“A marvel of digital dexterity, warmly romantic sentiment, and jaw-dropping bravura.” (Chicago Tribune) Grammy Award-winning, Uzbekistan-born classical pianist, Yefim Bronfman, is internationally recognized as one of today’s most acclaimed and admired pianists for his commanding technique, power, and exceptional lyrical gifts. “Listening to Bronfman play Beethoven’s familiar concerto is like being in a crowded room when suddenly a profound conversationalist begins to speak and everyone just steps back to listen with rapt attention. The pianist is, indeed, a bear of a man, and when that heft is called for in this piece, he is there to deliver it. He can roar, but he also can whisper. He can conjure a multitude of dynamics, shifting quickly from one extreme to another – making little fuss with the simple opening chords of that first movement, and later grabbing hold of great solo interludes with such force that by the end of the first movement even the [ ] sophisticated audience broke an unspoken taboo and erupted into spontaneous applause. (Chicago Sun Times)
This concert is part of The Royal Conservatory’s two-season Beethoven 250 Festival.
All Ludwig van Beethoven Program:
Piano Sonata No. 5 in C Minor, op. 10, no. 1
Piano Sonata No. 6 in F Major, op. 10, no. 2
Piano Sonata No. 7 in D Major, op. 10, no. 3
Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, op. 57 (“Appassionata”)
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