Daniil Trifonov

Chopin Evocations

Int. Release 6 Oct. 2017
2 CDs / 3 LPs / Download

"… among pianists a talent such as his is a phenomenon that appears no more than two or three times in a generation." Gramophone

Daniil Trifonov stands for virtuosity, musical poetry and evocative power. This album presents two-and-a-half hours of music uniting Chopin's two beautiful piano concertos with Chopin solo works and pieces by Mompou, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Grieg and Barber paying homage to the genius of Chopin who, in Trifonov's words, "revolutionized the expressive horizons of the piano."

The album features world premiere recordings of both Piano Concertos in fascinating orchestrations by pianist-composer Mikhail Pletnev.

The solo works include some of Chopin's earliest (Variations on "La ci darem la mano" Op. 2) and latest (Fantaisie-Impromptu Op. 66) works, together with the rarely-heard Rondo Op. 73a for two pianos, a devilishly difficult piece here performed by Trifonov together with his friend and mentor, Sergei Babayan.  The atmospheric tenth variation of Mompou's Variations on a Theme of Chopin is entitled "Evocation" and, in its poignant transformation of Chopin's famous melodies, inspired the name of this album.