Daniil Trifonov

Trifonov: The Carnegie Recital

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Daniil Trifonov's 2013 recital at Carnegie Hall is a clear demonstration of what this pianist does well, in works well-suited to his talents. Trifonov has a reputation for his dazzling technique, which he has shown to best advantage in performances of Romantic repertoire, and his live readings of Alexander Scriabin's Piano Sonata No. 2 in G sharp minor, "Sonata-Fantasy," Franz Liszt's Piano Sonata in B minor, and Frédèric Chopin's 24 Preludes, Op. 28, offer a well-rounded impression of his extraordinary abilities. The Scriabin opener gives Trifonov an opportunity to display his amazingly quick prestidigitation in the second movement, and several of Chopin's preludes are whipped off with a velocity that impresses, even while being unnecessarily showy. But Trifonov has a much greater depth than his fireworks suggest, and his Scriabin and Chopin have moments of lucid reflection that reveal Trifonov's thoughtful, expressive side. Yet he seems most at home in Liszt's monumental sonata, with its brooding passages, wistful reveries, and dynamic surges that reveal the volatile and poetic temperaments to which he feels most attuned. Trifonov is decidedly a virtuoso in the Lisztian mold, so it would behoove him to make his next recital album an all-Liszt program, though this exceptional performance of the Sonata in B minor will have to satisfy his fans until then.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Piano Sonata No. 2 in G sharp minor, "Sonata-Fantasy", Op. 19
1 07:05 Amazon
2 03:25 Amazon
Piano Sonata in B minor, S 178
3 11:12 Amazon
4 07:36 Amazon
5 10:58 Amazon
24 Preludes, Op. 28
6 00:38 Amazon
7 02:02 Amazon
8 00:48 Amazon
9 01:40 Amazon
10 00:32 Amazon
11 01:51 Amazon
12 00:46 Amazon
13 01:39 Amazon
14 01:30 Amazon
15 00:28 Amazon
16 00:38 Amazon
17 01:11 Amazon
18 03:07 Amazon
19 00:31 Amazon
20 05:24 Amazon
21 01:03 Amazon
22 02:58 Amazon
23 00:49 Amazon
24 01:05 Amazon
25 01:29 Amazon
26 02:15 Amazon
27 00:40 Amazon
28 01:05 Amazon
29 02:43 Amazon
Skazki (Fairy Tales), Op. 26
30 01:25 Amazon
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