Tuesday, March 14, 2006

We love Murray Perahia, especially his Bach. (Translation: Go get his Goldbergs, even if you have the Master's recording on your shelf.) Fine. Perahia plays good Bach.

Perahia also plays Chopin, and not poorly. And when we heard him playing the Revolutionary etude, we thought he might be doing something right. Jean-Ives Thibaudet (how the fk do you say that guy's first name, anyway?), though, blew us away with the same. Thibaubet, like Yo-yo Ma, is a prima donna whose recorded music relies heavily on the sound engineering to create a lot of atmosphere (like in his performances for the Pride and Prejudice soundtrack), but man, it sounds just right sometimes, you know?

1 comment:

  1. I suppose it's a bit cliche to say Glenn Gould does better Goldberg Variation.

    Incidentally, Murray has an extensive essay about Goldberg Variation posted online somewhere.