A recent all-Beethoven concert with Yefim Bronfman included the Piano Concerto No. 3 and the Choral Fantasy, Op. 80. Reviewer Roy Berko gives his opinion:

“Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Opus 37” found Yefim Bronfman at the piano. The Russian-Israeli-American is noted for his commanding technique and exceptional lyrical playing. A bear of a man, watching him play almost contradicts the sounds that his large fingers and hands are expected to produce. Even when he is attacking the keyboard, the sounds are light and airy. The experience of hearing him interpret the Beethoven work is breathtaking.

The piece is a classic reminder that Beethoven composed his piano concertos for himself to play. This not only gave him attention as a great composer, but as a master pianist.

Piano Concerto No. 3 starts as a strings and select brass and winds rendering, without piano accompaniment, followed by the pianist interacting with the instruments. A series of piano runs then grab and hold the audience. Bronfman did not disappoint. His technique mesmerized the near sold-out audience. The orchestra responded in-kind by doing what it does best-“put on a musical feast of near perfection.”

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