Brahms & Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 2

Brahms & Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 2

by Yefim Bronfman

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Overview

Both recorded live with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta, this Helicon Classics album featuring Yefim Bronfman playing the second piano concertos of Brahms and Saint-Saëns is a sort of "then and now" glimpse into the playing of this venerable pianist. Saint-Saëns' "Second Concerto" was recorded in 1991, at which point Bronfman was already an established artist. There's still an abundance of youthful energy to be heard here, particularly in the nimble Presto finale. His passion and connection with the score are clear, and anyone would do well to add this superb recording to his/her collection. But what a difference 18 years can make, even for someone like Bronfman. The Brahms' second concerto -- one of the most immense, symphonic concertos in the repertoire -- is positively rapturous. Here, Bronfman's increased maturity adds an extra level of spaciousness, control, refinement, and patience. Without ever dragging or dwelling, Bronfman takes his time in shaping each phrase, inviting listeners to savor the rich melodies, dense harmonies, and warm colors. The only downside to this album is the overall sound quality made during the live performances. The piano is rather soft in parts, and the slightly muffled, hazy sound reduces some of Bronfman's articulation and power.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/14/2011
Label: Helicon
UPC: 7293627964425
catalogNumber: 9644
Rank: 82863

Tracks

  1. Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83
  2. Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22
  3. Sonata for keyboard in C minor, K. 11 (L. 352)
  4. Arabeske for piano in C major, Op. 18
  5. Etude for piano No. 12 in C minor ("Revolutionary"), Op. 10/12, CT. 25

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