Perlemuter had carte blanche to record what he wanted from his repertoire for Nimbus. He chose three Beethoven sonatas – the Waldstein is on NI 5350 – and the Eroica variations, the last of which derives from a Birmingham performance. What is revealing about the Appassionata, in particular, is Perlemuter’s explicit revelation of the harmonic implications of the music, notably the left hand steps in the central movement. What may seem didactic in other hands is here a study in carefully balanced drama. One may not think of him as a Beethovenian, but clearly he approached the few works he chose to record in a spirit of precision and concentration.
Jonathan Woolf Musicweb-international.com