
Select review escerpts from previously released albums included in this set:
Schubert: Piano Sonatas D 958, 959, 960 :
Murray Perahia's intelligent musicianship, lyrical gifts, and cogent architecture make some of his live Schubert performances among the most memorable I've heard. This pianist's artistry refuses to stand still.
– ClassicsToday.com (Jed Distler)
Schubert: Winterreise / Fischer-Dieskau, Perahia:
At 65, Fischer-Dieskau’s voice no longer maintains its unique seamless sheen but, though he cannot consistently guarantee the quality of his baritone sound, through his extraordinary mental and physical techniques he gives a gripping performance of mature reflection, aided by Perahia’s positive, interactive playing.
– BBC Music Magazine
Brahms: Works for Solo Piano, Opp. 24, 79, 118 & 119 / Perahia:
This is a superbly recorded piano disc of some of the best romantic repertoire ever written for the instrument, played by one of the finest performers of our time at the peak of the mature phase in his career
– MusicWeb International