11 Songs, 1 Hour 15 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
9 Ratings
9 Ratings
Rick Ramble

Gets Under My Skin -- In a Good Way...

I had never paid any attention to Schubert's solo piano music, but since I first heard the haunting strains of the Impromptu No. 1 in C minor (D.899) on my local classical radio station, the melody gnawed away at my brain until I could resist no longer - I HAD TO HAVE THIS MUSIC. I then spent exhausting hours checking the reviews and listening to clips, until finally settling on Murray Perahia. Happy to report, excellent judgment on my part -- beautifully realized, sensitive, lilting, deeply emotive, blah, blah, blah...

I've since become familiar with the remaining pieces on this album, which is chock full of crystalline Schubertian lyricism -- the perfect musical companion for those quiet moments when time slows down and you dare not breathe for fear of breaking the spell (or fear of upsetting the cat who has settled comfortably in your lap). Whatever, it's a testament to the music's power that now I can't get *any* of the melodies out of my head. Thanks, Murray :)

The very definition of musical intimacy -- I can't recommend it enough. Many thumbs up.

Dan of the Man

Quite Nice Indeed

I believe this is best interpretation of Schubert's Impomptus on iTunes!


The best recording of the Schubert Impromptus

I'm a fan of both Schubert and Perahia, and what a happy circumstance that they come together on this, my personal favorite album of each. I've owned this on vinyl, CD and now iTunes. No one does it better.

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

New York, NY
April 19, 1947




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