Sunday, October 23, 2011

REVIEW: Murray Perahia

Cultural Centre Concert Hall, Monday October 17

Murray stepped onto the stage looking tired and bored. Like a plug to a socket, however, Perahia came to life the moment he touched the piano and the style and color were electrifying!

The first half of the recital was dedicated to the holy trinity… Bach, the Father, Beethoven, the Son and Brahms, the Holy Ghost. Expectedly, Murray’s devotion to Bach and Beethoven showed through. There was freshness to his approach, he carefully maintained the form of the pieces and focused on clarity and texture. For me, the revelation was in Perahia’s Brahms. The Klavierstucke, Op. 119 exuded melancholic nostalgia through long-arc phrasing while ensuring that every colored details are brought out.

The chronological order stopped in the second half and instead juxtaposed two composers born in 1810. Two composers that had dedicated works to each other and whose styles are quite different were featured… raw emotion and passion from Schumann and sentiment under icy filigree from Chopin. In Schumann. Schumann’s Kinderszenen, Op.15 was a delight to listen to and Perahia, in his signature way, provided measured sophistication and perceptive eloquence. The recital ended with a trio of Chopin pieces, appropriated placed to heighten the aural pleasure. Perahia’s showed focus and controlled passion while was expansive in the more warm passages that made the performance even more ardent.

It was an outstanding recital and the full-audience audience was most appreciative.

Piano Recital by Murray Perahia
17 October 2011 (Mon) 8pm
Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
$480, 370, 260, 150


Bach: French Suite No. 5 in G, BWV816

Beethoven: Sonata No. 27 in E Minor, Op. 90

Brahms: Klavierstücke, Op. 119

Schumann: Kinderszenen

Prelude in F-sharp Minor, Op. 28, No. 8
Mazurka in C-sharp Minor, Op. 30, No. 4
Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 39

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