Murray Perahia is a brilliant pianist. One of my favorites for 30 years. I just bought his box set "The First 40 Years" released by Sony Classics in 2012, and I am on a journey of immense discovery. And in the set there it was, this CD of Chopin with this beautiful cover, recorded in 1985. On the first listen, it offered the expected from Perahia playing Chopin: nuanced, poetic, precise, but not too tragic as I have found with other pianists at times. Beautiful in all aspects.
And then the journey deepened as I listened more and more. Impromptu Op. 36 started revealing itself in its poetic serenity.
And Finally, I stumbled upon this one piece that has since transported me into heaven: Berceuse Op.57. My first thought was "I am in the presence of God". This piece has lifted my spirit to outer space. I find it ethereal. Unreal perhaps. Divine.
The world is truly a better place because of people like Chopin.
Thank you Mr. Perahia for your inspired playing!