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  Murray Perahia Plays Bach
  Bach: Italian Concerto BWV 971, Concerto in A minor for Flute, Violin & Piano BWV 1044, Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 BWV 1050

Murray Perahia (piano)
Track listing:
  Classical - Instrumental
  Single Layer
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Review by beardawgs February 6, 2004 (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
Another one beyond the criticism, butÖ

Perahia is a leading Bach authority. No dispute about that. Also, I personally prefer Bach keyboard music played on the piano than on the harpsichord. And Perahia (just like Andras Schiff) has a perfect balance and measure. All that is evident throughout this disc. What Iím not sure about this time is his choice of music. He can obviously record whatever he wants, but I donít necessary agree in treating Brandenburg Concerto no. 5 as a show off piece (just) for the pianist.

To be honest, both concertos sound a bit on the Ďheavyí side. IMO it works better with a Ďproperí concerto for flute and violin, but Brandenburg 5 lacks some impact and drive. It is after all a concerto grosso, where all the soloists and tutti have equally important roles. Furthermore, they all sound a bit constrained in the first movement, as if they are all trying not to get in the way (at least not much) of the piano. Somehow, Perahiaís piano always dominates the sound picture. I couldnít escape for a second being reminded who is the star performer here. As if the rest of the concerto was recorded around the long and elaborate piano cadenza, where I still didnít hear much Bach, but Perahia and Perahia again.

Italian concerto is as good as you can expect from Perahia. But I donít like one bit the concept of this disc. The playing is superb, the recording is equally good, itís just that there is not much Bachís music here. Itís all about Perahia.

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Works: 3  

Johann Sebastian Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050
Johann Sebastian Bach - Italienisches (Italian) Concerto in F, BWV 971 (Clavier-Übung II)
Johann Sebastian Bach - Triple Concerto in A minor for Flute, Violin & Harpsichord, BWV 1044