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Format: Audio CD
This CD is definitely a "must" for all classical music collectors. Particularly, it addresses to those aficionados who adore Chopin's musical output and consider him a forerunner of the modern piano. Yet, no less this recording is intended to those who instantly succumb to the charms of the unique flavours that compound - by means of his intelligent virtuosity and poetic approach - the renditions of the keyboard genius Murray Perahia.
Whatever he choses to play, but especially in Chopin pages, this tireless musical gold-digger is fond of offering us the very essence of the music he interprets, its deepest meanings and most fascinating facets. For the Chopin Etudes opp. 10 & 25, Perahia conjures up from his marvellous keyboard a stunning palette of feelings such as tender love (op.25, No.7 - "Cello"), despair and melancholy (op.10, No.3 - "Tristesse"), exuberance (op.10, No.5 - "Black Key"), grief, boldness and fury (op.10, No.12 - "Revolutionary"), or natural phenomena such as rain (op.10, No. 4 - "Torrent"), tempest (op.25, No.11 - "Winter wind"), spring aromas (op.25, No.2 - "Balm"), starry sky or big weaves of the ocean (op.25, No.12 - "Ocean").
In other words, through this prize-winning recording, Perahia is sharing with us all that Chopin's music has so uniquely treasured. And - believe me! - he is doing it in grand style!
A welcome bonus are the extra tracks with the 4 Impromptus (from an older recording of Perahia), especially the wonderful Fantasie-Impromptu in C sharp minor op.66, a distinguished jewel concluding a remarkable achievement!
As a personal note, I am proud to add that I`ve had two times the rare opportunity to listen to Murray Perahia performing live to a crowded Romanian Athenee (a gem concert hall in Bucharest), during the recent editions of the "George Enescu" International Festival in 2007, and 2009 respectively. On the former occasion, Perahia offered a sparkling recital that included Chopin's Etudes op.10 No.4 and op.25 No.1, along with the 3rd Ballad, gathered, as one of the encores, by the above invoked Fantasie-Impomptu. On the latter one, Perahia assumed gloriously the double role of conductor and soloist of his renowned Academy-of-Saint-Martin-in-the-Fields, in Mozart and Bach keyboard concertos. Overwhelming and unforgettable experiences for me!
Both his live concerts and his recordings made me regard Murray Perahia as a subtle poet of the piano, a mature artist who loves to combine artistic boldness with stylistic rigour in order to obtain valuable renditions of the masterpieces he tackles.
Don't hesitate to buy this CD, as it is still available!