Yefim Bronfman: Perspectives

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All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
The Perspectives Series, produced through Carnegie Hall, each year selects musicians to create concert sets that focus on some aspect of their musicianship and interests. It is not surprising that pianist Yefim Bronfman would choose literature from late nineteenth and early twentieth century Russian composers. Despite his far-reaching repertoire, Bronfman has always found a particular niche with this repertoire, in particular the works of Prokofiev. The first album of this two-disc set is, in fact, devoted to Prokofiev's first three piano concertos, works composed while still a young man. The technical and musical demands of all three concertos are astounding, but ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
The Perspectives Series, produced through Carnegie Hall, each year selects musicians to create concert sets that focus on some aspect of their musicianship and interests. It is not surprising that pianist Yefim Bronfman would choose literature from late nineteenth and early twentieth century Russian composers. Despite his far-reaching repertoire, Bronfman has always found a particular niche with this repertoire, in particular the works of Prokofiev. The first album of this two-disc set is, in fact, devoted to Prokofiev's first three piano concertos, works composed while still a young man. The technical and musical demands of all three concertos are astounding, but Bronfman and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra deliver performances that feature dazzling pyrotechnics, Herculean quantities of sound drawn from the piano, and musical introspection with which few performers may compete. The second disc in the set focuses on works for solo piano. Opening with three movements from "Petrushka," Bronfman pulls abundant sound and nuance from his instrument that is every bit as deep and satisfying as an orchestral performance of the piece. Prokofiev's "First" and "Seventh" piano sonatas show the transformation of the composer from a young man to a seasoned veteran; both phases of the composer's life are captured through Bronfman's energy and attention to detail. Four selections from Tchaikovsky's "The Seasons" demonstrate that Bronfman does not need high technical demands in order to produce intimate musical landscapes. Worthwhile for the recordings of the Prokofiev concertos alone, this album is a worthy addition to almost any collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/11/2007
  • Label: Sony Classics
  • UPC: 886972108124
  • Catalog Number: 721081
  • Sales rank: 204,752

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–4 Piano Concerto No. 1 in D flat major, Op. 10 - Sergey Prokofiev & Yefim Bronfman (15:09)
  2. 5–8 Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16 - Sergey Prokofiev & Yefim Bronfman (30:45)
  3. 9–17 Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26 - Sergey Prokofiev & Yefim Bronfman (27:30)
Disc 2
  1. 1–3 Petrushka, movements (3) for piano - Igor Stravinsky & Yefim Bronfman (15:49)
  2. 4–7 Piano Sonata No. 2 in D minor, Op. 14 - Sergey Prokofiev & Yefim Bronfman (18:18)
  3. 8–10 Piano Sonata No. 7 in B flat major ("War Sonata 2/Stalingrad"), Op. 83 - Sergey Prokofiev & Yefim Bronfman (18:27)
  4. 9 The Seasons, for piano, Op. 37: 1. January: By the Fireside - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Yefim Bronfman (4:47)
  5. 10 The Seasons, for piano, Op. 37: 6. June: Barcarolle - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Yefim Bronfman (4:31)
  6. 11 The Seasons, for piano, Op. 37: 7. August: The Harvest - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Yefim Bronfman (3:35)
  7. 12 The Seasons, for piano, Op. 37: 12. December: Christmas - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Yefim Bronfman (3:41)
  8. 13 Islamey, Oriental fantasy for piano - Mily Balakirev & Yefim Bronfman (8:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Yefim Bronfman Primary Artist
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Yefim Bronfman! -- no number or range of superlatives can be adequate to decribe how he makes each note, each chord his own. His playing ranges from powerful and commanding, to seductively lyrical, to heartbreakingly tender. Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky receive, from this artist, interpretive and technical skills that represent a level of genius equal to their own as composers. This is a "must buy" for anyone who loves classical piano at its most fully realized.

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