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I hope this hasn't already been posted. It is a very interesting interview with lots of amazing playing.

Sara Fishko Spends "An Hour With Murray Perahia"

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Murray Perahia is one of the very few living pianists whose recordings I will purchase sight unseen (or perhaps, hearing unheard!). He manages the fine art of being faithful to the score, without being slavishly dogmatized by it. I've enjoyed his Goldberg Variations more than either of Gould's recordings, and eagerly await his Chopin Etudes, which have been "in the can" for some time now.


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I have a video of Murray Peraphia playing Beethoven's op. 3 #2 (or is it op. 2 #3?, no I think the former). Anyway I liked it when I first watched it and remember telling my previous teacher about it. It turns out she went to high school with him! (along with Liza Minelli), but she was somewhat disappointed with this performance. I heard he was having problems with his hand(s)? Has anyone else heard this?


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From what I understood, he had cut his thumb and it became infected. I remember he was scheduled to play Beethoven #5 here in Cincinnati about 5 years ago but had to cancel because of it. I hadn't heard anything recently about him having more hand problems, but it seems to be cropping up for many professionals these days.

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ryan, I just listened to the interview and it was very interesting. Thanks much for posting the link. It answered my question about his hand, yes Brendan, you're correct: it started with a paper cut on his finger but it got complicated and eventually lead to the discovery of a bone burr ? or spur ?. Anyway it was surgically fixed. I guess I'm a bit behind the times!

I am going out tomorrow to find his Goldberg variations. What I heard of then in the interview sounded great, can't wait to hear the rest.


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Perahia is indeed one of the greatest living pianists of our time. Most of his released recordings IMHO are the very best. I agree that his Goldberg is, to me, even more convincing that that of Gould. Gould sort of resurrected Goldberg. Perahia added a whole dimension to it. His new and second release of Bach keyboard concerti together with the first release are must-haves for all pianophiles. I had goose-bumps all over when listening to these vibrant performances.

I'd like to recommend one of his recordings that I noticed that's seldom mentioned. To me, this really demonstrates how Liszt should be played:

Franck - Prelude, Chorale & Fugue
Liszt -
2 Concert Studies, S145
Au bord d'une source, S160
Mephisto Waltz No.1
Sonnet 104 del Petrarca, S161/5
Spanish Rhapsodie, S254
Label: Sony SK 47180
Recorded in March 1991

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Another article about maestro Perahia for those interested.

http://www.andante.com/magazine/article.cfm?id=16565

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for the Singaporeans out here, Murray Perahia will be performing here sometime in early June... I think it's the 2nd? or the 7th? Can't remember... he'll be playing 2 beethoven sonatas and a schubert sonata.


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