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New York piano lovers hardly knew what to expect over the weekend from two keyboard lions approaching winter. Was this to be a wallow in nostalgia? In melancholy? Happily, it turned out to be neither. Murray Perahia, 70, played at Carnegie Hall on Friday evening, and Maurizio Pollini, 75, followed there on Sunday afternoon, but there was little need to dwell on the past in a resplendent here and now.

Each was to devote much of his recital to music in minor keys, yet the works were of such emotional richness, depth and complexity that no simplistic notions of major as happy, and minor as sad, could intrude. You might even argue that the minor mode forms the basis for the whole of musical Romanticism, as Mr. Perahia suggested with pieces by Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, and Mr. Pollini with a program of Chopin.

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