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Daniil Trifonov is one of the few pianists to have recorded Liszt's concert Études in one concentrated period and the first to record them in full for Deutsche Grammophon. He set down his visionary interpretations within the space of five days, a feat in keeping with the tireless energy and superhuman spirit of Liszt himself. Trifonov's approach to Liszt is informed by the legacy of the Russian school of piano playing in which he was raised and by his profound understanding of the composer's musical language. "Liszt's technical virtuosity is just a means to evoke extremes of emotion," observes Trifonov. "His daring harmonic and structural innovations revealed new horizons for emotional and psychological expression in music. His compositions can be described as dynamic depictions of the spiritual experiences of a Romantic soul."
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Daniil Trifonov - Bach: The Art of Life makes Pianist Magazine's 'Top 10 piano album releases of 2021'
Pianist Magazine' writes....2021 has treated us to a huge number of new releases from our favourite pianists. Here we've gathered our favourite 10 of the year... Included on our list is Bach: The Art of Life – Daniil Trifonov. Centered around Johann Sebastian Bach's late masterpiece The Art of Fugue, this new double album from Russian star Daniil Trifonov reflects his insight...
Daniil Trifonov - Bach Minuet in G Major, BWV Anh. 114 makes CRB - Instant ReplayCRB's Kendall Todd writes….Hear a genre-hopping mix of our favorite music this month! Included: Patsy Cline, classical piano, and one of the all-time greatest hits in rotation on CRB. This series highlights our favorite music of the moment – discoveries we’ve made when we’re at home cooking or cleaning, at the office, or out and about. Classical or otherwise, old, new, or just really cool, these are the tra...
Daniil Trifonov - Bach: The Art of Life is the WFMT: Featured New Release
Centered around Johann Sebastian Bach's late masterpiece The Art of Fugue, this new double album reflects pianist Daniil Trifonov's insight into the family life and music-making of one of the greatest composers of all time. Works by four of Johann Sebastian's sons as well as two pieces known to have been Bach family favorites are also included in a program taking in everything from lighthearted, dance-li...
Daniil Trifonov chats with about 'Bach - The Art of Life' with WVIA Public Media
Daniil Trifonov presents his new Deutsche Grammophon solo recording, Bach – The Art of Life. Centred around Johann Sebastian Bach's late masterpiece The Art of Fugue, the new double album reflects Trifonov's insight into the family life and music-making of one of the greatest composers of all time. Works by four of Johann Sebastian's sons, as well as two pieces known to have been Bach f...
Daniil Trifonov discusses 'Bach - The Art of Life' with Classical Radio
Daniil Trifonov presents his new Deutsche Grammophon solo recording, Bach – The Art of Life. The album will be released on 8 October 2021. Centred around Johann Sebastian Bach's late masterpiece The Art of Fugue, the new double album reflects Trifonov's insight into the family life and music-making of one of the greatest composers of all time. Works by four of Johann Sebastian's sons, a...
Daniil Trifonov discusses 'Silver Age' with 90.9WGUC
90.9WGUC: Cincinnati writes......."He has everything and more... tenderness and also the demonic element. I never heard anything like that," marveled pianist Martha Argerich. Daniil Trifonov, who just turned 30 this month, has had a spectacular ascent of the classical music world, as a solo artist, champion of the concerto repertoire, chamber and vocal collaborator, and composer. In 2019 he played tw...
Daniil Trifonov discusses 'Silver Age' with Harmonious World Podcast
Daniil Trifonov's latest album for Deutsche Grammophon, recorded with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra, recalls a time when Russia's composers, poets, artists, dramatists and star performers were among the most original anywhere in the world. Silver Age illustrates the artistic audacity and brilliance of a turbulent era in the country's history with works by three of its most p...
Beautifully captured, Daniil Trifonov's 'Silver Age' is an epic sojourn into Russian aesthetic history / Audiophile Audition
Audiophile Audition's Gary Lemco writes......Pianist Daniil Trifonov (b. 1991) conceives this album as a tour of the fin de siècle sensibility in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Paris, a grand kaleidoscope of often revolutionary personalities who consciously assaulted the established, complacent expectations of their musical public. As Trifonov expresses his premise, "The Silver Age of art in Russ...
Daniil Trifonov's 'Silver Age' is devoted to dazzling works by three Russian greats / Financial Times
"The Silver Age period of art in Russian history is not a single aesthetic," says Daniil Trifonov, "but describes an increasingly fractured social, political and intellectual environment." In essence, he is talking about the first half of the 20th century. In musical terms this means the generation dominated by Stravinsky and Prokofiev, who both spent long periods away from their Russian ho...
Daniil Trifonov - Silver Age is the WFMT: Featured New Release
Daniil Trifonov's latest album for Deutsche Grammophon, recorded with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra, recalls a time when Russia's composers, poets, artists, dramatists, and star performers were among the most original anywhere in the world. Silver Age illustrates the artistic audacity and brilliance of a turbulent era in the country's history with works by three of its ...
Daniil Trifonov celebrates Russia's 'Silver Age' on new album / udiscovermusic.
Daniil Trifonov pays homage to music created during a pivotal period in Russian history on his new album, Silver Age, released today. "The Silver Age period of art in Russian history is not a single aesthetic, but describes an increasingly fractured social, political, and intellectual environment – a cocktail of different artistic expressions, in agitated interaction," he explained. Features wo...
A Washington Post' critic's suggestions for 'art with meaning' during the 'stay-at-home pandemic' includes; Carnegie Hall's Live streaming series
As the pandemic grinds on, I find myself trying to be more disciplined about wasting time, especially online. I want to go there only with a purpose, not just to while away a few hours clicking idling from distraction to distraction. Some artists, and institutions, seem to be equally purposeful, making and doing things for their online audiences with the same sense of intention and meaning. The best ...
Daniil Trifonov shares his thoughts on Rachmaninoff with 90.9WETA - Wash DC
Like Rachmaninoff, Danill Trifonov was born in Russia, and is already considered one of the world's great pianists at age 29. He is also a composer, and made his way to the United States where he settled in New York. Despite all these parallels, Trifonov didn't start studying and performing Rachmaninoff's music until he was 21, but he has made up for lost time by releasing three albums devote...
Daniil Trifonov's rare artistry illuminates Bach's rarely heard 'Art of Fugue' / The Classical Review
Daniil Trifonov performed music of Bach Sunday afternoon in Chicago. As the 60-degree weather offered hope that another Chicago winter may be coming to an end, there was also the additional spring harbinger of Daniil Trifonov's return to Orchestra Hall. This time the gifted young Russian pianist brought a recital devoted entirely to music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Trifonov's revised program prove...
As he readies for the Soka Performing Arts Center, VoiceofOC asks "should you believe the hype about Daniil Trifonov?"
Hyperbolic statements, particularly in the arts, should be met with a healthy dose of skepticism. A good question to ask when you hear someone refer to an artist as the "greatest" or the "best," is: "What are you selling?" As Carl Sagan once said, extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. In the case of pianist Daniil Trifonov, though, resistance only goes so far. Eye-popping endorsements ...
Daniil Trifonov completes his two-part Destination: Rachmaninoff journey with Arrival, and it is the WFMT: Featured New Release
Following Departure, an album hailed by NPR as a "singular combination of swagger and stunning technique," Daniil Trifonov completes his two-part Destination: Rachmaninoff journey with Arrival, a coupling of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 3 performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Arrival also features Trifonov's own transcriptions of Rac...
Daniil Trifonov: Destination Rachmaninoff-Arrival is the WCLV: Recording Of the Week
Following Departure, an album hailed by NPR as a "singular combination of swagger and stunning technique," Daniil Trifonov completes his two-part Destination: Rachmaninoff journey with Arrival, a coupling of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3 performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Arrival also features Trifonov's own trans...
Yes, we need yet another Rachmaninoff recording and Daniil Trifonov's is splendid / The New York Times
New accounts of standard works, even those covered by dozens of classic recordings, can still enliven classical music. The standard repertory in classical music is often standard for good reason: Great works are gifts that keep on giving with repeated hearings. But what about repeated recordings? It's one thing to hear young pianists take on Rachmaninoff's mighty Third Piano Concerto in concert, with...
CINCINNATI BUSINESS COURIER 'Year in Review' includes doubleheader from Daniil Trifonov
It wasn't easy to choose, but here are my 10 favorite Cincinnati arts highlights from 2019. Here's a doubleheader as Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov, 28, wowed in Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto with the CSO on May 3. Then, on May 5, he played the U.S. premiere of his own Piano Quintet at the Linton Music Series. Trifonov's new album "Destination Rachmaninov – Arrival" follows t...
Daniil Trifonov shows barbaric intensity at the Barbican / The Guardian
The centrepiece of Daniil Trifonov's residency with the London Symphony Orchestra this month was a solo recital. It was a well-packed, generous performance, which provided further confirmation that the 28-year-old Russian is one of the finest pianists today. Despite his celebrity, though, Trifonov is still revealing new aspects of his artistry. His reputation was founded on his sometimes astounding perfo...
Daniil Trifonov delivers dazzling performance with BSO / MassLive
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers.
The moon and the stars.
Peanut butter and jelly.
Some things just go perfectly together. The same is true when it comes to pianist Daniil Trifonov and composer Sergei Rachmaninoff. Both Russian artists have a flair for the dramatic and ferocious talent, especially when it comes to the 28-year-old concert pianist. During his brief but already as...
Trifonov with NSO. It's nice when a concert lives up to its promise / Washington Post
It's nice when a concert feels like an event: the crowded hall, the sense of anticipation. It's also nice when it lives up to its promise. Audience members came for Daniil Trifonov, the hipster poet of the piano, who caressed the keys until they yielded music that was like a sinuous being of its own. They stayed - the ones who did stay - for rich and vivid Shostakovich, played by the National Sym...
As part of a new film, Daniil Trifonov will perform on Chopin original pianos / The Guardian
He is a Grammy award-winning musician hailed as "a phenomenon" and one of "the most astounding young pianists of our age". Now the Russian virtuoso Daniil Trifonov is to take another step towards musical stardom when, as part of a new film, he will perform the work of Frédéric Chopin on the same pianos that the composer played on his 1848 concert tour of Britain. "Other Chopin films hav...
All it took was one live performance from Daniil Trifonov to resoundingly validate why he is the current Big Thing of the piano world / STAGEANDCINEMA
All it took was one live performance from Daniil Trifonov (dan-EEL TREE-fon-ov) to resoundingly validate for me why he is the current Big Thing of the piano world. The Liszt-like master's rendition of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2 at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic (followed by a jaw-dropping encore of Stravinsky's Firebird for piano) convinced me that this is a pianist for the ...
Daniil Trifonov - Destination Rachmaninov is one of the outstanding releases of the year / The Guardian
One might have thought that the prospect of Daniil Trifonov playing two of Rachmaninov's piano concertos would have been enough to sell a disc without any need for extra marketing gimmicks – Trifonov is perhaps the most exciting pianist to have emerged internationally in the last 30 years, and peerless today as a Rachmaninov interpreter. Yet the album comes encumbered with an odd, awkward title &nd...
Daniil Trifonov - Destination Rachmaninoff is WFMT: Featured New Release
Grammy winner Daniil Trifonov presents a cycle of Sergei Rachmaninoff's highly virtuosic piano concertos. Trifonov performs with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra, the orchestra with which Rachmaninoff himself famously recorded the works over 80 years ago. The two-part journey begins with "Destination Rachmaninoff – Departure," including the great Piano Concerto No. ...
Daniil Trifonov: Destination Rachmaninov is KDFC 'Album Of the Week'
New and noteworthy is a recording of the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto #2, arguably the composer's best-loved piece, with the young Russian superstar pianist Daniil Trifonov joining the legendary Philadelphia Orchestra and conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin. The disc also includes the lesser-known 4th Concerto and a Rachmaninoff transcription of a Bach Partita. Listen for selections from this new release throu...
Daniil Trifonov: Destination Rachmaninov is KUSC 'Album Of the Week'
New and noteworthy is a recording of the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto #2, arguably the composer's best-loved piece, with the young Russian superstar pianist Daniil Trifonov joining the legendary Philadelphia Orchestra and conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin. The disc also includes the lesser-known 4th Concerto and a Rachmaninoff transcription of a Bach Partita. Listen for selections from this new rele...
Deutsche Grammophon hosts first concert In Beijing's forbidden city since 98 / udiscovermusic.
Deutsche Grammophon today launched its 120th-anniversary celebrations in impressive style today, hosting a triumphant gala concert at Beijing's Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Globally renowned performers shared the power and beauty of classical music at this exceptional event, presented before the Imperial Ancestral Temple, or Taimiao, for an audience of 1,200 specially invited Chi...
Daniil Trifonov, dreaming of Rachmaninov on a train / npr
Until recently, most classical music videos have been humdrum affairs. Musicians, in concert attire, earnestly produce their notes with eyes closed and heads tilted in a beatific expression, somewhere between a migraine and an attempt to channel Bach from the heavens. But with imagination, and a little cash, it's possible to shoot something more pleasing and exotic - like, for example, a Western by w...
Do you have an all-time favorite recording of Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini? / WRTI
It was the summer of 1934. At his villa in Switzerland near Lake Lucerne, Sergei Rachmaninoff wrote his Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43 comprised of 24 variations. The Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Leopold Stokowski, premiered the work in November, 1934 with Rachmaninoff himself as soloist in Baltimore. It was an immediate success. The Variation No. 18 is one of the most recognizable and b...
Daniil Trifonov & Yannick Nezet-Seguin introduce new DG recording: Destination Rachmaninov - Departure
As a teenager, Daniil Trifonov absorbed lessons from the recordings of Sergei Rachmaninov, lessons that fed the creative process of his latest Deutsche Grammophon project, Destination Rachmaninov – Departure, the first of two albums comprising Trifonov's cycle of the great Russian composer's piano concertos. Destination Rachmaninov – Departure, set for release on October 12, 2018, fea...
As a teenager Daniil Trifonov absorbed lessons from Rachmaninov and now releases; Departure
As a teenager Daniil Trifonov absorbed lessons from the recordings of Sergei Rachmaninov, lessons that fed the creative process of his latest Deutsche Grammophon project. Destination Rachmaninov – Departure is the first of two albums comprising Trifonov's cycle of the great Russian composer's piano concertos. Featuring Nos.2 and 4, along with Rachmaninov's solo piano transcriptions of three movemen...
DG artists will curate Apple Music's Mozart, Bach and Beethoven channels / udiscovermusic.
Deutsche Grammophon and Apple Music have announced a new long-term collaboration designed to enhance the experience of classical music for a global music audience. Central to this new experience with Apple Music is ‘The DG Playlist' – a regularly updated classical musical experience to highlight the very best recordings from the iconic 120-year-old classical music label – and a selectio...
Daniil Trifonov gets around the keyboard like a champ in Rach3 with SFSymphony / San Francisco Chronicle
Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto poses difficulties for performers on several levels. The piece is a challenge just from a technical perspective - there are, you know, a whole lot of notes to get right - but what's even harder is to make the piece sound like more than just a bristling array of fearsome scales and chords. Daniil Trifonov, the young Russian virtuoso who played the piece on Th...
Despite and perhaps because of its implausibility, Daniil Trifonov's Carnegie Hall recital was a triumph / The New York Times
Audiences are not used to seeing the pianist Daniil Trifonov sweat. Whatever intensity he brings to daunting pieces by Rachmaninoff or Liszt, he never appears pushed to his limits. Everything seems to come so easily. That changed on Friday, when Mr. Trifonov performed the seventh and final program of his ambitious Perspectives series for Carnegie Hall, a recital called "Decades." The idea was to surv...