Piano Concert 2

Academy of St Martin in the Fields | Tomo Keller | Murray Perahia
Fri, 22 November 2013 | 19.30 | KKL Luzern, Concert Hall | 809
Murray Perahia (Felix Broede/Sony) 

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields | Tomo Keller direction (Stravinsky) | Murray Perahia piano and direction (Haydn, Beethoven)

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
Dumbarton Oaks. Concerto in E-flat for Chamber Orchestra

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
Symphony in B-flat major, Hob. I:77

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73

When Murray Perahia is the performer, Beethoven is in the best hands. Born in 1947 in New York but a resident of London for nearly forty years, this is a musician who knows the piano works of the great “Titan” like few others; Perahia is indeed preparing the Urtext edition of the complete Beethoven piano sonatas for the music publisher Henle. And he has likewise been devoted to the five piano concertos throughout his entire pianistic career, whether performing with the major conductors or – as in this concert – himself playing the roles of soloist and conduct simultaneously. Perahia explains that this double role allows him to elaborate on the chamber music-like interplay between the soloist and the orchestra. As far as he’s concerned, it’s not a matter of “one against all,” of soloist pitted against ensemble, but of dialogue and cooperation. “More than any other pianist, Perahia allows the music to flow naturally” is how Reinhard Brembeck, writing in the Süddeutsche Zeitung, recently described the equally subtle and unforced art of the American, who “never becomes lost in sentimentality.” In the end it’s sincerity alone which counts.


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