Murray Perahia Plays the Hammerklavier at Strathmore

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(Photo by Felix Broede/Sony Music Entertainment)

Haydn, Variations in F minor, Hob.SVII:6
Mozart, Piano Sonata in A minor, K.310
Brahms, Ballade in G minor, Op. 118, No.3
    Ballade in G minor, Op. 118, No. 3
    Intermezzo in C Major, Op. 119, No. 3
    Intermezzo in E minor, Op. 119, No. 2
    Intermezzo in A Major, Op. 118, No. 2
    Capriccio in D minor, Op. 116, No. 1
Beethoven, Piano Sonata in B-Flat Major, Op. 106 “Hammerklavier”

In the recording studio, Murray Perahia embodies the archetype of the modern American pianist. With an unassailable technique and a commanding sense of structure, he offers uncontroversial, authoritative performances elevated by his tonal mastery and poetic sensitivity. His recordings command respect but rarely surprise. But recent live performances have found Perahia in much more spontaneous and uninhibited form. His Sunday afternoon recital at Strathmore, presented by Washington Performing Arts, was no exception, revealing a more impulsive, showy and daring side to his artistry…

Read the full review here (Washington Post, May 2, 2016).