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Helpful votes received on reviews: 82% (58 of 71)
Location: Sebastopol, CA United States
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Reviews

Top Reviewer Ranking: 195,160 - Total Helpful Votes: 58 of 71
Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 4/Overt&hellip ~ Mehta; Bronfman
i've admired bronfman's playing primarily through the beautiful series of chamber discs he recorded with mintz; against that standard these prokofiev concertos are a disappointment. the overall approach is surprisingly literal and metronomic, with a lack of lyrical fire or virtuosic ice, and tempos (especially in the outer movements) that are slower than usual. soloist and conductor seem to play in parallel rather than in close partnership. (it's as if bronfman and mehta were thrown into the studio without enough rehearsal time.) all the keyboard notes are perfectly in place, and the orchestral detail is exceptionally clear, but these are recordings better suited for studying the… Read more
Liszt ~ Franz Liszt
Liszt ~ Franz Liszt
5.0 out of 5 stars standing ovation, April 17 2004
this disc is an extraordinary performance achievement and a remarkable argument for the unique merits of liszt's keyboard music. the sampling of works -- the compositionally groundbreaking bm sonata, an early technical etude, an original "song without words," a schubert song transcription, a virtuosic showpiece and a famous opera paraphrase -- shows the range of liszt's ambitions as a composer and performer. the etude "la campanella" is a fine instance of liszt's extraordinary technical imagination in pursuit of radically new keyboard sounds, and li's performance is utterly transparent -- the textures at times so delicate that the music seems to melt into light. the… Read more
Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos. 1, 3, & 5 ~ Bronfman; Mehta
i've admired bronfman's playing primarily through the beautiful series of chamber discs he recorded with mintz; against that standard these prokofiev concertos are a disappointment. the overall approach is surprisingly literal and metronomic, with a lack of lyrical fire or virtuosic ice, and tempos (especially in the outer movements) that are slower than usual. soloist and conductor seem to play in parallel rather than in close partnership. (it's as if bronfman and mehta were thrown into the studio without enough rehearsal time.) all the keyboard notes are perfectly in place, and the orchestral detail is exceptionally clear, but these are recordings better suited for studying the… Read more