Bronfman plays Beethoven
Yefim Bronfman is one of the greatest living pianists, known for his unique blend of power, virtuosity, and grace. Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, with its delicate solo opening bars and fiery conclusion, is the ideal vehicle to showcase his talents. Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11 of 1957 was, on the surface, composed to appease Soviet bureaucrats and was a tribute to the tragic events of the failed 1905 Russian Revolution. But like Shostakovich’s Fifth and Tenth symphonies, it contains deeper political commentary on Soviet rule, namely the 1956 Hungarian uprising. This program pairs the music of Beethoven and Shostakovich, demonstrating each composer’s indelible impact on symphonic music over a century apart, with a similar universal message.