Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 14 (Moonlight) & 29 (Hammerklavier)—Murray Perahia

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 14 (Moonlight) & 29 (Hammerklavier)—Murray Perahia

Legendary American pianist Murray Perahia continues his Indian Summer of recordings on the prestigious yellow label. Other DG house star pianists in their twilight recording years have not been so successful. Perahia's first release was a marvellous musical achievement. This new Beethoven recording is also very fine, but here, the competition is fierce. 

Perahia has recorded the Beethoven Sonatas before on Sony (or Columbia before Sony). They were always mainstream views of Beethoven's towering works; very well played and recorded. Though they did little to supplant Stephen Kovacevich, Schnabel, Gilels and several other Beethoven luminaries and their giant, universe striding interpretations. Want in on ALL the secrets, better get Artur Schnabel.

CANJAM NYC 2018

CANJAM NYC 2018

Just as last year, CANJAM NYC took place again this year Saturday and Sunday, February 17-18, and at the same venue in the theatre district of Manhattan, NYC: The New York Marriott Marquis, at West 46th Street and Broadway. I arrived on a clear, sunny, lively Saturday 17th (but oddly, by 6PM it was cold and there was a snowstorm!); the streets were bustling with tourists and locals. To the right of the venue was showing the famous play ‘Hamilton’ at the Richard Rogers Theatre.

CANJAM NYC is one of the CanJam Global premier shows that are produced by Head-Fi.org, the world’s largest headphone and personal audio community. This year it was sponsored by Meze Audio and Sennheiser. Located on the 6th Floor of the hotel, it took up the huge Broadway Ballroom, and a handful of smaller rooms on the sidelines. When I arrived at 11:00 a.m. (opening time) there already was a huge line of anxious enthusiasts registering; I was once again (as last year) warmly greeted by Marjorie Baumert (more widely known for organizing the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest (RMAF), Denver Colorado) who was working the registration area, and making sure all was going smoothly—it was.