_Mariinsky Label: Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No 1
Since winning the Tchaikovsky Competition in 2011, Daniil Trifonov has established himself a the world's most exciting young pianist. On his debut Mariinsky recording, he playes Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No 1 and presents a unique selection of recital repertoire.
Tchaikovsky – Piano Concerto No 1
Tchaikovsky – Un poco di Chopin
Chopin – Bacarolle
Schubert / Liszt – Erlkönig
Schubert / Liszt – Frühlingsglaube
Schubert / Liszt – Die Forelle
Schubert / Liszt – Auf dem Wasser zu Singen
Schubert / Liszt – Die Stadt (Schwanengesang)
Schumann / Liszt – Liebeslied (Widmung)
La Clef du Mois ResMusica (France)
IRR Outstanding ‘Trifonov may be at the start of his career but he is already a mature artist. His youth brings an overwhelming energy which seems to blow the cobwebs off everything he performs: he forces one to listen to these works anew, the sure sign of greatness.’ International Record Review (UK)
***** ‘L'individualité des voix (Erlkönig), la clarté des plans (Die Stadt) le mouvement (Auf dem Wasser zu singen) et le plaisir de jouer (Die Forelle,Widmung) sont les marques d'un grand artiste en devenir‘ Diapson (France)
‘Trifonov's combination of delicacy and fire leaves an indelible impression in this debut recording with the Mariinsky. The Tchaikovsky, scorching and heart-rending but never bombastic, is paired with solo Liszt transcriptions (of Schumann and Schubert) and Chopin's Barcarolle’ The Observer (UK)
'His [Trifonov’s] performance of the Tchaikovsky warhorse is nuanced but not mannered, virtuosic without being showy, and powerful yet not hammered, as many young Russian pianists do. Liszt’s grandiose transcriptions of Schubert and Schumann songs, including a swirling Erlkönig, reveal his ability to conjure mood and drama with colour or phrasing … He has the world at his feet' The Times (UK)
‘… his recording breaks new ground. It confirms, if confirmation was necessary, that St. Petersburg’s Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre is a major-league ensemble, and it represents another jewel in the crown of the new Mariinsky label. Best of all, with the considerable assistance of Mariinsky director Valery Gergiev on the podium, Trifonov scrapes away the bombast and the posturing from a score that’s regularly performed — and listened to — on autopilot.’ Boston Globe (USA)
‘Daniil Trifonov is a pianist of stupendous talent and huge potential is in no doubt, and it is to be hoped that his gift will continue to be nurtured to full maturity in the coming years.’ CD Choice (UK)
*** (max) 'À 21 ans, auréolé de toute une série de recompenses, le Russe Daniil Trifonov a plus que toutes les qualités pour prendre à bras-le-corps le ‹‹Concerto pour piano No. 1›› de Tchaïkovski. D’autant qu’il le joue avec l’orchestre du Mariinsky, dirigé par Valery Gergiev. Autant dire que l'âme slave souffle sans retenue sur ce brillant enregistrement, qui se complète des transcriptions de Liszt pour piano seul.' Point de vue (France)
‘Daniil Trifonov, still only 21, is one of the hottest pianists of the moment.’ The Irish Times (IRE)
'He has everything and more. What he does with his hands is technically incredible. It's also his touch – he has tenderness and also the demonic element. I have never heard anything like that'
'Mr. Trifonov has scintillating technique and a virtuosic flair. He is also a thoughtful artist … he can play with soft-spoken delicacy, not what you associate with competition conquerors'
Anthony Tommasini, New York Times (USA)
'A pianist for the rest of our lives … This is a major artist, phenomenally gifted and almost fully formed, with fresh ideas and a winning stage presence that is quite irresistible from the moment he bounds through the door and sits at the keyboard, unable to contain his need to share'
Recorded October 2011, January and April 2012 in the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russia
Vladimir Ryabenko, producer & engineer
Vladimir Ryabenko, editing & mixing
Jonathan Stokes (Classic Sound Ltd), mastering
Includes multi-channel 5.0 and stereo mixes
Notes in English, French, German and Russian