. . . 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.
Watch out for the name Daniil Trifonov, the latest in a long line of Russian prodigies . . . Although Trifonov apparently has every technical tool at his disposal, these recordings stand out for their beauty of tone, intimacy, clarity and delicacy. The first CD has a variety of Chopin pieces, culminating in a dazzling third piano sonata. The later CD has Scriabin's "Sonata Fantasy", Liszt's "Piano Sonata", and the Chopin Op 28 "Preludes". In the Liszt he provides remarkable clarity of articulation at top pace, but it is the poetry and musical sensitivity that stands out. This is intimate Liszt, not the impassioned sturm und drang of many interpreters; like a swan, all the effort is below the surface. The Scriabin, too, is beautifully played and elegantly understated.
. . . 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.