Saturday, September 15, 2012

Yefim Bronfman, Essa-Pekka Salonen
"Bartok: The Three Piano Concertos" (CD)

Like Spielberg and Hanks, Bronfman's relationship with Salonen and the LA Phil has been well documented.  Literally.

This is a release on Sony's budget "essential classics" label which is one of the things that concerns musicians today: with such an extensive, wonderful back catalog of recordings, why would one buy a new recording of Beethoven 5 for $20 when you can get Solti's for $7?

Anyway, I haven't made it past Concerto no. 2 yet, but Bronfman has carved a niche for himself performing the giants of the 20th century literature.  Whether it be the weighty Bartok 3, (which Bartok completed for his wife to perform after his death) or his recording of Shostakovich's second concerto which was used by Disney in the film "Fantasia 2000," Bronfman's skills are perfectly lent to creating a tone and texture with these works.  Couple this with an ability to point out musical gems as they pass by and you have the perfect pianist to navigate a listener through these beautiful works.

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