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In the discography in the Wikipedia entry for Perahia there is nothing later than Brahms excluding that one Bartok recording (presumably done at Solti's suggestion). On Youtube, however, there is a selection from Rach's Op 39 (perhaps the influence of Horowitz?).

Article from 2008 on catalyst for Perahia's Bach recordings :
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/3671958/Why-Murray-Perahia-turned-to-Bach.html

 

He also did an album of Bartok solo piano works. Really good.

 

And he recorded a work by Michael Tippett.


Edited by Drosera - 1/18/14 at 1:53am
post #1217 of 8942
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He also did an album of Bartok solo piano works. Really good.

 

And he recorded a work by Michael Tippett.

Cheers. That's led me to see there is also apparently a piece of Berg in the 25th anniversary set according to a review on Amazon. Expect you wish he recorded more 20th century.

Seems a lot of Mozart recordings were happening in UK towards end of eighties early nineties; looking back was there almost a sense that traditional chamber orchestras and period instrument bands were competing? Perahia and Uchida (with Jeffrey Tate conducting) were even recording the same repetoire with same orchestra.

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let me take a wild guess

 

I have Anda's no. 21 (with no. 20), and will re-listen. My favorite no. 21--actually the only version I like--is:

 

 

It's somewhat Beethovenian, partly because of Lipatti's cadenza which sounds to me inspired by Beethoven's cadenza for no. 20.

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Well, if it was good enough for Bach....

 

Given the amount of music he composed for it, Bach obviously loved the harpsichord, as well as the organ. I think that there's definitely something about instruments where dynamics come about as a result of harmonic density and registration that makes them particularly well-suited to densely contrapuntal music. That's one of the things that makes Bach on the piano often so annoying to me. The graded dynamics at a pianist's disposal somehow almost force him/her to put them to use. And, unless the pianist in question is an exceptional genius (say Richter, Gould or Edwin Fischer), this simply doesn't work, because the music is very obviously not composed with this instrument in mind. 

 

[That quote by the way (by Beecham) obviously refers to something like the cast-iron frame Pleyel harpsichords of the early 20th century (of Wanda Landowska fame). And they actually rather do sound like that. Rather monotonous. Not at all like a good original harpsichord, actually.] 

I get your point although maybe there is reason to believe Bach didn't care much about specific instruments, since he transposed a lot of music to other instruments.

 

Whatever the case might be, I just can't handle the sound of a harpsicord, it's so darn annoying..:o

It's nearly as bad as the bagpipes.

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It's nearly as bad as the bagpipes.

Philistines! :biggrin:

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Some might say folks who like their Bach but dislike the harpsichord are in good company with András Schiff. Then again, hand on heart, you'd have to say if you dislike something chances are you are the one missing out. Not sure that sentiment extends to bagpipes though :o Maybe amigomatt would prefer Lancashire pipes :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnmuSxhfutg
Not sure from this what Lancashire pipes are though? Something to burn tobacco in perhaps? Or dodgy plumbing?

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I'd rather risk missing out then listen to a harpsicord :D 

 

I don't like the use of sustain pedal for Bach though, that's what I dislike about a lot of Bach piano players..

 

So yes, I like Gould's Bach best :p

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Here is a fascinating account of Bach's Goldberg Variations on the proper :evil: instrument:

 

 

In Stair's words:

 

"The work is totally suited to the harpsichord, whereas trying to play it on the piano is like attempting to square the circle."

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Here is a fascinating account of Bach's Goldberg Variations on the proper :evil: instrument:

 

 

In Stair's words:

 

"The work is totally suited to the harpsichord, whereas trying to play it on the piano is like attempting to square the circle."

Ahh Andreras Staier, I like his Schubert on forte piano!

 

I'll bet his Goldberg is great, I'll wait for the forte piano version hehe :p

 

My favorite Goldberg Variations is still the '81 Glenn Gould version, no harpsicord comes between me and Glenn, one of those sure things in life :D

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I have to make some adjustments in order to actually enjoy harpsichord, such as using headphones that have rolled off treble; tubes help too. But some rather different, very fine harpsichord styles appeal to me. Christophe Rousset is a viruoso, who tunes his instrument to be brighter than usual. He's also recorded some W.F. Bach. Masaaki Suzuki is a careful, thoughtful interpreter whose instrument sounds rather grungy.

 

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My problem with harpsichord recordings is that they are almost always miked too close and normalized up so the CD it twice as loud as other CDs when playing in a playlist. I go into iTunes and drag the volume of the track way down and it isn't quite so bad.

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My problem with harpsichord recordings is that they are almost always miked too close and normalized up so the CD it twice as loud as other CDs when playing in a playlist. I go into iTunes and drag the volume of the track way down and it isn't quite so bad.


Indeed, I think you can leave 'almost' out of that sentence. I haven't come across a single harpsichord cd where dynamic levels aren't ridiculously high. Combine that with sensitive headphones and I regularly run out of room at the lower end of the volume knob. Very annoying.

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hey guys I don't want to derail you guys from Baroque music but I am looking for a Peer Gynt recording...any suggestions?

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Kind of off topic: unfortunately Claudio Abbado has died. Despite different opinions I think he has a place in Classical music history.
Had the opportunity to watch him live at BPO. Will miss you Maestro.
Sad Monday news...
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