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Vlado Perlemuter - A Recital



An internationally renowned interpreter of Chopin, Debussy and Ravel, Vlado Perlemuter continued the great French tradition of his teacher, Alfred Cortot. His art is characterised by shimmering tonal colours and a singing legato combined with an effortless ease of interpretation. Vlado Perlemuter was born in Poland, but came to Paris as a child to study at the Conservatoire, first with Moszkowski then, later, with Cortot. At fifteen, he won First Prize at the Conservatoire playing Fauré’s Thème et variations before the composer. Similar successes followed, including the Prix Diémer in 1921, and he was quickly launched upon an international career which spanned over seventy years.

Vlado Perlemuter - A Recital


I was interested to see that the Toccata from Pour le Piano comes not from the December 1985 session but from one made in May the following year. I assume either he didn’t record it in December or (more likely?) he was dissatisfied with the results. Inevitably Perlemuter slowed as he aged. There is a BBC broadcast of Pour le piano from 1968 (issued in the BBC Music Magazine) in which things are very much more vital and zestful, in which articulation is crisper and the results very different from the invariably more laboured playing here. . This is a somewhat catch-all disc but it does preserve playing of great character and imagination.
I’m sure no encouragement from me is necessary to acquire some of Perlemuters discs. Selectivity will prove rewarding. Enlightenment will be permanent.
Jonathan Woolf,