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Pianists who take up the baton

By Stephen Everson   January 2004

Three years ago Murray Perahia took up the post of principal guest conductor of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. As their series of recordings of the Bach keyboard concertos testifies, he has established an extraordinary rapport with them. Perahia’s pianism has always been marked by a flexibility and spontaneity that is secured on the disciplines of a thorough analysis of the music and a technique that is second to none. His work with the academy has shown how satisfying that combination of freedom and rigour can be in orchestral work too. In December, they came to the…

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