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The Aldeburgh Recital
Ludwig van Beethoven, Robert Schumann, Franz Liszt
The Aldeburgh Recital
Genre: Classical
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All Artists: Ludwig van Beethoven, Robert Schumann, Franz Liszt, Sergey Rachmaninov, Murray Perahia
Title: The Aldeburgh Recital
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Sony
Release Date: 1/18/1991
Genre: Classical
Styles: Forms & Genres, Fantasies, Short Forms, Sonatas, Historical Periods, Classical (c.1770-1830), Romantic (c.1820-1910)
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 074644643725

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An Amazing Live Recital
Garrett H. Hansen | New Jersey | 05/25/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is one of the most incredible live performances I've ever heard, plain and simple. The Beethoven variations are crisp and propulsive, an excellent opener to the program. Schumann's Carnival Jest is not my favorite piece, but Perahia performs it flawlessly.

The Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12 is the highlight of the disc - this is a work of staggering technical difficulty, and I'll be damned if I can find a single mistake. Perahia handles the crashing fortissimos and quiet delicacies with equal aplomb, and his wide trills (a favorite of Liszt) are perfect. This is one of the few pieces which still reliably gives me shivers.

The Consolation acts as a nice let-down from the bravura of the Rhapsody - it's like a Chopin nocturne, but with a little more sugar and a little less melodic inventiveness. As for the Rachmaninoff Etudes-Tableaux, they are played marvelously. No. 2 in C is spooky in its cross-rhythms and modal ambiguity, and Perahia's performance of No. 5 in E-flat minor, probably the most musically profound of them all, is my favorite on record.

Overall, an excellent CD well worth buying.
Best of numerous Perahia's disks
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I think this is the best recording of numerous Perahia's disks. As it's a live recording, we can listen to how he plays in front of live audiences. His performance here is much more lively and spontaneous than his studio recordings. In particular, his performance of Beethoven's "32 variations" is the best performance recorded so far."
Norman Duffy | Amsterdam | 02/26/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a terrific recital. It is virtually flawless technically and musically it lives up to Perahia's well earned reputation a great musician first. So I second the sentiments of the previous reviewers. I would recommend folks to seek out the video recording also made in the Maltings, Snape - home of the Aldburgh Festival and longtime residence of Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears. Its is a object lesson in how economically the greatest pianists play."