Miklós Perényi and András Schiff
at London's Wigmore Hall,
heard by MALCOLM MILLER
It was an evening of exquisite music-making. Every moment made to count, each detail inflected with nuance and loving attention, full of unexpected dynamic contrasts to bring out fresh sounds from familiar notes, such was the memorable recital by Miklós Perényi with András Schiff at London's Wigmore Hall on 1 July 2010. It was the second of two concerts devoted to the complete works for cello and piano by Beethoven, which enabled a total immersion in Beethoven's style from the early Op 5 No 2 Sonata to the late Op 102 No 2. Yet to single out details and highlights of each work would be to miss the point of the experience: Schiff's piano tone was light, yet luminous even when pianissimo, emphatic at rhythmically important moments, tapered and graduated, never dully repetitive but always alert and spontaneous, his demeanour at the keyboard relaxed yet commanding. Perényi is far from extrovert yet his tone is focused, resilient, beautiful and delicate...
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