The Corner

Culture

Fima Speaks

Pianists aren’t ranked like tennis players, but if they were, Yefim Bronfman would be right up there. He is a Russian-born pianist, long a U.S. citizen. (He celebrated his citizenship at the Russian Tea Room next to Carnegie Hall. Hosting the party was Isaac Stern, the legendary violinist.) Bronfman’s personal No. 1 is Emil Gilels, the Russian pianist who lived from 1916 to 1985.

Bronfman told me this in a Q&A we recorded in Salzburg, where he had been playing at the festival. To hear this podcast, go here. We discuss pianists, composers, singers — and a bit of life. “Fima” Bronfman is a thoughtful and kindly person, in addition to a great pianist and musician.

P.S. If you feel like a little reading, here’s a review of the Vienna Philharmonic, with Riccardo Muti conducting, and Bronfman serving as piano soloist. And here’s a post on Igor Levit, another Russian-born pianist, who has also been playing at the Salzburg Festival.

Most Popular

PC Culture

‘White Women’ Becomes a Disparaging Term

Using “white men” as a putdown is no longer extreme enough for the Left. Now it is moving on to doing the same for “white women.” How rapidly this transpired. It was less than two years ago that the approximately 98.7 percent of white women working in media who were openly rooting for Hillary Clinton ... Read More
Politics & Policy

The Beatification of Beto

The media’s treatment of Texas Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke wasn’t the most egregiously unfair coverage of the past year -- that would be the treatment of Brett Kavanaugh -- but it ranks among 2018’s most annoying. The endless glowing profiles of O’Rourke in every publication from Vanity Fair to ... Read More
Culture

A Free People Must Be Virtuous

Dear Reader (Even those of you who didn’t seem to notice or care that I failed to file this “news”letter on Friday), So I’m sitting here at Gate C6 at O’Hare waiting for my flight home. I am weary, pressed for time, in desperate need of a shower, and filled with a great sense of dread for the work ... Read More