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24 Etudesopp.10&25 Original recording remastered

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Compelling Chopin from Perahia Jan. 27 2008
By Mark Hennicke - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Seattle Times has stated that pianist Murray Perahia has the "soul of a poet, the mind of a thinker, the hands of a virtuoso..." While he has always been granted an abundance poetry & thoughtfulness concerning the depth of his interpretations at the keyboard, the sheer virtuosity of his technique does not as often get the credit that it deserves. On this Masterworks Expanded Edition of the Chopin Op.10 & Op.25 Etudes, sparks are flying about everywhere, showing the full range of Perahia's technical chops. I had the good fortune of hearing Perahia play the Op.25,#1 & the Op.10,#4 at his return recital at Carnegie Hall this past November. He was brilliant that evening, and he is brilliant here on this Direct Stream Digital Remastered cd. These are among Murray Perahia's finest Chopin performances to date. Now offered with a generous bonus sampling of Chopin Impromtus from earlier Perahia releases, this cd is a top level choice ( and a Grammy Winner in its original release for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance ) from among Perahia's extensive catalog of highly acclaimed recordings. At mid-price, this album is a temptation too inviting to pass up.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Perahia succeeds in turning these technical challenges into primarily musical experiences Dec 28 2013
By I. Giles - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This disc, well recorded in 2001, received many critical plaudits upon its first issue as here. It entered a fairly competitive market with well regarded recordings made by many of the world's finest Chopin players.

Perahia, sometimes described as the poet of the keyboard, delivers a set of readings on this disc that fit that general description. One is aware of a greater use of light and shade than is often the case. He also makes use of more sparing rubato. Neither of these features is a universal element in terms of these pieces which, at base level, are studies designed to expose and remedy technical flaws.

The etudes are targeted at particular technical issues and it is therefore an implied requirement that tempo should be kept steadier than in other compositions. What Perahia has done on this recording is to broaden the focus to include other musical notions such as phrasing and touch and to do this he has been prepared to be more flexible in terms of basic tempo. Perahia has a considerable technique and that is made clear in a handful of etudes that are played quicker than usual. Thus the listener is able to accept more easily the times when slower or more varied tempi are used as there can be no doubt that such interpretive decisions have been taken regardless of technical competency.

The are other fine versions to consider of course. The Ashkenazy set is possibly the nearest to adopting the closest to the written requirements and to that he adds his own volatile temperament. His disc is available in an excellently remastered version using 24 bit technology. Pollini gives a typically brilliant version but it is arguable that his recording emphasises the aggressive side of his playing which comes over as rather unyielding - almost the opposite of Perahia. Lugansky gives a deeply satisfying account and his lays claim to being the darkest view of the pieces. His disc was awarded a prize upon first release. Finally, among this short short-list, one must not ignore Rubinstein's row of polished diamonds, best bought in his bargain box set of complete Chopin.

I would therefore suggest that this disc by Perahia is fully deserving of being considered as one of the very best available. I would not wish to be without either Lugansky or Ashkenazy either, both of whom take a straighter view of the music, one darker and one more volatile respectively. Collectors of multiple versions will want at least those three. Single disc purchasers could de completely satisfied with this disc by Perahia - or the ones by Ashkenazy or Lugansky.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Everything is correct but strangely passionless Aug. 19 2011
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Long a resident of London, Murray Perahia achieved a "he can do no wrong" status with english critics, and tis 2002 set of Chopin Etudes received Record of the Month from the Gramophone, as his previous Chopin record, of the four Ballades, received a Grmophone Award as best keyboard recording of the year. The pianist has spread his Chopin recitals across four decades, and I was enamored of the first one on Sony, which contained Sonatas No 2 and 3. But the boat left me behind on the dock somewhere. Perahia's later Chopin became so much less spontaneous, imaginative, brilliant and enjoyable. A pianist who was never very inward became increasingly like a professor giving a keyboard demonstration - every ingredient is in place except passion and personality.

The British have an appetite for pianists who stay nearly within boundaries (was anyone's blood fired up by Solomon and Dame Myra Hess?), but I am a bit baffled why so many amazon reviewers are enthralled b these Etudes. comparing them for two minutes with Pollini's dazzling account should be enough to demonstrate what's lacking. Yet I realize that musicians hate being compared to past greats. On its own terms, Perahia's account is posed and stylish, to a fault, I would say. His technique is flawless but rarely used to excite us. His pacing and tempo choices are impeccable. I realize that there is a whole class of listeners who believe that no such thing as magic exists, that the score sits there on the counter like flour, waiting to be picked up and used in a recipe. For them, this is a perfect set of Chopin Etudes, but I will keep searching for charisma, personality, originality, and bravura showmanship - all the things you don't find on the recipe page.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Good, solid performance from a well-respected performer Dec 8 2007
By Karl Fandrich - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
When I started learning a few of the etudes myself, I went out looking for a good recording to listen to. This Perahia recording is a good, solid performance from a very respected pianist. While some reviewers have critisized it for lack of emotion, I don't agree. His playing is in no way flat, and I would argue that he doesn't over-dramatize the music as it may be tempting to do. His choices are solid, and his mastery of these pieces is indisputable. I would highly recommend this recording to anyone looking for a good recording of the etudes.
very July 7 2014
By Maryann Karaczun - Published on Amazon.com
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