Tuesday, October 20, 2009 | 8:00 pm
Perahia is a titanic figure of modern piano — a three-time Grammy-winner, Knight Commander of the British Empire, and, as of May 2009, holder of an honorary doctorate from Duke. Since working with a list of mentors including Rudolph Serkin, Perahia has spanned three decades with canonical recordings and performances, becoming one of the most accomplished pianists of our time — “superbly analytical, gorgeously romantic, and full of spontaneous surprises” (Washington Post).
Because of Perahia’s special relationship to Duke, we have been able to engage him for a special presentation, one of his few U.S. bookings this year. This blockbuster solo recital, focused on masterworks of the European tradition, links the Piano Recital Series and the Duke Artists Series and is listed under each series.
Conversation with Murray Perahia
Monday, October 19, 2009 • 5 pm
Nelson Music Room
“[Perahia] seems to live every bar of music he produces, yet he does so without apparent strain or visible angst. This is his paradox: making so much heat, but remaining outwardly cool.”
—Los Angeles Times
Bach: Partita No. 6 in E minor, BWV 830
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109
Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op. 15
Etude No. 1 in A flat major, Op. 25, “Aeolian Harp”
Mazurka in A flat major, Op. 59, No. 2
Mazurka in C sharp minor, Op. 50, No. 3
Mazurka in F sharp minor, Op. 59, No. 3
Scherzo No. 4 in E major, Op. 54, CT. 200