Artist Portrait: Daniil Trifonov


Beethoven Piano Concerto No 5

Sun 2 Jun 2019 7.00pm - 9.25pm
Barbican Hall, London

IVES A Symphony: New England Holidays*
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No 5

Michael Tilson Thomas conductor
Daniil Trifonov piano
Samuel West narrator*
Felix Mildenberger assistant conductor*
London Symphony Chorus*
Simon Halsey chorus director
London Symphony Orchestra

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Daniil Trifonov takes on the enormous technical demands of Beethoven’s mighty ‘Emperor’ as part of his Artist Portrait series.

So nicknamed for its heroic melodies and grand scale, Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’, or Piano Concerto No 5, looks beyond the Classical era, exulting in the romance and grandeur that would follow. The piece is propelled by the energetic interplay between piano and orchestra, and requires a pianist of exceptional capability. 

Charles Ives’ New England Holidays stands as one of the composer’s most radical and experimental pieces. Juxtaposing a frightening dissonance with picturesque childhood nostalgia, it draws together disparate allusions and discordant sounds to reflect the scraps and fragments that make up our memories. ‘Here are melodies like icons,’ wrote Ives' biographer, ‘resonating with memory and history, with war, childhood, community, and nation.’

Ives’ New England Holidays will be preceded by a short demonstration of some of the hymns and songs used in the Symphony, performed by the London Symphony Chorus.

Discovery Day

Sunday 2 June, 10am–5pm
Attend a morning LSO rehearsal with Michael Tilson Thomas followed by a talk about Charles Ives with chamber music performances in the afternoon.

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Artist Portrait

Also in Daniil Triofonov's LSO Artist Portrait series:

Monday 10 June 2019
Solo piano recital
works by Beethoven, Schumann and Prokofiev

Sunday 16 June 2019
Shostakovich Concerto No 1 for Piano, Trumpet and Strings
with Gianandrea Noseda and Philip Cobb