Ries Overture: Liska oder Die Hexe von Gyllensteen Beethoven Piano Concerto No 2 Schubert (arr. Joachim) Grand Duo Academy of St Martin in the Fields Murray Perahia piano/conductor Kenneth Sillito director
Murray Perahia is held in great affection by all piano lovers of today. An innately intelligent and thoughtful artist, he seems devotedly at the service of the music he performs, and in being so to effortlessly reveal so much of its humanity. His relationship with the superb ensemble the Academy of St Martin in the Fields has been a fruitful one, their recordings of Bach keyboard concertos highlights of the catalogue. This concert sees them perform Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 2 – though a relatively young work it possesses evidence of the passion and power for which the composer was to become known, its central Adagio movement particularly elegant and graceful. Schubert's Grand Duo was, as the name suggests, originally a work for two pianos, but in 1855 the violinist Joseph Joachim created an orchestral arrangement, fully realising the work's symphonic ambitions. The concert opens with an overture by Ferdinand Ries, a pupil and friend of Beethoven.
''The Academy players were alert to Perahia's every nuance.' The Guardian
'This was playing of astonishing vitality and grace, and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, clearly inspired by Perahia, rose to the occasion with infectious excitement.' BBC Music Magazine