Murray Perahia - took the later 20th century Music world by storm.

Murray Perahia In Recital At WNCN, New York – 1983 – Past Daily Mid-Week Concert

Murray Perahia - took the later 20th century Music world by storm.
Murray Perahia – took the later 20th century Music world by storm.

WNCN-FM – Murray Perahia In Recital – March 21, 1983 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –

Something special and historic this week – a broadcast-only recital by legendary pianist Murray Perahia, given in the studios of long-defunct New York Fine Arts station WNCN on March 21, 1983.

A relaxed setting, with a small audience and a fascinating interview conducted between pieces by host David Dubal, all in a one-hour program.

Here’s what’s on the player:
1. Beethoven – Sonata Number 7 – op. 10 nr.3
2. Mendelssohn: Variations Serieuse
3. Schubert: Impromptu in B-Flat

In the more than 40 years he has been performing on the concert stage, American pianist Murray Perahia has become one of the most sought-after and cherished pianists of our time, performing in all of the major international music centers and with every leading orchestra. He is the Principal Guest Conductor of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, with whom he has toured as conductor and pianist throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, and South East Asia.

Born in New York, Mr. Perahia started playing piano at the age of four, and later attended Mannes College where he majored in conducting and composition. His summers were spent at the Marlboro Festival, where he collaborated with such musicians as Rudolf Serkin, Pablo Casals, and the members of the Budapest String Quartet. He also studied at the time with Mieczyslaw Horszowski. In subsequent years, he developed a close friendship with Vladimir Horowitz, whose perspective and personality were an abiding inspiration. In 1972 Mr. Perahia won the Leeds International Piano Competition, and in 1973 he gave his first concert at the Aldeburgh Festival, where he worked closely with Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears, accompanying the latter in many lieder recitals. Mr. Perahia was co-artistic director of the Festival from 1981 to 1989.

Mr. Perahia has a wide and varied discography. Sony Classical has issued a special boxed set edition of all his recordings including several DVDs entitled The First 40 Years. His recording of Brahms Händel Variations, which won the Grammophone Award in 2011, has been called “one of the most rewarding Brahms recitals currently available.” Some of his previous solo recordings feature a 5-CD boxed set of his Chopin recordings, Bach’s Partitas Nos. 1, 5, and 6 and Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas, opp 14, 26, and 28. He is the recipient of two Grammy awards, for his recordings of Chopin’s complete Etudes and Bach’s English Suites Nos. 1, 3, and 6, and numerous Grammy nominations. Mr. Perahia has also won several Gramophone Awards.

Enjoy the concert and the interview.

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