[ Deutsche Grammophon / CD ]
Release Date: Sunday 20 September 2015
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In the great tradition of Russian pianist-composers, Trifonov may be rightly considered an heir to Rachmaninov - a passionate virtuoso at the keyboard and a Romantic spirit in his own compositions
With this album, the young artist pays tribute to his illustrious musical forefather with a fascinating programme comprising three sets of Rachmaninov Variations: the hyper-virtuostic Variations on a theme of Corelli and the rare Variations on a Theme of Chopin for solo piano, along with the famous and much-loved Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini for piano and orchestra.
Trifonov will perform the Paganini Rhapsody in most key markets through 2015-16; his previous performances received great critical acclaim: "A ravishing, startling and altogether convincing 'Rhapsody'" (San Francisco Chronicle) // "We were drawn close in to the imaginative wonder of Rachmaninov's teeming invention" (The Times).
"the finest young pianist in the world . . . The 24-year-old Russian is without question the most astounding young pianist of our age . . . [with the work "Rachmaniana" on his new CD, Trifonov] has written a piano concerto that is by all accounts tempestuous, brilliant and impossible for anyone except the composer to play. Just like Rachmaninov." The Times
"The opening bars tell you this is going to be a good 'Pag Rhap'. As things turn out, it is a great one, up there with the very best...While Trifonov revels in the pianistic gymnastics, he is also alert to the moments of mischief...Trifonov and Nézet-Séguin do seem genuinely to be a meeting of musical minds." Gramophone Award Nomination 2016 - Concerto
"the Philadelphians under Yannick Nézet-Séguin provide sterling support for Trifonov's stunning pyrotechnics. There are also moments of magical repose, Trifonov achieving astonishing beauty of tone and atmosphere in the almost impressionistic harmonies of Variations 11 and 17…this is clearly an outstanding version in an already overcrowded field." (BBC Music Instrumental recording of the month December 2015)
Variations on a Theme of Chopin, Op. 22
Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43
Philadelphia Orchestra, Yannick Nézet-Séguin