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By Steven Lieberman
Observer Reporter 

Bronfman Delights Disney Concert Hall Patrons


Steven Lieberman

Classical piano titan Yefim Bronfman made an appearance at Walt Disney Concert Hall as part of the Colburn Celebrity Recital series.

The impressively capable pianist showcased his immensely brilliant talent for all of his adoring fans that he has been doing for many years.

His trademark is the remarkable way in which he interprets each piece that he plays and his boundless range. Bronfman and his passion literally rockets the score to the next dimension.

Former LA Philharmonic conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen wrote a piece titled 'Sisar' especially for Bronfman. That further demonstrates how important Bronfman is to the world of classical piano. Bronfman's interpretation of this composition was ecstatically dreamy, just like Salonen wanted it to be. As usual, Bronfman takes on the challenge of a complicated piece and makes it look and sound easy.

Another highlight on the program was Sergei Prokofiev's Piano Sonata No. 7. Again, if you saw the notes written on this score, you would think to yourself, how on earth can this be done? But again, Bronfman takes this complex and intense piece and delivers it in an orderly and glorious way. At the conclusion of this piece, it looked as if Bronfman had just placed first in a marathon race. And the audience members were rocketed to the next dimension with him.

Steven Lieberman

He also dusted off from the archives Robert Schumann's not-often-played composition 'Faschingschwank aus Wien.' Translated, it means "Carnival Jest from Vienna." As Bronfman played this piece, one did feel as if they were transported to the carnival in Vienna. A sensation of jovial spiritedness. An enjoyable ride.

Franz Shubert's Piano Sonata in A minor was the opener. Bronfman played it poetically and gracefully.

And then there was Frederic Chopin's Nocturne Op. 27, No 2. Another trademark of Bronfman is his almost flawless ability when twinkling the ivories and making a composition shine and sparkle. His interpretation of this piece was no exception. It was transcendent.

If all of this brilliance wasn't enough, Bronfman treated the audience to two encores.

Icing on the cake.


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