Murray Perahia

“It’s a very reactionary viewpoint and I’m slightly ashamed, but I find it very difficult to access contemporary music. I am not prejudiced, but my work in tonal music leads me to believe nothing can be organic if it doesn’t have a [sense of] “home.”  This idea of belonging, or home, can’t be an intellectual concept, it has to be recognisable in terms of sound or tones and I don’t see the replacement for that in atonal music.”

Pianist Murray Perahia.  Cited in: Nick Shave, “Mull Over Beethoven”, BBC Music, July 2009, p.26.