Bronfman Plays Brahms

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Yefim Bronfman once confessed to an interviewer that he hated sleeping because it took time from enjoying such fun things in life as people, movies, theater, good wine and even an occasional good cigar. The Russian powerhouse is all business however when it comes to playing Brahms, as he does in this week’s broadcast. Along with the Brahms Second Concerto, the Philharmonic tackles Schumann’s Symphony No. 4 and Con Brio, a concert overture by the young German composer Jörg Widmann. Eighty-one-year-old Christoph von Dohnányi conducts.

Program Details:

Jörg Widmann: Con brio, Concert Overture for Orchestra  

Schumann: Symphony No. 4

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2

Christoph von Dohnányi: Conductor

Yefim Bronfman: Piano

Comments [3]

Robert L Feneran from New Jersey

It would be nice to get a copy of this program either CD or such a thing available?

Jan. 27 2011 11:37 PM
TJ Harvey from Huntington, NY

This Widmann — after a full day of Mozart — affirms Mozart's greatness. The piece we're having to listen to now is just so, sooooo, soooooo poor and so depressing. Compared to the genius of Herr Wolfgang, it is a really sad choice of programming.

Jan. 27 2011 09:17 PM
Michael Meltzer

Mr. Baldwin translates "con brio" as "with fire."
My Mondadori pocket Italian dictionary says "with sprightliness or liveliness," and my Elson's Pocket Music Dictionary says "with vigor, animation or spirit."
"With fire" is usually "con fuoco."
I think Mr. Baldwin is outvoted.

Jan. 27 2011 09:10 PM

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