Murray Perahia plays Schubert and Brahms

Release Date: 12/4/2020
Label: Sony
Catalog Number: 19439788352
Orchestra/Ensemble: Amadeus String Quartet members
Number of Discs: 8

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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).

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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

Works on This Recording
1. Sonata for Piano in C minor, D 958 by Franz Schubert
Performer: Murray Perahia (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1828 ; Vienna, Austria
2. Sonata for Piano in A major, D 959 by Franz Schubert
Performer: Murray Perahia (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1828 ; Vienna, Austria
3. Sonata for Piano in B flat major, D 960 by Franz Schubert
Performer: Murray Perahia (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1828 ; Vienna, Austria
4. Pieces (4) for Piano, Op. 119: no 4, Rhapsody in E flat major by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Murray Perahia (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1892 ; Austria
5. Winterreise, D 911/Op. 89 by Franz Schubert
Performer: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Murray Perahia (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1827 ; Vienna, Austria
6. Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 935/Op. 142 by Franz Schubert
Performer: Murray Perahia (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1827 ; Vienna, Austria
7. Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 899/Op. 90 by Franz Schubert
Performer: Murray Perahia (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1827 ; Vienna, Austria
8. Fantasy for Piano 4 hands in F minor, D 940/Op. 103 by Franz Schubert
Performer: Radu Lupu (Piano), Murray Perahia (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1828 ; Vienna, Austria
9. Sonata for Piano in A major, D 959 by Franz Schubert
Performer: Murray Perahia (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1828 ; Vienna, Austria
10. Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 118: no 6, Intermezzo in E flat minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Murray Perahia (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1892 ; Austria
11. Rhapsodies (2) for Piano, Op. 79: no 1 in B minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Murray Perahia (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1879 ; Austria
12. Variations and Fugue for Piano in B flat major on a theme by Handel, Op. 24 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Murray Perahia (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1861 ; Germany
13. Rhapsodies (2) for Piano, Op. 79 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Murray Perahia (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1879 ; Austria
14. Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 118 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Murray Perahia (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1892 ; Austria
15. Pieces (4) for Piano, Op. 119 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Murray Perahia (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1892 ; Austria
16. Variations for 2 Pianos on a theme by Haydn, Op. 56b "St Anthony" by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Sir Georg Solti (Piano), Murray Perahia (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1873 ; Austria
17. Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in G minor, Op. 25 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Murray Perahia (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Amadeus String Quartet members
Period: Romantic
Written: 1855-1861 ; Germany
18. Sonata for Piano no 3 in F minor, Op. 5 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Murray Perahia (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1853 ; Germany
19. Pieces (8) for Piano, Op. 76: no 2, Capriccio in B minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Murray Perahia (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1878 ; Austria
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