Critic’s Choice

By David Fleshler

Yefim Bronfman. Photo: Dario Acosta

No one can accuse Yefim Bronfman of taking it easy during his visit to South Florida this week.

Renowned for a stupendous technique and thunderous tone, the Russian pianist will perform one of the most demanding concertos in the repertoire twice with the New World Symphony and then follow that up with a recital Sunday afternoon.

Bronfman will join the orchestra Friday and Saturday evenings for Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 2, a flamboyant work that blends modernist harmonies and folkloric melodies with the dash and fire of the great 19th-century virtuoso concertos. Conducting will be Robert Spano, music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. The Friday concert, at New World Center in Miami Beach, will include Tchaikovsky’s symphonic poem, Francesca da Rimini. Saturday’s concert at the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, will include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, in addition to the Tchaikovsky.

Sunday at 2 p.m., Bronfman will perform a recital at New World Center that will include the Brahms Piano Sonata No. 3, Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No. 8 and Bartók’s Contrasts for clarinet, violin and piano, with members of the New World Symphony.

For tickets go to or call 305-673-3331.

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