7 Songs, 55 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Murray Perahia had been preparing a new edition of the Beethoven sonatas for a few years preceding this release. So he couldn’t be better placed to return to the recording studio with a couple of the most famous ones. His “Moonlight” Sonata is glorious: His touch is masterly and his tone is luminous, with supreme evocation of both the gentle melancholy and the finale’s turmoil. His engagement with the altogether more epic and physically demanding “Hammerklavier” is equally impressive. Perahia’s control of his instrument ensures that every note is perfectly placed, whether proclaiming from the mountaintops or just dreaming. A truly magnificent recording.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Murray Perahia had been preparing a new edition of the Beethoven sonatas for a few years preceding this release. So he couldn’t be better placed to return to the recording studio with a couple of the most famous ones. His “Moonlight” Sonata is glorious: His touch is masterly and his tone is luminous, with supreme evocation of both the gentle melancholy and the finale’s turmoil. His engagement with the altogether more epic and physically demanding “Hammerklavier” is equally impressive. Perahia’s control of his instrument ensures that every note is perfectly placed, whether proclaiming from the mountaintops or just dreaming. A truly magnificent recording.

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drujazz

He will surely go down as one of the premier piano players of the last 40 years, we celebrate you Mr.Perahia!
Thank you for being an exceptional example to the younger generation of piano players, thank you for having an on adulterated repertoire, thank you so much for all your work and dedication to the great music of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert!
This recording is beautifully, executed by this marvelous artist!

About Murray Perahia

One of the piano's most lyrical contemporary proponents, Murray Perahia was born in New York City. After first sitting down at the piano at the age of four, he entered Mannes College at 17, later graduating with degrees in conducting and composition. At the same time, Perahia spent his summers in Marlboro, Vermont, collaborating with musicians including Rudolf Serkin, Pablo Casals and the members of the Budapest Quartet; he also studied with Mieczyslaw Horszowski. Upon winning the Leeds International Piano Competition in 1972, Perahia gave his first concert at the Aldeburgh Festival a year later, where he met and worked with Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears, subsequently accompanying the latter in many lieder recitals. Perahia became co-artistic director of the Aldeburgh Festival in 1981, a position he held for eight years; his recordings include the complete concertos of Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin. ~ Jason Ankeny

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April 19, 1947

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