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Bach: Keyboard Concertos, Vol. 1 [CD]

Murray Perahia Audio CD
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In the more than 30 years he has been performing on the concert stage, American pianist Murray Perahia has become one of the most sought-after and cherished pianists of our time, performing in all of the major international music centers and with every leading orchestra. He is the Principal Guest Conductor of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, with whom he has toured as conductor and ... Read more in Amazon's Murray Perahia Store

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  • Audio CD (12 Mar 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music Classical
  • ASIN: B00005A797
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,350 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. "Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV 1052"
2. "Keyboard Concerto No. 2 in E Major, BWV 1053"
3. "Keyboard Concerto No. 4 in A Major, BWV 1055"
4. I. Allegro
5. II. Adagio
6. III. Allegro
7. I. [ ]
8. II. Siciliano
9. III. Allegro
10. I. Allegro
11. II. Larghetto
12. III. Allegro ma non tanto

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With this disc of Bach keyboard concertos, it seems that Murray Perahia is in the midst of an intense love affair with Bach--not so long ago he presented the world with an impeccably sensitive yet wonderfully energised version of the Goldberg Variations. Reassuringly, the more recent release is called Volume 1, so presumably there must be a second on the way. Every ornament, every note, every phrase is beautifully moulded, the piano the physical and emotional epicentre of the musical vision. We may get to hear these pieces on harpsichord more than piano these days, but there's nothing to beat the sheer exhilaration of the piano's percussive punch, its pingy bottom register, the uncluttered way it can reveal the sheer athleticism of Bach's linear passagework. Highlights are to be found in every bar but for an appetiser sample the opening movement of the First Concerto (track 1), or the lilting soulfulness of the slow movement of the Second (track 5). The orchestra are as masterly as the soloist and together they make sublime music. This is one purchase you'll never regret. --Harriet Smith

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elegant music beautifully executed. 25 Feb 2004
Format:Audio CD
I have been a long time fan of the Pinnock/English Concert Archiv recording on authentic instruments. However I picked this disc up as part of the Murray Perahia Bach Boxed set and I think I am now sold completely on Bach played on the Piano.
The production is superb, but would be worth little without as fine a performance of baroque music as I have heard. Murray Perahia has caught the sparkling quality of the music and lays it out for us all to hear. Bach himslef would have loved it.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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The recent record of Goldberg's by Perahia is a real summit of an excellent career. It was hard to suppose that Perahia could make a new excellent Bach version in a new record. However StMartiners and Perahia reach again this type of incandescence that a few marvellous artists can do. It doesn't matter if you have different versions of these concerts: you must buy and hear this one. From the first chord to the last a great pleasure. I've got the disk four days ago and I have listened to it ten times yet, and I am not tired, on the contrary. Three hurras for Perahia and StMartiners
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superlative interpretation and technique 8 May 2005
By Michael
Format:Audio CD
I can only agree with all the other reviews. The performance of each concerto is absolutely breathtaking, and the execution by Murray Perahia can only be described as perfect. The clarity of each note is truly amazing, especially the ornaments. The crescendos and diminuendos achievable on the piano add to the drama of each movement, a facility not available on the keyboard of Bach's day; I am sure he would have been more than satisfied with Perahia's playing. Whenever I need a boost to my day, I put this CD on. A thoroughly recommended set of recordings, to which should be added the other CD with the remaining concertos.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Murray Perahia is a pianist who thrives in the music of Bach, with all its beauty, grandeur, and poetry. Here he is joined by the Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields to conduct some of Bach's keyboard concerti from the piano. He's turned out to be a fine director who pulls some lovely sounds out of the famed orchestra that I don't think I've heard the likes of in any of their recordings with Marriner. Not Marriner isn't worth admiring--far from it--but Perahia makes music making so easy that Marriner can sound stodgy in comparison. Lyricism flows forth effortlessly from both Perahia and ASMF that is a wonder to behold. Everything is done with a marked intimacy, the kind of material that sounds like a carry-over from chamber music. Perhaps Perahia's main secret as a conductor is simply that his love for his music is contagious, allowing his partners to catch his creative vision. Everything is as light as a feather and Perahia's dashing spirit is full of vitality.

But, despite its charms, the one setback to this album, if you can call it that, is that darker side of Bach is never touched on. Gracefulness certainly reigns to a large degree in Bach, but what about the richness, the somberness that leads to resignation? I know you can bring these qualities out in Bach; Perahia's own solo recordings of the composer prove this, especially those wonderful Goldbergs and Partitas. And in the concerti field, there is always Perahia's later recording with ASMF of Bach's Triple and 5th Brandenburg concerti, where Perahia sees reflection and resignation in a powerful way. But here, Perahia opts instead for pure loveliness, making everything without a care in the world.

Perhaps you think that this different approach doesn't sound all that bad. You're right on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perahia trips the light fantastic in Bach 26 Jun 2012
By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Many excellent, previous reviews have adumbrated the attractions of Perahia's complete set of the seven Keyboard Concertos on two discs, so I won't belabour the points except to say that the wit and delicacy of these recordings were enough to convince me that I had to move on from my worthy, serviceable but essentially dull Naxos discs and resolve to listen henceforth mainly to Perahia if I wanted to hear this wonderful music on a modern piano.

He manages to steer a mid-course between overt emotional indulgence and the mechanical doggedness I hear from Angela Hewitt. The balance between the small orchestra, underpinned by the quasi-harpsichord-sounding theorbo, and the piano is perfect. His speeds are almost invariably brisk but always lithe and sprung; too many pianists swoon over the slow movements and rob them of their poise and momentum. Discreet re-scoring - some thinning of textures and the replacement of bowing by pizzicato - stops the orchestration sounding soupy and the propulsiveness of Perahia's playing counteracts the accusation that he is too concerned to cultivate pure beauty of sound.

Perahia's pedigree in Bach is flawless: his Goldberg's are among my top three favourite versions and his forays into Bach generally have met with great acclaim. Purists may retreat to their harpsichords and good luck to them; meanwhile the rest of us will bless these recordings as utterly life-enhancing.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Naughty but nice 19 Jun 2010
By enthusiast TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This (along with it's companion disc) is Bach as sophisticated confection - and none the worse for that. Perahia's accounts of these works (most of which are known to us in other forms) is consistently delightful and irresistable. We know him capable of deeply considered and searching Bach - try his Goldberg Variations, for example - but this is not what is on offer here. But this is still music making of the very highest order and deserves to be in every collection.
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