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Chopin: 4 Ballades / Perahia
Murray Perahia
Chopin: 4 Ballades / Perahia
Genre: Classical
 
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Chopin: Ballades, Waltzes Op. 18 & 42, Nocturne, Op. 15 No. 1; Mazurkas Op. 7 No. 3, Op. 17 No. 4, Op. 33 No. 2, Etudes Op. 10 Nos. 3 & 4 / Murray Perahia

      
   
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All Artists: Murray Perahia
Title: Chopin: 4 Ballades / Perahia
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Total Copies: 2
Label: Sony Classical
Release Date: 12/29/2009
Genre: Classical
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Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 074646439920

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Chopin: Ballades, Waltzes Op. 18 & 42, Nocturne, Op. 15 No. 1; Mazurkas Op. 7 No. 3, Op. 17 No. 4, Op. 33 No. 2, Etudes Op. 10 Nos. 3 & 4 / Murray Perahia

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Too Perfect?
C. Pontus T. | 02/27/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I have tried hard to like this recording as much as other reviewers, but I can't quite muster the same enthusiasm. Perahia plays with amazing accuracy, sensitivity and beauty of tone. The recording is gorgeous -- full bodied yet detailed. Yet when I listen to large chucks of this recital I find myself daydreaming, even dozing. Can music be too beautifully played? I tried an experiment last night: after not making it through the Perahia disk once again, I put on some of Samson Francois' Chopin. Francois is not one of my favorite pianists, and I find his Chopin odd, quirky, sometimes even ugly. But by God I was riveted to every note, and it was worth it because ever so often he would transport me to Heaven. I don't think Perahia ever quite manages that on this recording. In the Ballades I prefer Zimerman. The Waltzes are wonderful performances, but after that the energy level drops off -- too many slow Nocturnes, Mazurkas and Etudes in a row. Since Perahia plays with so much tasteful understatement -- he never gets rowdy and bangs out the beat like Friedman in the Mazurkas -- the effect is soporific."
A must-have for any Chopin lover!
05/07/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have gotten to know Murrray Perahia better through his wonderful CD on Schuberts Impromptus. My listening to Chopin was more directed towards Rubenstein and Michelangeli. This CD is an eye-opener to the artistic diversity and capacity of Murray Perahia. The Ballads show depth, sensitivity, and drama. The CD has instantly earned its place among my favorites."
A virtuoso performance
Davey Jay | 01/27/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Ballades are played with technical flawlessness, energy, and brilliance. However, in some passages his playing seems to lack sufficient emotion. Perhaps some would consider this restraint and dispassionateness a virtue. But I tend to favor a more Rachmaninoffian emphasis on melody lines. Chopin, after all, was a Romantic composer. On the whole, though, highly recommended."