Nostalgia / Magdalena Kožená, Yefim Bronfman

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On her third PENTATONE album Nostalgia, Magdalena Kožená presents Bartók’s Village Scenes, Mussorgsky’s The Nursery and a selection of Brahms songs, together with acclaimed pianist Yefim Bronfman. Sung in Slovak, Russian and German, these songs on love, longing and innocence show three master composers transforming folk traditions into their unique musical styles. Kožená demonstrates her vocal mastery once more, and this recording with Bronfman is the result of a two-decades-spanning congenial artistic partnership.

Nostalgia is star mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená’s third album as part of her exclusive collaboration with PENTATONE, after having presented the baroque cantatas recital album Il giardino dei sospiri and the songs in chamber-musical setting project Soirée in 2019. Yefim Bronfman, whose commanding technique, power and exceptional lyrical gifts are consistently acknowledged by the press and audiences alike, makes his PENTATONE debut.


Mezzo Magdalena Kožená’s third release on Pentatone is easily the best yet – which is really saying something. Kožená and Yefim Bronfman make a thoughtful partnership, the Israeli-American pianist a collaborator more than capable of matching Kožená’s storytelling commitment. The dramatic give and take between them is the principal joy here in songs by Brahms, Mussorgsky, and Bartók united by ideas of childhood, innocence, and love.

-- Limelight

Product Description:

  • Release Date: September 10, 2021

  • Catalog Number: PTC5186777

  • UPC: 827949077760

  • Label: Pentatone

  • Number of Discs: 1

  • Period: Romantic, 20th Century

  • Composer: Béla Bartók, Modest Mussorgsky, Johannes Brahms

  • Performer: Magdalena Kožená, Yefim Bronfman


  1. Dedinské scény (Falun, Village Scenes), BB 87a

    Composer: Béla Bartók

    Performer: Magdalena Kožená (Mezzo-Soprano), Yefim Brongman (Piano)

  2. The Nursery

    Composer: Modest Mussorgsky

    Performer: Magdalena Kožená (Mezzo-Soprano), Yefim Brongman (Piano)

  3. Lieder (14)

    Composer: Johannes Brahms

    Performer: Magdalena Kožená (Mezzo-Soprano), Yefim Brongman (Piano)