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    I’ve recently heard his great recording of Handel and Scarlatti, made in the mid 90s but sounding really fresh. I normally prefer this music on the harpsichord, eg Scott Ross for Scarlatti and Trevor Pinnock for Handel, but it doesn’t take long to get hooked by the sheer beauty of the playing and of course the absolutely flawless technique. Despite its age I would highly recommend this to anyone who hasn’t listened yet

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickmb View Post
    I’ve recently heard his great recording of Handel and Scarlatti, made in the mid 90s but sounding really fresh. I normally prefer this music on the harpsichord, eg Scott Ross for Scarlatti and Trevor Pinnock for Handel, but it doesn’t take long to get hooked by the sheer beauty of the playing and of course the absolutely flawless technique. Despite its age I would highly recommend this to anyone who hasn’t listened yet
    I've got this. Really fine playing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickmb View Post
    I’ve recently heard his great recording of Handel and Scarlatti, made in the mid 90s but sounding really fresh. I normally prefer this music on the harpsichord, eg Scott Ross for Scarlatti and Trevor Pinnock for Handel, but it doesn’t take long to get hooked by the sheer beauty of the playing and of course the absolutely flawless technique. Despite its age I would highly recommend this to anyone who hasn’t listened yet
    I agree with DavidA, it's mighty fine, just like many other things he recorded.
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    Best piano Goldbergs I know of (the Gould fans can pipe down a bit in the back there!!)

    Interesting side-fact: Perahia was mentored by Benjamin Britten to be Peter Pears' new accompanist, after his heart operation and mini-stroke left him unable to do the job himself.
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    Big fan of Perahia. I get a sense of purity in his playing of Bach. I really liked the English Suites in his hands.

    Am I correct that he has never recorded the Well Tempered Clavier? I wish he would.

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    I have been a fan of his for a long time cant say much more, the only thing that shook me was when I first heard him speak in an interview, what an accent is it a New York accent?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AbsolutelyBaching View Post
    perahia.jpg

    Best piano Goldbergs I know of (the Gould fans can pipe down a bit in the back there!!)

    Interesting side-fact: Perahia was mentored by Benjamin Britten to be Peter Pears' new accompanist, after his heart operation and mini-stroke left him unable to do the job himself.
    They are very fine. I don't think they replace the Gould but certainly stand alongside as an alternative

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    Here's where the triggered but polite HIPster says, "Ahem, yes, Perahia is also a superb performer of music that was written for the piano." And where oldsters having trouble coming to terms with their increasingly marginal place in the world say, "A recording made in the mid 1990s is old?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrdoc View Post
    I have been a fan of his for a long time cant say much more, the only thing that shook me was when I first heard him speak in an interview, what an accent is it a New York accent?
    Well according to Wiki he was born in New York and now lives in London. I can certainly hear an underlying American (couldn't really say New York or not) accent with a lot of English overlay. Also very proud that he has chosen our grey, rainy island to inhabit.

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    I have liked Perahia recordings a lot. I remember he did Brandenburg concerto No 5 and thought it may have been the best modern recording I have heard to date. I brought Perahia name up in forum before and you could have heard a pin drop. I guess there are still those in majority (consensus) that Perahia is not exactly up there with those other names repeatedly brought up. Well, does not matter to me as I listen to what I like, and Perahia does Chopin, Schubert, Bach, Beethoven. and of course Handel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigbang View Post
    I have liked Perahia recordings a lot. I remember he did Brandenburg concerto No 5 and thought it may have been the best modern recording I have heard to date. I brought Perahia name up in forum before and you could have heard a pin drop. I guess there are still those in majority (consensus) that Perahia is not exactly up there with those other names repeatedly brought up. Well, does not matter to me as I listen to what I like, and Perahia does Chopin, Schubert, Bach, Beethoven. and of course Handel.
    I don't see many mentions of Radu Lupu either. Are there temperamental similarities between Perahia and Lupu which do not score well in the comparison game? Not barnstorming enough? Too poetic? The recording they did together of Mozart 2 piano stuff was excellent.

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    I really like his Bach recordings, and his recording of the Goldbergs is also my favorite. His Schubert Impromptus are also very good.

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    He is certainly a highly proficient musician who eschews showmanship, produces beautiful sounds, and plays a large amount of repertoire impeccably. But I find his interpretations pretty shallow and glossy. I enjoy his Bach but it’s very smooth and pianistic, sometimes sacrificing the complexity of the counterpoint. His Mozart piano concerto set is probably the only other thing of his that, if I collected physical music, I would find indispensable to have on my shelf.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eclectic Al View Post
    I don't see many mentions of Radu Lupu either. Are there temperamental similarities between Perahia and Lupu which do not score well in the comparison game? Not barnstorming enough? Too poetic? The recording they did together of Mozart 2 piano stuff was excellent.
    I have this with Schubert(Perahia/Lupu) 4 hands in F minor...my favorite. I have not come across any recordings of Lupu to buy second hand and he appears be reclusive so this makes it hard to know more about his talents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigbang View Post
    I have this with Schubert(Perahia/Lupu) 4 hands in F minor...my favorite. I have not come across any recordings of Lupu to buy second hand and he appears be reclusive so this makes it hard to know more about his talents.
    I remember my parents were very keen on Lupu because he played in a chair, rather than on a stool. I think his Schubert is highly regarded in particular, although I cannot speak from personal experience.

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