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Murray Perahia evokes suspense, sadness and exhilaration at Disney Hall / Los Angeles Times

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A regular visitor to Los Angeles for over four decades, pianist Murray Perahia appeared at Walt Disney Concert Hall last Sunday March 15, blazing through a treacherous program of music by Bach, Haydn, Beethoven, Franck and Chopin. In a gutsy, if occasionally untidy recital, Perahia dominated gnarly technical challenges with close-to-reckless speeds. Once a reserved, methodical musician closer in temperament to András Schiff, Perahia emerged after studying with Vladimir Horowitz in the 1980s as an incendiary pianist.

But Perahia's virtuosity, never fussy, narcissistic or quirky, generates a heightened sense of drama in whatever he plays. At 67, his gifts as a storyteller have deepened.  READ THE FULL Los Angeles Times REVIEW