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.
Radu Lupu and Murray Perahia should have recorded all of Mozart's piano music for four hands, which includes several neglected masterpieces. This disc reflects their ideal partnership, two artists of great sensitivity collaborating in performances that feature constant interplay of parts, alertness to each other's work, and superb playing as individuals. The Concerto for Two Pianos ripples along without a care in the world, just as it should, and the English Chamber Orchestra doesn't seem to care that nobody is conducting it. The pieces without orchestra are a bit less significant (as is the Concerto for Three Pianos), but the playing is so beautiful you won't care.
This musical release from the hard rock band Michael Schenker Group captures a live performance, recorded in Tokyo in January of 2010. Some of the tracks featured in the concert include "Welcome Howl", "Feels Like a Good Thing", "Cry for the Nations", "Let Sleeping Dogs Lie", and more…