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Yefim Bronfman, Piano

Thursday, April 4, 2019 8 PM Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
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Yefim Bronfman by Julien Jourdes
Yefim Bronfman is “… one of the most gifted and brilliant and versatile” pianists, a virtuoso “with chops that need fear no comparisons” (The New York Times). In this recital, he performs one of Schubert’s final sonatas, Schumann’s brilliantly free-flowing Humoresque, and other works. In particular, Schubert’s sonata is a restless work where chiaroscuro effects intensify the drama and virtuosity drives the nervous excitement.

Part of: Keyboard Virtuosos II


Yefim Bronfman, Piano


DEBUSSY Suite bergamasque

SCHUMANN Humoreske in B-flat Major, Op. 20

SCHUBERT Piano Sonata in C Minor, D. 958

At a Glance

DEBUSSY  Suite bergamasque

The young Debussy was still poised on the edge between Romanticism and Impressionism when he wrote this entrancing four-movement suite in 1890. Its centerpiece is the perennially popular “Clair de lune,” around which are clustered three dance-like pieces variously indebted to the French Baroque composers whom Debussy admired.


SCHUMANN  Humoreske in B-flat Major, Op. 20

This fiercely challenging and somewhat neglected masterpiece displays the wide range of styles and emotions that characterize Schumann’s early piano music. While it was in progress, he wrote to his fiancée, Clara Wieck, that he had “been at the piano all week, composing, writing, laughing, and crying all at once.”


SCHUBERT  Piano Sonata in C Minor, D. 958

Schubert’s last three piano sonatas, composed in the months leading up to his untimely death, are notable for the grandeur of their conception, the richness and complexity of their tonal relationships, and the intricate interweaving of lyricism and drama. The powerful and highly virtuosic C-Minor Sonata exploits the rich, clear, and evenly balanced sound characteristic of the Viennese pianos that Schubert played.

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