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Posted October 1, 2010
Yefim Bronfman has a special affinity for these two concerti, a nearly selfless approach to the scores that keeps in mind that while the piano may be the solo instrument and provide key lines for the 'accompanying' orchestra to elucidate, the same relationship belongs to the orchestra when Rachmaninov introduced melodies in the orchestration that are then embraced with ardor by the piano soloist. Bronfman and Esa-Pekka Salonen understand and concur on this view and the results are performances that equally wed the orchestra and the piano. Rachmaninov was not only a brilliant pianist who played his own works, but also an orchestrator who knew the difference between accompanying and embellishing. Here that is clearly the case. There are times when the orchestral sound covers the piano obbligato and for this listener that is the composer's intent. There are simply few recordings of the #3 that match the splendor of this one. Though the recording here was made over fifteen years ago, this listener had the opportunity to hear Yefim Bronfman perform the Rachmaninov Third at a recent performance with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, this time with the vibrant and intensely passionate Gustavo Dudamel at the helm. It was proof that Bronfman has grown into this work even more: the collaboration with Dudamel (a terrific accompanist!) and the LA Phil in the wondrous acoustic of Disney Hall was simply astonishingly fine and passionate and uplifting. This is a solid recording. One can only hope Bronfman will join Salonen (or Dudamel!) for another outing to demonstrate the intense vision he has developed for these works. Grady HarpWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.