The Carnegie Recital

Daniil Trifonov

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The Carnegie Recital Review

by Blair Sanderson

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.

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