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Murray Perahia begins Beethoven cycle with ASMF at the Barbican / theguardian

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Murray Perahia's delicate touch paired beautifully with the Academy of St Martin in the Field's aerated tone, bringing wit and poise to an all-Beethoven chamber programme Barbican, London. There were moments in this first instalment of Perahia's Beethoven concerto cycle with the ASMF when the pianist's hands slid seamlessly from the keyboard to the orchestra. The orchestra had little need of such gestures – that much was clear from their crisp, brisk curtain-raiser, Beethoven's early Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus, Op 43, led energetically from the front desk by Tomo Keller. The players even grinned as they exchanged volleys of Viennese musical wit.

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