Perahia Plays Schumann
Label: SONY CLASSICAL
Sony Music Entertainment is pleased to announce another ten releases in its increasingly comprehensive series of Classical Masters. These new box sets contain classic interpretations by some of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century. The recordings of three outstanding pianists are a central attraction of this batch of reissues. Often described as “a musician’s musician”, Murray Perahia “has a magic touch and his electric spontaneity is naturally caught in the studio,” wrote the Penguin Guide. “In the works of Schumann … this quality of concentration is enormously valuable, and the results could hardly be more powerfully convincing.” This new reissue collects all of Perahia’s solo Schumann along with his 1997 recording of the works for piano and orchestra – with Claudio Abbado conducting the Berlin Philharmonic – performed with “refreshing eagerness … unflagging strength of direction … inexhaustible rhythmic buoyancy” (Gramophone). There is also a very special bonus: the first release of a recital of Schumann lieder – including the Op. 39 Liederkreis – in which Murray Perahia accompanies Sir Peter Pears. It proved to be the great English tenor’s last recording, yet, observed The New York Times, “his technical flexibility, warmth of spirit, superb diction and impeccable phrasing continue to excite admiration, even at age 70”.