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Murray Perahia plays UW's Meany Hall / Seattle Times review

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Murray Perahia, a pianist's pianist, played an inspiring evening of masterpieces - including Beethoven, Haydn and Brahms - at Meany Hall Wednesday night April 20. Perahia has been an occasional but always sought-after visitor to Seattle for more than three decades, establishing himself as an extraordinarily imaginative and intelligent pianist who connects deeply with music lovers. His Wednesday recital at Meany Theater, offering a big program full of masterpieces, was one of the most consistently intriguing and inspiring of Perahia's Seattle performances - and that's really saying something.

No fuss, no gimmicks, no world premieres or exotica: the program, which began with Haydn and Mozart, went on to a Brahms set and wound up the evening with Beethoven's magisterial "Hammerklavier" Sonata. The audience heard the limpid clarity of the opening statement of Haydn's Andante and Variations in F Minor, then sat back for a remarkable ride. Full of elegant nuances and fleet-fingered ornaments, this reading stressed clarity of line, and rose to a soaring beauty that made you wonder why this piece isn't heard more often.