Shock of the New

Because music died in World War I, that’s why

Few would deny that Murray Perahia, protégé of Casals, Horowitz, and Britten, is one of the world’s top pianists, playing with a combination of clarity, warmth, and heart that makes whatever he plays sound like a communication straight from the composer’s soul to you. We’re taking points off, though, for his archconservative program: a Bach partita, Beethoven’s prettily unassuming “Pastoral” Sonata, Brahms’ Six Pieces, Op. 118, and a Ballade and a couple etudes by Chopin. Especially considering (I hadn’t known this) composition was his college major. He performs as part of the Seattle Symphony’s Distinguished Artists Recital Series; still to come are Yefim Bronfman (Nov. 28), Gil Shaham (Jan. 22), and Lang Lang (March 26).

Tue., Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m., 2007

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