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Bach: Partitas Nos. 2, 3 & 4 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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  • Performer: Murray Perahia
  • Audio CD (13 Feb. 2009)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music Classical
  • ASIN: B001J8ONJ6
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,165 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. "Partita No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 826"
2. "Partita No. 3 in A Minor, BWV 827"
3. "Partita No. 4 in D Major, BWV 828"
4. I. Sinfonia
5. II. Allemande
6. III. Courante
7. IV. Sarabande
8. V. Rondeau
9. VI. Capriccio
10. I. Fantasia
11. II. Allemande
12. III. Courante
13. IV. Sarabande
14. V. Burlesca
15. VI. Scherzo
16. VII. Gigue
17. I. Ouverture
18. II. Allemande
19. III. Courante
20. IV. Aria
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 21 Oct. 2013
Format: Audio CD
This set, the first half of Murray Perahia's recording of all six of Bach's Keyboard Partitas, is simply brilliant. The music is fabulous and Perahia's playing is quite wonderful.

The six Partitas conform largely to the accepted form and order of a suite of dances, providing Bach with a template for his unrivalled contrapuntal skill in which he was utterly at home. The result is a set of pieces with wonderful rhythmic variation and delightful fluency of lines, and these Partitas (along with his English and French Suites) are among Bach's finest keyboard works, in my view. They are inventive, endlessly rewarding and, above all, hugely enjoyable to listen to.

Murray Parahia understands all of this to his core, and has the superb technique to allow it to flow out of him utterly naturally. He often has a delightful lightness of touch which never trivialises but allows the music to dance and glow as it should, and he preserves the music's intellectual weight even in the most toe-tapping movements. Perahia is slightly freer with rubato than some interpreters have been, and how well thias suits you will be a matter of taste. His judgement of ornamentation is impeccable, with just enough to allow make the music's sense clear without overlaying it with unnecessary interpretative tricks.

Unless you have a rooted objection to Bach on the piano (in which case I'd recommend Christophe Rousset's harpsichord recordings 6 Partitas Bwv 825 - 830 (Rousset)) you cannot possibly go wrong with these two discs. They are superb and very warmly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By felicity hydes on 23 Sept. 2013
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Music to reflect to, to think to, to write poetry to. Peace just settles on you like a soft blanket.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. M. Butterworth on 5 July 2011
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It is difficult to see how this could be any better. Similarly all the piano recordings of Bach. And Angela Hewitt is pretty well there too. I think, however, that maybe Lipatti has something just beyond perfection?
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Murray Perahia - an exquisite Bach interpreter 9 July 2010
By P. Adrian - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
My first ever live contact with Murray Perahia's art took place some three years ago when he gave a highly acclaimed recital during the "George Enescu" International Festival - 2007, in Bucharest. The first piece in the program on that occasion was Bach's Partita No.4 in D major BWV 828 (recorded here), so one can say that I properly made the acquaintance with the artistry of the great American pianist through a magic door, opened by none else than Johann Sebastian Bach and its powerful music. And for me that occurrence is not simply a casual thing, as long as Murray Perahia, worldwide recognized as an indisputable Bach maestro among living pianists, considers him (like I do) the supreme authoritative figure in music and has recorded a vast amount from his keyboard output (which found a privileged place in my CD collection). And the coincidences don't stop here: my first ever CD collection items were Perahia's two CDs comprising the complete set of English Suites, released more than a decade back by Sony Classical. The same label issued recently two further recordings in Perahia's Bach series: the complete set of keyboard Partitas, of which this was the first (Partitas 2, 3 & 4).

Speaking about Bach's music seems quite impossible for me. It's like speaking about the Milky Way or the Michelangelo's Pietà - they simply exist for ever and charm for ever without any need to explain them. Bach's music is overwhelming and all-embracing by itself, as a mysterious Universe unceasingly pulsating and breathing so much humanity. You can only marvel at it and let it traverse you without any other comment. Its logical and mighty structures - apparently monotone but so full of substance - unfold Bach's consummate knowledge of the sounds' science. But there is more than science or even art. It is a point of departure for a fabulous inward travel in searching ourselves, our most intimate thoughts, feelings, acts. Its apparent simplicity gets mere transcendence and mediates rather a mystic ecstasy. However, this giant of the baroque music, also known as the "modest cantor at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig", composed permanently watching God. Therefore, his music gathers solemnity, fervour, serenity, passion, humility and much love.

There is always required a great musician - and Murray Perahia is one of them - to recreate compellingly this mysterious and enthralling Universe in front of us, the inhabitants of the XXIst century.

By aiming at completing the Partita's cycle Murray Perahia consolidates his reputation as an exquisite Bach interpreter and imposes a reliable point of view regarding the need for a fresh approach in reading Bach's work. Five stars!
Superb Bach 21 Oct. 2013
By Sid Nuncius - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This set, the first half of Murray Perahia's recording of all six of Bach's Keyboard Partitas, is simply brilliant. The music is fabulous and Perahia's playing is quite wonderful.

The six Partitas conform largely to the accepted form and order of a suite of dances, providing Bach with a template for his unrivalled contrapuntal skill in which he was utterly at home. The result is a set of pieces with wonderful rhythmic variation and delightful fluency of lines, and these Partitas (along with his English and French Suites) are among Bach's finest keyboard works, in my view. They are inventive, endlessly rewarding and, above all, hugely enjoyable to listen to.

Murray Parahia understands all of this to his core, and has the superb technique to allow it to flow out of him utterly naturally. He often has a delightful lightness of touch which never trivialises but allows the music to dance and glow as it should, and he preserves the music's intellectual weight even in the most toe-tapping movements. Perahia is slightly freer with rubato than some interpreters have been, and how well thias suits you will be a matter of taste. His judgement of ornamentation is impeccable, with just enough to allow make the music's sense clear without overlaying it with unnecessary interpretative tricks.

Unless you have a rooted objection to Bach on the piano (in which case I'd recommend Christophe Rousset's harpsichord recordings 6 Partitas Bwv 825 - 830 (Rousset)) you cannot possibly go wrong with these two discs. They are superb and very warmly recommended.

[At this level of excellence it is purely a matter of personal taste, but I thought I'd mention that I still marginally prefer Angela Hewitt's interpretations (now in a fantastic box of all her Bach recordings Angela Hewitt plays Bach (Complete Solo Keyboard Recordings).) This is a matter of tiny things, though, and I would be very happy with this set alone.]
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