San Diego Story
April 25, 2016
Murray Perahia: the Pinnacle of Piano Performance
“When I first read through Murray Perahia’s Sunday (April 24) program on the La Jolla Music Society’s piano recital series, my heart sank. Nothing but the usual roundup of dead Europeans: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms. Like most critics, I am always itching for something new and enticing.
I had forgotten, of course, what Perahia brings to the music of these old guys: his stellar technique and profound insight that touches the soul in ways that even the most promising bouquet of premieres seldom approaches. From the ethereal lines of his Haydn Andante and Variations in F Minor to the explosive fanfares of Beethoven’s “Hammerklavier” Sonata,” Perahia mesmerized the Sherwood Auditorium audience with transcendent playing.”