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Chopin: Ballades, Waltzes Op. 18 & 42, Nocturne, Op. 15 No. 1; Mazurkas Op. 7 No. 3, Op. 17 No. 4, Op. 33 No. 2, Etudes Op. 10 Nos. 3 & 4


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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 (7 Nov 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Classical
  • ASIN: B000002A6J
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 371,553 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. "Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23"
2. "Ballade No. 2 in A minor, Op.38: Andantino - Presto con fuoco - Agitato - Tempo I"
3. "Ballade No. 3 in A-flat Major, Op. 47"
4. "Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52"
5. "Grande Valse brillante in E-flat Major, Op.18: Vivo"
6. "Grande Valse in A-flat Major, Op.42"
7. "Nocturne No. 1 in F Major, Op.15: Andante cantabile - Con fuoco - Tempo I"
8. "Mazurka No. 3 in F minor, Op.7: (Moderato)"
9. "Mazurka No. 4 in A minor, Op.17: Lento ma non troppo"
10. "Mazurka No. 2 in D Major, Op.33: Vivace"
11. "?tude No. 3 in E Major, Op.10: Lento ma non troppo"
12. "?tude No. 4 in C-sharp minor, Op.10: Presto"

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Chopin's Ballades are imaginary short stories that leave the plot to the listener's imagination. The trick to a successful performance of such freeform compositions depends on the pianist's ability to realise all the colour and variety of the various episodes while at the same time Spring Sonata was featured in Woody Allen's Love and Death, among other places, and perhaps most intriguingly of all, the "Scherzo" of the late sonata, Op. 96, turns up quite clearly in the third movement of Mahler's Second Symphony. So why not take the plunge with these superb performances and get to know the sonatas at first hand? Just as there are two truly famous Mozart sonatas, there are also two sides to Itzhak Perlman's musical career--the flashy virtuoso and the considerate partner. Chamber-music recordings such as this feature Perlman in this second role, one that gets less attention than his other, more sensational, persona, but which for many listeners is even more musically rewarding. Ashkenazy, no mere accompanist, is very much involved in the proceedings, and the two musicians combine to produce one of the finest sets of Beethoven violin sonatas available as well as one of Perlman's very greatest recordings in any genre. --David Hurwitz

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles TOP 50 REVIEWER on 6 Dec 2012
Format: Audio CD
This award winning recording from 1994 is yet another example of the performing genius of Perahia caught so well in the studio. Murray Perahia has had the enviable ability, to many other recording artists no doubt, of being able to capture the spontaneity of a live performance within the emotional confines of the recording studio.

This disc is a good example and also makes an interesting concert program with the focus being on the four Ballades as the main focus so to speak followed and complemented by a group of waltzes, mazurkas and etudes rather like encores at a concert. This is imaginative programming even if somewhat difficult to fit in without much partial doubling for collectors.

The performances all bring that special Perahia combination of immaculate technical command with added warmth so the element of 'glitter' is less apparent than in some other performers' contributions and this adds to the ultimate musical satisfaction. At the same time Perahia avoids being so weighty that there is any risk of dullness. In other words what we get here is that perfect combination of rock-sure technique and interpretive warmth that combines to give a deep musical reward to the listener.

In summary therefore, I would suggest that this disc will give a great deal of musical satisfaction to purchasers even if this leads to duplication of material. As an 'only' disc for purchasers it will be rewarding on its own behalf but for collectors it will probably take an honoured place among the sub-set of 'Perahia' specials within a collection regardless of duplication.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By V. Tacon on 19 Oct 2009
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Truly a superb performance. Every note is beautifully enunciated with dramatic colour and intense dynamics. In my rather dated copy of the Penquin Guide to Classical CDs this recording is awarded a "rosette" (being their highest accolade), and deservedly so.
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Well known music to me, and needed a disc as a present to my 11 year old granddaughter, who has 'fallen' for the Ballade No.1! Perahia does not disappoint, as one might expect from such an artist.
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This is a gorgeous disc . I have several CD's of Chopin's piano music but nobody plays it better than Murray Perahia. He's the top's
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