Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote 23 original concertos for piano and orchestra. These works, many of which Mozart composed for himself to play in the Vienna concert series of 1784–86, held special importance for him. For a long time relatively neglected, they are recognised as among his greatest achievements.
What is it about Perahia's art, some skeptics might ask, that is worth enduring? For one thing, as this 12-disc set amply demonstrates, there is his incredible tone. Clear as a bell, bright as the sky, and deep as the ocean, Perahia's tone is not only one of the wonders of the age, it's admirably suited to the pellucid loveliness of Mozart's music. For another thing, there is his unbelievable control.
During the 1970s and '80s, Murray Perahia recorded all the Mozart piano concertos with the English Chamber Orchestra, conducting from the keyboard. His playing here is on the highest level-vibrant, unfailingly beautiful, wonderfully acute in its grasp of style and expression. Equally outstanding is the work of the ECO, which turns in an effortlessly brilliant performance of both scores.
Mozart: The Piano Concertos Murray Perahia. Concerto No. 12 in A Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 414. Murray Perahia & English Chamber Orchestra. Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 21 & 27. Chamber Orchestra of Europe & Murray Perahia.
Perahia Mozart Piano Concertos. Murray Perahia - Murray Perahia - Original Album Classics, 1992. All songs from Murray Perahia - Original Album Classics. Mozart: The Piano Concertos, 1991. Andante grazioso e variazioni from Sonata No. 12 in A Major for Piano, K. 331/300i 13:44. Вольфганг Амадей Моцарт, English Chamber Orchestra, Murray Perahia - II. Andante 10:33. Вольфганг Амадей Моцарт, English Chamber Orchestra, Murray Perahia - III. Allegro vivace 07:17. All songs from Mozart: Concertos No. 17 & 18 for Piano and Orchestra. All songs from Murray Perahia Plays and Conducts Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 12 & 27. Mozart: Three Concertos for Piano and Orchestra, K. 107 (after 3 Sonatas by J. C. Bach) & Schröter: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in C Major, Op. 3, No. 3, 1984.
Mozart - Complete Piano Concertos. Murray Perahia (piano). English Chamber Orchestra. Mozart concertos from the keyboard are unbeatable. There's a rightness, an effortlessness, about doing them this way that makes for heightened enjoyment. Length: 12 hours 28 minutes. 1-27. Christian Zacharias (piano and conductor).