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A series of three chamber concerts celebrated the Hungarian cellist Miklós Perényi’s 60 anniversary with one of his closest musical colleagues the Hungarian pianist András Schiff. This recording is a document of the concerts held in their alma mater the Liszt Academy of Music Budapest, which for four hours offered a unique experience of music performed by two outstanding musicians.
Perényi had finished his studies both at the Music Academy Budapest with Miklós Zsámboki and Ede Banda and the Rome Santa Cecilia Academy at Enrico Mainardi. Schiff became a pupil of Pál Kadosa at Budapest and later immersed himself in the great European schools of performance like master classes by Amadeus Webersinke and George Malcolm.
The program was compiled by Miklós Perényi and András Schiff - all three concerts begin and end with Bach and Beethoven, bookending works by Mendelssohn, Chopin, Brahms, Debussy, Janácek and Bartok.
“…Perényi…plays with the mesmerising stillness and control of his compatriot János Starker, without the icy precision: there's spontaneity and warmth here, the occasional smile lights up his mournful clown face, though his bows to applause are almost comically shy. Highlights include a vivid, rapturous Bartók Rhapsody and a brilliant Podháka, Janacek's deft miracle of duo composition. Mendelssohn's and Brahms's Sonata No. 1 are warmly flowing and sure, while their Chopin sonata reaches its climax in a magnificently intense slow movement.”
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