Murray Perahia plays Beethoven Piano Concertos with Academy of St Martin in the Fields — Classical Source

The final leg of Murray Perahia’s survey of Beethoven’s Piano Concertos, ending with the ‘Emperor’.

I heard Murray Perahia play this last week in Birmingham; the review here is for the London concert. It was simply brilliant. I agree with most everything in this review. It points out that this was a semi-historically informed performance, with a relatively small orchestra (around 40 musicians), that brought out the orchestral lines very well. I wish I had seen the previous concerts with the other concertos, and I wish these had been recorded. (Perhaps they were…)

I disagree about the 1st Symphony, however. It was stodgy and far too Haydnesque. Only the final movement had vigor.

But I consider myself lucky to have heard Murray Perahia play this, the king of piano concertos.

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2 thoughts on “Murray Perahia plays Beethoven Piano Concertos with Academy of St Martin in the Fields — Classical Source

  1. Of course we all have our own idea of ‘king’, but both the Brahms and the third Rach are far more interesting. For starters.

  2. Of course we all have our own idea of ‘king’, but both the Brahms and the third Rach are far more interesting. For starters.

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