Started by XB-70 Valkyrie, April 28, 2007, 01:26:58 AM
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Quote from: O Mensch on April 28, 2007, 05:41:43 AMMurray Perahia is amazing. Heard him live a few times. My only beef with him is that sometimes it seems he is too focussed on trying to produce a beautiful tone and the drama of the work falls by the wayside or is vastly understated. But there is nothing interpretively odd that he ever does. My favorite recording would be his Handel/Scarlatti disc.
Quote from: zamyrabyrd on April 28, 2007, 07:16:59 AMHaving heard him two months ago in master classes, he didn't come through as being engrossed with sound per se, not nearly as much as Barenboim for instance. Rather his first concern is structure and communicating the music. How timbre fits in with all that is secondary and also has to do with style and period.
Quote from: O Mensch on April 28, 2007, 10:03:52 AMYou misunderstand me. I didn't mean that he's engrossed with sound at all. Only that he has more or less one and the same very round and pretty tone for everything he does. Indeed quite unlike Barenboim whom you inexplicably dislike, but whom I admire particularly for his ability to vary timbres in proportion to what is happening with the music.
Quote from: Que on April 28, 2007, 06:55:06 AMI have mixed feelings on Perahia. Technically he is almost non pareil. But he does suffer from the inclination to prettify.Some Murray Perahia I like - I was pleasantly surprised by his Schubert in particular. Q
Quote from: Bunny on April 28, 2007, 11:23:59 AMI love Murray Perahia, but not everything he does. I was actually disappointed by his recording of Schubert's D.960, although the other two sonatas in the recording were deeply satisfying. Sometimes when I listen to him it is as if his fingers hover above the keyboard without touching it, the keys playing purely through the strength of his mental concentration. The notes seem to float, disembodied, through the air because there is so little percussive quality to his tone. However, there are times when you really need to hear the finger striking the key, and that's when I find him lacking. I love his Goldbergs, but his Emperor concerto needs a little more oomph. The same with the D.960; so much lyrical grace but not quite enough virility.
Quote from: MrOsa on April 28, 2007, 01:17:46 PMMay I suggest that the author of the initial post correct the spelling in the thread subject (by using the Modify function)?
Quote from: Don on April 28, 2007, 02:15:58 PMMy favorite Perahia recordings are his Bach English Suites, Mozart Piano Concertos and the Beethoven/Mozart Piano and Winds Quintets. Overall, I find his reputation greater than deserved. My least favorite Perahia disc is his Handel/Scarlatti where he tends to take Handel into the 19th century with a romanticized style entirely to my disliking.
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