Disney Concert Hall
111 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
December 1-4, 2016
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
Daniil Trifonov, piano
RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 3
PROKOFIEV: Scythian Suite
SCRIABIN: Poem of Ecstasy
The Rachmaninov Piano Concert number 3 has the reputation of being one of the most technically challenging piano concertos in the standard repertoire. That’s not surprising because Rachmaninov wrote his concertos for himself, and he was among the greatest virtuosos of his era. He possessed extremely large hands, allowing him to maneuver easily through the most complex passages. His playing was marked by striking clarity; where others sounded blurry from overuse of the pedal or inadequate technique, Rachmaninoff’s playing was crystal clear.
New York Times wrote:
“The sensational Mr. Trifonov, 24, drew roars of approval as he began a fall residency in New York. He is the star attraction of the [N.Y.] Philharmonic’s Rachmaninoff festival.”
The program ends with the Poem of Ecstasy, Scriabin’s one-movement symphonic poem closely related to his intense interest in Theosophy. To accompany (but not be recited with) this piece, Scriabin wrote a poem of over three hundred lines that tracks the ascent of a spirit into consciousness.
Here is Daniel Trifinov, performing the piano concerto number 3 by Rachmaninov: