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

Murray Perahia

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

by Patsy Morita

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 Murray Perahia 01:40 SpotifyAmazon
2 Murray Perahia 01:33 SpotifyAmazon
3 Murray Perahia 01:19 SpotifyAmazon
4 Murray Perahia 00:50 SpotifyAmazon
5 Murray Perahia 01:43 SpotifyAmazon
6 Murray Perahia 01:52 SpotifyAmazon
7 Murray Perahia 02:39 SpotifyAmazon
8 Murray Perahia 00:39 SpotifyAmazon
9 Murray Perahia 00:55 SpotifyAmazon
10 Murray Perahia 01:30 SpotifyAmazon
11 Murray Perahia 01:49 SpotifyAmazon
12 Murray Perahia 00:38 SpotifyAmazon
13 Murray Perahia 03:05 SpotifyAmazon
14 Murray Perahia 02:11 SpotifyAmazon
15 Murray Perahia 01:13 SpotifyAmazon
16 Murray Perahia 01:17 SpotifyAmazon
17 Murray Perahia 03:24 SpotifyAmazon
18 Murray Perahia 01:52 SpotifyAmazon
Fantasiestücke, Op. 12
19 Murray Perahia 04:02 SpotifyAmazon
20 Murray Perahia 02:52 SpotifyAmazon
21 Murray Perahia 02:39 SpotifyAmazon
22 Murray Perahia 02:52 SpotifyAmazon
23 Murray Perahia 03:43 SpotifyAmazon
24 Murray Perahia 02:52 SpotifyAmazon
25 Murray Perahia 02:20 SpotifyAmazon
26 Murray Perahia 04:32 SpotifyAmazon

Track Listing - Disc 4

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

Track Listing - Disc 6

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

Track Listing - Disc 11

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

Track Listing - Disc 13

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