Murray Perahia with works by Mozart and Schubert

18/01/2013

Berliner Philharmoniker
Murray Perahia

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat major K. 595 (00:34:02)

    Murray Perahia Piano

  • Franz Schubert
    Sonata for piano four hands in C major D 812 »Grand Duo« (orch. Joseph Joachim) (00:43:37)

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    Murray Perahia in conversation with Sarah Willis (00:09:52)

Last season, Murray Perahia was the Berliner Philharmoniker’s pianist in residence, the high-point of a 35-year collaboration between the American pianist and the orchestra dating back to 1977, when they performed Mozart’s C minor Piano Concerto under the baton of Riccardo Muti. This season will bring a further highlight: for the first time, Perahia will be appearing with the Berliner Philharmoniker not “only” as soloist but also conducting.

For this occasion the musician has again chosen a work by Mozart, his last piano concerto, K.595 in B flat, a work that demonstrates the composer’s unsurpassed mastery of the genre. Eschewing all external effects, the work strikes a tone of simplicity and optimism as well as intimacy. The songlike theme of the rondo became famous when Mozart used it as the melody of his lied Komm, lieber Mainot long thereafter.

Also sure to be of special interest is the programme’s conclusion: the Grand Duo composed by Schubert as a sonata for piano four hands, performed in an orchestrated version by the great violinist, composer and friend of Brahms, Joseph Joachim, who detected in Schubert’s original a “veiled symphony”. At this concert the Berliner Philharmoniker and Murray Perahia offer a rare opportunity to hear this beautiful work.