Performance Wednesday, April 1, 2015 | 8 PM

Murray Perahia

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
In the more than 40 years he has been performing, pianist Murray Perahia has left audiences around the world breathless. “You've never heard a pianist who considers each note with such deep care. No phrase is left unconsidered; every line of the score has been probed to make it as musical as possible,” proclaimed The Seattle Times.


  • Murray Perahia, Piano


  • BACH French Suite No. 6 in E Major, BWV 817
  • HAYDN Sonata in A-flat Major, Hob. XVI: 46
  • BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-flat Major, Op. 81a, "Les Adieux"
  • FRANCK Prelude, Chorale and Fugue, Op. 21
  • CHOPIN Scherzo No. 1


Brahms's Ballade in G Minor, Op. 118, No. 3
Murray Perahia, Piano
Sony Music Entertainment

At a Glance

This evening’s program begins with Johann Sebastian Bach’s French Suite No. 6 in E Major, which is perhaps the most brilliantly entertaining and tuneful of all the French Suites. César Franck, who made a reputation for himself as one of France’s greatest organists, was endlessly fascinated by Bach’s music. It is not surprising that this naturalized Frenchman, who much preferred the Germanic musical tradition, should adopt three of Bach’s favorite forms and use them to create his Prelude, Chorale, and Fugue, Op. 21, which is arguably one of the finest late-Romantic keyboard masterpieces . Franck was also strongly influenced by Ludwig van Beethoven, as was Frédéric Chopin, who transformed Beethoven’s development of the scherzo as a replacement movement for the minuet into his four independent scherzos for piano, of which we hear the first on tonight’s program. Beethoven was a student of Joseph Haydn, and Haydn’s formal and emotional intensification of the piano sonata, on display in his Sonata in A-flat Major, paved the way for Beethoven’s programmatic “Les adieux” Sonata.
This performance is part of Keyboard Virtuosos I, and Midweek Piano Trio.