Bruno Leonardo Gelber is one of these remarkable pianists whose phrasing is like a poet describing his impressions and memories. His full commitment with the music is absolute; always worrying by searching unknown aspects of the work; gifted of powerful tune, his lyricism is not extent of noblesse, a feature so common in the great exponents of the piano. As a matter of fact,I had the privileged opportunity to watch him twice in Caracas in the famous Concert Hall, best known as Aula Magna of the Venezuelan Central University; the first one playing Prokoviev' s Third Piano Concerto and the other one with Rachmaninov' s Third.
This version of the Emperor, is far from being another splendid firework, on the other hand he is conscious of the specific weight of the Op. Introspective, reflexive, propulsive, epic and crepuscular, this performance exudes that coveted seal of honesty.
In these times where the homogeneity and the sonorous effects seem to prevail over the spirit of the work, it would be very convenient to take a look around this artist, because we should never forget that Ferdinand Leitner who conducted to Wilhelm Kempff, few years ago, that's a good point of reference by itself.