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Murray Perahia signs to DG after 43 years with CBS and Sony / Rhinegold Publishing

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Murray Perahia has signed a recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon, thus ending a 43-year partnership with with CBS and its later incarnation, Sony Classical. Sony's Berlin headquarters declined to comment on the move but it triggered a fresh storm of criticism on social media of Bogdan Roscic, the label's president.

Born in New York in 1947, Perahia was a prodigious talent who gained the support of Benjamin Britten, Peter Pears and Vladimir Horowitz, and he signed with CBS in 1973, a year after winning the Leeds International Piano Competition. His 80 recordings with CBS and Sony have attracted almost unanimous critical praise and a myriad of prizes including eight Gramophone awards. Deutsche Grammophon said in a statement that Perahia ‘intends to record key works from his repertoire, thereby preserving insights gained over the course of a career that began in the mid-1960s and continues to flourish as he approaches his 70th birthday next April'. That mission begins in October.

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