Murray Perahia Releases New Album of Bach Partitas 1, 5 & 6
This eagerly awaited follow-up to his University Acclaimed First Partita Album is available September 1st
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“No one does it better than Murray Perahia” — San Francisco Chronicle, review of Bach Partitas 2, 3, 4
Pianist Murray Perahia has captivated listeners for more than 30 years with playing of unrestrained elegance and generous insight. The two-time Grammy® Award-winner has become one of the most sought-after and cherished pianists of our time. Sony Classical’s new release of Perahia’s Bach: Partitas 1, 5, and 6 is the follow-up to his universally acclaimed recording of Partitas 2, 3, and 4, which consolidated Perahia’s reputation as one of today’s foremost interpreters of Bach’s keyboard music. The recording is available on September 1, 2009.
The partitas were the first works ever published by Bach, and so he bestowed upon them the considerable honor of naming them his “Opus 1.” Bach originally designed the partitas as keyboard exercises of a certain complexity to sustain the attention of music lovers and practitioners while also bringing them considerable joy. One can only imagine what Bach — ever the humble servant of music as both a performer and a pedagogue — must have thought when his published series of compositions went on to become bestsellers.
From the moment Murray Perahia lays his hands on the keys for the prelude to Partita No. 1, listeners are aware that they are in the presence of a formidable musician of considerable gifts who has mastered the style of these works. His special association with Bach is evident in his previous recordings of Bach keyboard concertos, the Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, and The Goldberg Variations, which was on the Top 10 Billboard Classical chart for 15 weeks.
Perahia’s wide and varied discography has brought him two Grammy® Awards, for his recordings of Frederic Chopin’s complete Etudes, Op. 10 and Op. 25 and Bach’s English Suites Nos. 1, 3, and 6, and numerous Grammy nominations; he has also won several Gramophone Awards. He has been an exclusive Sony Classical artist for more than 25 years.
In 2009–10, Perahia performs recitals across North America including at New York’s Carnegie Hall and tours in Europe in the fall and spring with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.