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5.0 out of 5 stars The best modern Emperor., July 22, 2007
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This review is from: Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 5 (Audio CD)
Of the top pianists born in the year 1958, Yefim Bronfman is perhaps the least well known. If not for the 'fake' incident last year, perhaps even fewer people would mention his name in the classical music market.
The very fact that a pianist in his prime could have his recordings being stolen and taken as somebody else's for the sheer aim of money making shows how fast deteriorating the classical music world is at present.
For me at least, Bronfman is an excellent interpretor of Beethoven. So his legging up with David Zinman in this recording of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 and Choral Fantasy is nothing short of being immaculate.
Even in his other recordings, like the 4th Concerto, Bronfman demonstrates impeccable pyrotechnique as well as a highly charged passionate interpretation of Beethoven's more mature piano concertos. His Emperor is even more powerful than the 1967 version of Kempff and Leitner, and his outstanding collaboration with Zinman almost to the point perfection itself. I really could not imagine a better Concerto No. 5, especially among contemproary pianists.
In the Choral Fantasy, Bronfman shows off his lyricism to the full, and convinces audiences and listeners that he is not a hacker-like Beethovenian, but also a charmer as well.
I remain highly interested in waiting to hear when and who will have the ability to surpass this Bronfman/Zinman Emperor Concerto, not even taking into account the great value-for-money of this disc.
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Initial post: Oct 4, 2013 10:59:18 PM PDT
S. PEARSON says:
I couldn't agree more on the praise for Bronfman; and i cannot imagine anyone who loves classical piano not-knowing this great pianist.!! He has a fine balance of Power yet sensitivity; when I listen to Yefim Bronfman playing.. I do not worry..he has gained my trust and admiration to the fullest! He never falters.. it's those inconsistent other ones.. who cause me worry !
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