Piano music for December

A little piano music this week, featuring the greats Daniel Barenboim and Murray Perahia!

ClassicalrecentDeca1The French Suites, J. S. Bach. Performed by Murray Perahia.
“One of the world’s best-loved artists, and a longtime proponent of Bach on the modern piano, Murray Perahia has been hailed as one of the composer’s ‘most rewarding interpreters both live and on disc’ and as a musician who ‘invariably strikes an ideal balance, playing with a beautiful sound, crystalline articulation, judicious use of pedal and an essential buoyant pulse’ (New York Times). For his debut recording on Deutsche Grammophon, Perahia turns to the six French Suites – works that are at once delicate, profound, tender and joyful, and all suffused with the rhythmic vitality of the dance.” (Cover)

ClassicalrecentDeca2On My New Piano. Performed by Daniel Barenboim.
“Daniel Barenboim’s first solo recording on the remarkable new concert grand he developed in collaboration with instrument maker Chris Maene. Barenboim has selected works by keyboard masters from different periods to display its special colours, transparency and tonal possibilities: ‘I’ve fallen in love with my new piano,’ he exclaims, ‘and want to spend as much time with it as possible.'” (Cover)

ClassicalrecentDeca3Béla Bartok. Performed by Cédric Tigerghien.
“This second album in Cédric Tiberghien’s highly praised survey reveals the radicalism of Bartók’s piano-writing to be just as evident in the early Bagatelles as it is in the lexicon of style and technique which is the fifth book of Mikrokosmos.” (amazon.com)