San Diego Union-Tribune
April 25, 2016
With clarity, Perahia takes command of Beethoven
In La Jolla Music Society concert, he displays extreme control and composure
“The phrase “authoritative performance” is overused, but when it comes to Beethoven piano sonatas, not many musicians have the credentials for that designation.
Pianist Murray Perahia is currently editing the new Henle Urtext edition of Beethoven’s sonatas. Thousands of professional pianists rely on this edition to provide a score that best represents what Beethoven intended. He has contemplated Beethoven’s original manuscripts, working sketches and editions published during Beethoven’s lifetime to make difficult editorial decisions.
Who better then to give an accurate account of Beethoven’s Sonata no. 29, Op. 106, the so-called “Hammerklavier Sonata?”
Sunday evening, in a concert presented by the La Jolla Music Society, Perahia played this technically demanding, formally unwieldy sonata to a full house at Sherwood Auditorium. After the concluding furious trills and four thunderous chords subsided, the crowd jumped to its feet. Some were ecstatic, others perplexed at Beethoven’s longest piano sonata, but few doubted that they had just witnessed a consummate pianist summon all his skill and bring a lifetime of experience to this monumental work.”