A Pithy Soloist and a Lot of Balance

04.03.07
Yefim Bronfman
Der Kurier

Standing ovations with a difference, this once – before the interval, that is: for the pianist Yefim Bronfman, who transformed the concert with the Berlin Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle at the Salzburg Easter Festival into an outstanding evening. And in so doing unleashed frenetic enthusiasm.
Bronfman interpreted Rachmaninov’s third piano concerto with uncompromising conviction. His playing is straightforward, unambiguous, pithy, powerful and impressive. Rattle and the Berliners gave him an inspired accompaniment without pathos, indulgent but not sentimental, and present, but without ever intruding too much into the foreground. The right dosage of everything: perfect sound culture…

-    Vienna, translated into English