Daniil Trifonov

Trifonov: The Carnegie Recital

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Trifonov: 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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Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Piano Sonata No. 2 in G sharp minor, "Sonata-Fantasy", Op. 19
1 Daniil Trifonov 07:05 Amazon
2 Daniil Trifonov 03:25 Amazon
Piano Sonata in B minor, S 178
3 Daniil Trifonov 11:12 Amazon
4 Daniil Trifonov 07:36 Amazon
5 Daniil Trifonov 10:58 Amazon
24 Preludes, Op. 28
6 Daniil Trifonov 00:38 Amazon
7 Daniil Trifonov 02:02 Amazon
8 Daniil Trifonov 00:48 Amazon
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Skazki (Fairy Tales), Op. 26
30 Daniil Trifonov 01:25 Amazon
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