The ghost of Schweitzer hovers around this recording beyond the fact that it is dedicated to the Albert Schweitzer Institute for the Humanities. The programme includes, in the three chorale preludes, Schweitzer’s favourite Bach works, and the magnificent Arp Schnitger organ at Zwolle was one he himself played. More than that, though, Michael Murray’s performances are strongly influenced by, if not deliberately modelled on, Schweitzer’s style of Bach playing.
Schweitzer’s Bach was statuesque; the music placed on a plinth with every individual note painstakingly sculpted to derive maximum emotional and symbolic significance. The resulting performances unfold with a grandiloquence and weight quite at odds with the more matter-of-fact style of modern-day Bach playing.– Marc Rochester, Gramophone [5/1997]
This collection reveals the variety of literary forms and visual media through which travel records were conveyed in the long nineteenth century, bringing together a group of leading researchers from a range of disciplines to explore the relationship between travel writing, visual representation and formal innovation.
The second "odyssey" in Salzburg's Irrfahrten trilogy is a journey to Mozart's inner soul, interweaving text and film with instrumental, vocal and symphonic pieces. "One could become addicted to these ethereal sounds" (Salzburger Nachrichten).
The last "odyssey" iuxtaposes two unfinished comic operas L' oca del Cairo and Lo sposo deluso, with the overwhelming Requiem Mozart died before completing "A considerable music dramatic achievement A tremendous success for the ensemble" (Kronen Zeitung).
In recognition of his 40th anniversary with the label, Sony Classical is proud to present Murray Perahia: The First 40 Years.
This limited- edition box set includes the artist’s complete recordings for Sony Classical on 68 CDs packaged in mini sleeves featuring the original album cover artwork.