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Murray Perahia's Recital at the Romanian Athenaeum
The recital started with Sonata No.31 by Joseph Haydn, which was performed passionately, but we could also notice that the combinations involved by the classical piano technique were skilfully highlighted. The Variations in F minor by the same author were next, followed a series of highly expressive Brahmsian scores, including the remarkable Intermezzo Op.118 No.2 in A major. Murray Perahia's last performance at the 'George Enescu' International Festival in 2015 was Sonata No.29 in B-flat major Op.106 'Hammerklavier' by Ludwig van Beethoven, which is 'the longest piano monologue' that the author left behind. Murray Perahia's performance of this work resembled a flight that took us from the lower depths to the most astounding heights.
Translated by Ilinca Elena Dinulescu and Ioana Săbău
MTTLC, the University of Bucharest