P0035. VLADO PERLEMUTER: Ravel Recital; w. Horenstein Cond. Concerts Colonne Orch.: Concerto for the Left Hand; Piano Concerto in G (both Ravel). 2-Vox CDX 5507, recorded 1955. Very long out-of-print, final ever-so-slightly used copy. - 04716355072
“In 1915 Perlemuter began studying with Moritz Moszkowski, and in 1917 was accepted into Alfred Cortot's class at the Paris Conserva toire. From Moszkowski he learnt clarity and an imaginative choice of fingering, from Cortot a greater depth of tone and an artistic grasp of great music, much of it from listening to Cortot himself playing.
In 1919, after Perlemuter had won the most coveted prize at the Conservatoire, he went to Geneva to give his first public recital in La Salle des Abeilles. He returned to the city to give his last concert, in the Victoria Hall, shortly before his 90th birthday. In the two years following his début, he spent his holidays in Annecy, near Geneva, and there played Fauré's last nocturnes and the piano solo version of his Ballade to the composer.
Apart from Cortot, the two pianists who made the greatest impact on Perlemuter in his early days were Busoni and Rachmaninov; he was impressed by their ‘orchestral’ style of playing, and no doubt by a quality of interpretation which came from the fact that they were composers of substantial importance. One remarkable thing about him is that he never grew stale, that after half-a-century he still engaged in slow and humble practice with the left hand of pieces that he had known all his life. His unceasing quest was rather to realise his poetic intentions, and they imposed a complete independence of the two hands, and a mastery of the greatest possible range of tone-colour.”
- Victor & Marina Ledin