on 16 June 2010
when it comes to the goldbergs, Perahia did an outstanding job, but other recordings are outstanding as well, and then choice is a matter of personal taste and style, some will prefer Gould, or Hewitt, or even Koroliov. But here in the english suites (which are really french musically speaking) he is so far indisputed. The best interpretation in a very high quality recording.
on 5 January 2011
Bach's music is possibly the supreme test of the skill of a pianist. His music must be played with strong understanding of the technical details that surround his music. Yet at the same time, it must not become mechanical or forced. In order for Bach's music to be given a satisfying performance, it must sound very natural and musical. Too many times Bach performers lack one of these essential ingredients. But I am very pleased to say that Perahia does not. He has clearly studied the complex contrapuntal harmonies that are the backbone of the English Suites (and all of Bach's music for that matter). But instead of giving a cold, forced performance, Perahia has seen the potential for music making.
Perahia, who is almost without peers today, has done a staggering job with the English Suites. He has succeeded in giving performances that wonderfully capture the beauty and intimacy of these pieces. In the faster movements, we hear a sure sense of steadiness, but Perahia still takes time for lyric beauty. The slow movements are quite lovely. But it goes far beyond merely being pretty. There is a depth of emotion that words fail me to describe. The inner quality to this music is almost never found elsewhere.
You should by all means buy this album. It will provide hours of listening pleasure. But it will also do much more than that - it will have you thinking deeply about life and its purpose.
on 16 March 2015
I prefer my Bach keyboard works on the piano. I'm sure he would have used it if he had had one.
Murray Perahia is very good indeed here, unfussy, un-rushed, he allows this wonderful music to
speak for itself. Well recorded too with the piano not overwhelming. I have them on a lot. Good