Few would deny that Murray Perahia, protégé of Casals, Horowitz, and Britten, is one of the worlds top pianists, playing with a combination of clarity, warmth, and heart that makes whatever he plays sound like a communication straight from the composers soul to you. Were taking points off, though, for his archconservative program: a Bach partita, Beethovens prettily unassuming Pastoral Sonata, Brahms Six Pieces, Op. 118, and a Ballade and a couple etudes by Chopin. Especially considering (I hadnt known this) composition was his college major. He performs as part of the Seattle Symphonys Distinguished Artists Recital Series; still to come are Yefim Bronfman (Nov. 28), Gil Shaham (Jan. 22), and Lang Lang (March 26).