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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Naughty but nice, 19 Jun 2010
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enthusiast "enthusiast" (sussex, uk) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Bach - Keyboard Concertos, Vol 2 (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. Nevertheless, this is still music making of the very highest order and deserves to be in every collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perahia trips the light fantastic in Bach, 26 Jun 2012
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Ralph Moore "Ralph operaphile" (Bishop's Stortford, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Bach - Keyboard Concertos, Vol 2 (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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bach keyboard concertos, 5 May 2012
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Wonderful playing with excellent clarity as ever - some movements a little on the fast side(tempo) for me but apart from this definitely recommend CD
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incandescent, powerful, and ordered performance, 10 Feb 2010
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This disk is the equal of Perahia's first disk of Bach keyboard concertos. His performance, and that of the ASMF, are incandescent. The clarity, power and excitement that Perahia generates is not to be missed.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Only if you like your Bach lyrical, 15 Mar 2010
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* "Jake W" (Warsaw, Poland) - See all my reviews
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For me Bach music is - however hard it is catch the intangible with words - about rythm and wisdom. Murray Perahia seems to play it for melody and lyricism. And he plays very well, no doubt about it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perahia at his best! He really makes Bach's music breathe, 5 Oct 2014
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J.Ch. Lambelet (CH-1182 Gilly, Switzerland) - See all my reviews
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Perahia at his best ! He really makes Bach's music breathe... Some might not like his "romantic" style, but I for one love it.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfection of Perahia. I wish you had six or more stars for him., 21 Oct 2008
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Mrs. R. M. Goldsmith "Becky G" (London, England) - See all my reviews
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Murray Perahia is one of the very rare masters of the keyboard who attains perfection whether he is playing Bach, Chopin, Beethoven or Mozart I find his interpretations definitive. Words seem inadequate- buy this and any other recordings of his and they will convince you.
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