Trifonov Live:

  • The Carnegie Recital and Trifonov Plays Chopin

This is a new recording that was just issued in October, 2014. It combines music from Mr. Trifonov’s recent recital at Carnegie Hall, with music of Chopin.

We get to listen to the following:


  • Preludes (24), Op. 28
  • Rondo a la Mazurka, Op. 5
  • Waltz No. 1 in E flat major ‘Grande Valse Brillante’, Op. 18
  • Étude Op. 10 No. 8 in F major
  • Andante spianato & Grande Polonaise, Op. 22
  • Mazurkas Op. 56 Nos. 1-3



  • Fairy Tale in E Flat major Op. 26 No. 2


  • Piano Sonata No. 2 in G sharp minor, Op. 19 ‘Sonata Fantasy’

Performed by Daniil Trifonov (piano)

Pianists trained in Russia bring something very special to their music that is hard to describe: What I see in common with so many of these astounding performers are the following:
PASSION for the music; totally astounding technique. Broad repertoire. Deep feeling; and huge sensitivity.

On occasion I wonder how they get the performance energy; then I realize how young many of these performers are.

The German publication “Deutsche Welle” put it this way in describing Mr. Trifonov:

“His technique is so impeccable that with him, the rest is expression of identity in its purest form. That identity emerges in all the things he’s not able to put into words: tenderness, depth, but sometimes also dark abysses.”

I also like the way the Financial Times expressed it:

“Virtuosity is one thing, youthful exuberance another. Many aspiring talents survive on just one of these qualities. A lucky few have both. No one combines them with musical maturity the way Daniil Trifonov does. The technical brilliance is always at the service of his powerful imagination. The exuberance is controlled by his natural musicianship. What makes him such a phenomenon is the ecstatic quality he brings to his performances – an all-consuming intensity-of-belonging on the public platform that translates into something thrilling, absorbing, inspiring.”

Let’s listen to Daniil Trifonov perform:

First, here is the Chopin Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise in E flat major Op. 22:



And next, something quite different: Daniil Trifonov plays Debussy’s “Reflets d’un l’eau” (Reflections in water):



Tags: Daniil Trifonov, pianist, Carnegie Hall recital, Chopin, Liszt, Scriabin