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BRONNER, Mikhail


Mikhail Bronner graduated from the Moscow Conservatory (High School of Music) where he studied composition with Tikhon Khrennikov, and then completed his postgraduate studies in 1981. Mikhail Bronner become a member of the Union of Composers in 1979; since 1997 he is a Chair of the Select Committee on membership of the Moscow Union of Composers; in November 2000 he was elected a Secretary of the Russian Union of Composers. He attracted attention of musical critics and public in the early eighties when he offered a number of brilliant works performed at various festivals and concerts. Among these works of the young composer were such highly praised compositions as the dramatic legend The Dowry (verses by Dmitri Kedrin), concert for the choir The Heather Honey (after William Blake), and a song cycle to the lyrics of Anna Akhmatova. Notable landmarks of his career were the premiers of his ballets An Optimistic Tracedy (1985) and Taming of the Shrew (1996) at the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Theatre in Moscow. All the critics in their reviews emphasized the quality of music……”emotional, succinct and very danceable”…”The intonation, genre and stylistic sources of the ballet are highly varied as are the plastic patterns of the characters' dances. The logic and proportion in the combination of musical elements differing in style and genre, vivid melodies, imaginative rhythms and, finally, expert orchestration ... all this shows the composer's unerring sense of theatre” (Elena Kurilenko, Soviet Music journal). Bronner prefers to write music for the theatre and makes extensive use of theatrical elements in other genres, for example in his The Heather Honey which revealed new perspectives for the choral theatre. The Jewish Requiem has become a turning point in point in Mikhail Bronner's career. In this monumental work for soloists, two choirs and orchestra he sets a poem by Chaim Byalik in Yiddish along side prayers, the address of Maimonides in Hebrew, fragments from The Diary of Anne Frank ary, poetry from the Song of Songs and psalms. The Jewish Requiem was performed in many cities in Germany (including Berlin) in 1994 and was a great success. “Nobody could resist the power and fascination that came from this splendid fresco. It was wonderful that a long ovation began not immediately after the last note but after seconds of complete silence in the concert hall. And then for the composer there were well deserved exclamations <(Bravo!>” (Jurgen Otten, BERLINER ZEITLTNG). Although Mikhail Bronner wanted to create a musical monument to Jewish culture in Europe, his idea was broader than just to show the chain of pain and martyrdom of the nation persecuted for centuries. “The Jewish Requiem is against any violence and calls for appreciation and respect for human rights”. (Regina Doblies, WESTFALLEN BLATT) Besides the Jewish Requiem, Bronner has written several works which reflect on the tragedy of Jewish history: Jew: Life and Death for cello and piano, Jacob's Ladder: Angel of Love, Angel of Sorrow for four cellos, and others. Bronner has also written many compositions inspired by images, themes and characters from the Old Testament. He has also paid much attention to the philosophical and metaphysical poetry of Akhmatova, Brodsky, Mandelstam and Tsvetayeva. His chamber works are characterized by subtle differentiation of timbre, complex rhythmic polyphony, metrical and rhythmic mobility. He has also written many works for children whcih are highly regarded by both young performers and audience.

Other Available CD's
PHCD153 Arutiunian/Vasks/Bronner VIOLIN CONCERTOS
PHCD159 Mikhail Bronner, Alexander Tchaikovsky, Peteris Vasks: VIOLIN CONCERTOS
PHCD170 THE SEASONS of Piazzolla and Bronner
PHCD175 VIOLIN DUOS: Ysaye, Rozsa, Bronner, Podgaits
PHCD179 From Jewish Folk Poetry (Dreznin/Shostakovich, Bronner, Podgaits

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