Murray Perahia

Murray Perahia: The First 40 Years [Includes Bonus DVDs]

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This lavish box set contains a whopping 68 discs, a hardcover book, and five DVDs; in short, it's Murray Perahia's entire recorded career through 2010. Although the title says "The First 40 Years," the final disc in the set is a Vox Turnabout disc of Mozart chamber music that Perahia recorded with Boris Kroyt and Harold Wright in 1967, but not released until 1976. Chamber music is not something Perahia is usually known for, nor is vocal music. There are recordings with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (also on one of the DVDs) and with Peter Pears among the many, many discs of solo piano works and concertos. With so much to choose from, listeners might start with what established Perahia as a gifted artist: his cycle of Mozart's concertos with the English Chamber Orchestra, which he conducted from the piano. Next would be his Bach recordings from the late-1990s and 2000s. In between are composers from Scarlatti to Bartók, all performed with Perahia's clear and singing tone, and phrasing that is straightforward and precise, yet engaging and conveying an affirmative sense of the music as works of art. The DVDs include live recitals from 1973 and 1989, and filmed performances of four Mozart concertos with interviews. As with any set like this, the sound quality varies from disc to disc, but is generally very good to excellent.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6
1 01:40 Amazon
2 01:33 Amazon
3 01:19 Amazon
4 00:50 Amazon
5 01:43 Amazon
6 01:52 Amazon
7 02:39 Amazon
8 00:39 Amazon
9 00:55 Amazon
10 01:30 Amazon
11 01:49 Amazon
12 00:38 Amazon
13 03:05 Amazon
14 02:11 Amazon
15 01:13 Amazon
16 01:17 Amazon
17 03:24 Amazon
18 01:52 Amazon
Fantasiestücke, Op. 12
19 04:02 Amazon
20 02:52 Amazon
21 02:39 Amazon
22 02:52 Amazon
23 03:43 Amazon
24 02:52 Amazon
25 02:20 Amazon
26 04:32 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 4

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
24 Préludes, Op. 28
1 00:39 Amazon
2 01:39 Amazon
3 00:58 Amazon
4 01:49 Amazon
5 00:32 Amazon
6 01:53 Amazon
7 00:42 Amazon
8 01:59 Amazon
9 01:18 Amazon
10 00:25 Amazon
11 00:37 Amazon
12 01:07 Amazon
13 02:46 Amazon
14 00:30 Amazon
15 05:04 Amazon
16 01:06 Amazon
17 02:59 Amazon
18 00:51 Amazon
19 01:24 Amazon
20 01:35 Amazon
21 02:00 Amazon
22 00:41 Amazon
23 01:05 Amazon
24 02:31 Amazon
25 04:30 Amazon
26 00:47 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 6

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Études symphoniques in C sharp minor, Op. 13
1 01:25 Amazon
2 01:19 Amazon
Symphonic Etudes in Variation Form, WoO 6
3 01:08 Amazon
Études symphoniques in C sharp minor, Op. 13
4 01:20 Amazon
5 01:20 Amazon
6 00:59 Amazon
7 01:23 Amazon
Symphonic Etudes in Variation Form, WoO 6
8 02:06 Amazon
Études symphoniques in C sharp minor, Op. 13
9 01:01 Amazon
10 01:11 Amazon
Symphonic Etudes in Variation Form, WoO 6
11 02:19 Amazon
12 01:38 Amazon
Études symphoniques in C sharp minor, Op. 13
13 02:14 Amazon
14 00:39 Amazon
Symphonic Etudes in Variation Form, WoO 6
15 01:30 Amazon
Études symphoniques in C sharp minor, Op. 13
16 01:21 Amazon
17 02:19 Amazon
18 06:02 Amazon
Papillons, Op. 12
19 00:11 Amazon
20 00:42 Amazon
21 00:22 Amazon
22 00:47 Amazon
23 00:50 Amazon
24 01:27 Amazon
25 00:49 Amazon
26 00:55 Amazon
27 01:10 Amazon
28 00:41 Amazon
29 01:42 Amazon
30 02:22 Amazon
31 02:03 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 11

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Five Lieder, Op. 40
1 01:27 Amazon
2 02:46 Amazon
3 02:23 Amazon
4 02:34 Amazon
5 01:04 Amazon
Six Poems and Requiem, Op. 90
6 01:27 Amazon
7 02:49 Amazon
8 01:22 Amazon
9 01:53 Amazon
10 02:59 Amazon
11 01:26 Amazon
12 03:49 Amazon
Liederkreis, Op. 39
13 01:45 Amazon
14 02:00 Amazon
15 02:28 Amazon
16 01:25 Amazon
17 03:33 Amazon
18 01:22 Amazon
19 02:45 Amazon
20 01:30 Amazon
21 02:48 Amazon
22 03:10 Amazon
23 01:21 Amazon
24 01:24 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 13

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Piano Sonata, Sz 80
1 04:30 Amazon
2 04:51 Amazon
3 03:42 Amazon
Eight Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs, Sz 74
4 01:18 Amazon
5 00:54 Amazon
6 02:07 Amazon
7 00:35 Amazon
8 00:48 Amazon
9 01:15 Amazon
10 01:49 Amazon
11 01:45 Amazon
Suite, Sz 62
12 01:56 Amazon
13 01:45 Amazon
14 02:04 Amazon
15 02:52 Amazon
Out of Doors, Sz 81
16 01:48 Amazon
17 02:53 Amazon
18 03:00 Amazon
19 05:12 Amazon
20 02:08 Amazon