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In 1778, Mozart combed through Paris in the hopes of finding commissions and employment. He would return to his native Salzburg an outcast, even as he tailored his works to the au courant style. During this period, he would write his first tragic sonata, not for money, but for musical fulfillment. Forty years later, Beethoven, also dealing with poverty and strife, would pen the "Hammerklavier" sonata for similar reasons. On Thursday evening at Stanford University's Bing Concert Hall, pianist Murray Perahia delivered a recital featuring the two sonatas, along with works of Haydn and Brahms. It was a performance that seemed to transcend the experience of a giving a recital for an audience into something vastly fulfilling for the artist.

The result was powerful and revelatory, as astounding a concert as I've attended in recent memory. He'll repeat the program in a Sunday afternoon at UC Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall.    READ THE FULL San Jose Mercury News REVIEW