Murray Perahia

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

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

Track Listing - Disc 4

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

Track Listing - Disc 6

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

Track Listing - Disc 11

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

Track Listing - Disc 13

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

Track Listing - Disc 27

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream