Frédéric Chopin
Franz Liszt
Nicolai Medtner
Alexander Scriabin
Daniil Trifonov
Int. Release 29 Sep. 2014
2 CDs
0289 479 3795 1 2 CDs DDD GH2
Live recordings

Track List

CD 1: The Carnegie Recital

Alexander Scriabin (1872 - 1915)
Piano Sonata No.2 In G Sharp Minor, Op.19 "Sonata Fantasy"

Franz Liszt (1811 - 1886)
Piano Sonata In B Minor, S.178

Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849)
24 Préludes, Op.28

Nicolai Karlovich Medtner (1880 - 1951)
Four Fairy Tales (Skazki), Op.26

Daniil Trifonov

Total Playing Time 1:18:46

CD 2: Plays Chopin

Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849)
12 Etudes, Op.10


Piano Sonata No.3 In B Minor, Op.58


Daniil Trifonov

Total Playing Time 1:06:21

. . . Daniil Trifonov's trademarks include an extraordinary, inspired intensity mingled with a veritable flood of insight and imagination . . . The Fenice concert presents fine playing throughout, from the charm of the Rondo to the melodic outpourings and high drama of the Sonata . . . [in the Carnegie recital] Trifonov's levels of energy and inspiration would probably be enough to fuel at least two usual pianists. His sensitivity to atmosphere, voicing and fleeting textures allows Scriabin's Sonata No. 2 to burst into colourful and fantastical flame; the Liszt B minor Sonata progresses like a great novel unfurling, with an unerring pace to the drama; and the Chopin Preludes are filled with limitless magical detail. One could pick out the marvellously long lines in the E minor or the A flat major preludes; the pointillist fingerwork in the D major and C sharp minor; his rapt, mysterious pedal effects, an artform in itself. Every piece has a defined soundworld; nothing is repetitive; each feels lit from within, as if improvised on the spot. This is a treat and a half.

. . . two live recitals that show pianist Daniil Trifonov to be a rare talent . . . two discs of some of the finest live music making . . . Trifonov finds some lovely rhythmic qualities in Chopin's Rondo "à la Mazur" in F major, Op.5 bringing a lovely playfulness, full of character together with his beautiful touch, so light and delicate. There is an insight and thoughtfulness here and a fine surge of power towards the end. The Grande Valse Brillante in E flat major, Op.18 has lightly sprung phrases combined with an amazing dexterity. There is tremendous playing here with a fine rubato, and some fine shaping of phrases. The same tremendous fluidity is given to the Etude in F minor, Op.10 No.8, a quicksilver, fleeting vision. In the "Andante Spianato et Grande Polonaise Brillante", Op.22 Trifonov brings a beautiful right hand theme trickled over a fluid left hand line, a gently conceived performance, full of atmosphere. Trifonov delivers some most exquisite playing with fine control and colouring of phrases and a lovely intimacy and spontaneity. He delivers a fine control with some lovely little details with a marvellous fluidity and delicacy. There are some fine dynamic passages, full of power and what a lovely rubato he has . . . [Scriabin]: Here is playing of the utmost sensitivity and understanding. He rises to moments of great passion so naturally bringing sublime music making. He follows with a brilliantly impressive Presto where his superb touch and articulation is to the fore. We need to hear more of Trifonov's Scriabin . . . There is so much depth and understanding in this very fine performance of Chopin's multi-faceted Preludes . . . The live recording is excellent in every way. Applause is kept in after the Preludes and after the encore. In these two recitals Daniil Trifonov shows himself to be a rare talent that I look forward to hearing much more from.