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Pianist Murray Perahia back in top form at Benaroya Hall
by Rod Parke - SGN A&E Writer

Dear me, another review about another marvelous performance - how boring! It was exciting to see that Murray Perahia's fingers appear to be back in top form after repeated troubles that caused a five-year hiatus in his career in the '90's and a cancellation of a tour last season.

Indeed, the only thing lacking all evening was any sense of discovery, or of risk-taking. It was all so perfectly fine, so proper.

To be sure, one could quibble about tempi. The opening Bach ('Partita No. 4') was a little too cool and nervous for my tastes, yet impressive in its own right. The early Beethoven (Opus 28) that followed was certainly more than competent. Yet, even while the music flowed full-blown from his fingers, Mr. Perahia's super-sober manner made it hard to sense his love of the music. One could almost believe he was there simply to do a good job, for which he had been paid. My favorite musicians make me believe they love the chance to share this great stuff with us.

The highlight of the evening was the Brahms 'Six Piano Pieces, Op. 118.' The stunning sonorities of these short pieces were greatly aided by the "Kids for Keys" Steinway. This instrument (paid for in part by collections from the students in Seattle Schools) replaced the earlier "Gina Bachauer" piano which was simply worn out beyond repair. Here Perahia lent more warmth and passion than elsewhere in the program, and the piano launched those sounds in a glorious manner.

The three Chopin pieces that ended the printed program seemed perfectly executed as showy moments but lacked the intimate warmth I hear in, for instance, Rubenstein's recordings. (They were two Etudes and the 'Ballade No. 3.') The size of Benaroya Hall, of course, didn't help. Yet the sold out audience loved every minute of it.

Don't get me wrong. I will go see Murray Perahia any chance I get. He is an unquestioned master. I just wish he communicated a little more excitement and personality. Even the two encores (Schubert's 'Impromptu, Op. 90, #2' and one of Schumann"s 'Fantasy Pieces,' Op. 12 were announced in a deadpan manner that was so counter to the delight of the notes themselves.

Reviewer Rod Parke can be reached at rod@sgn.org.


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