Bach: The Art of Life

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Bach: The Art of Life
Daniil Trifonov (piano)

[ Deutsche Grammophon / 2 CD ]

Release Date: Friday 7 January 2022

Daniil Trifonov's new Deutsche Grammophon solo recording, Bach - The Art of Life, is centred around Johann Sebastian Bach's late masterpiece The Art of Fugue. The new double album reflects Trifonov's insight into the family life and music-making of one of the greatest composers of all time. Works by four of Johann Sebastian's sons, as well as two pieces known to have been Bach family favourites are also included in a programme taking in everything from lighthearted dance-like pieces to the mournful majesty of the Chaconne in D minor. Already renowned for his recordings of the Romantic repertoire, Daniil Trifonov brings the same magical combination of vitality, sensitivity and flawless technical command to these works of an earlier age.

"We don't normally associate Daniil Trifonov with Bach, so this recording is a revelation…Many pianists radiate effort in their attempts to make intellectual sense of The Art of Fugue: Trifonov's approach seems effortless, at once incisive and tender, purveying pure pleasure from start to finish." BBC Music Instrumental Choice Christmas 2021

"The album's centerpiece, the Art of Fugue, does not disappoint, as we are introduced to a diverse array of personalities. Contrapunctus I, for instance, is marked by a solemnity that yet doesn't dwell....Trifonov brings out the themes clearly, there is more of a panoramic objectivity in his playing: the briskness, when combined with fluidity and a velvety tone, lets us hear how seamlessly all the voices work together." TheClassicReview


Bach, J C: Harpsichord Sonata, Op. 17 No. 5 - I & II
Bach, W F: Twelve Polonaises, F. 12 - No 8
Bach, C P E: Clavier‐Sonaten und freie Fantasien nebst einigen Rondos, Wq59 - IV. Rondo
Bach, J C F: Variations on "Ah vous dirais-je, Maman," HW 12 no 2
Bach, J S: Musette in D major, BWV Anh. 126
Bach, J S: Gedenke doch, mein Geist, BWV509
Bach, J S: Menuett in A minor, BWV Anh. II / 120
Bach, J S: Minuet in F major, BWV Anh. 113
Bach, J S: Polonaise in F major, BWV Anh. 117a
Bach, J S: Polonaise in D minor, BWV Anh. II / 128
Bach, J S: Gib dich zufrieden, BWV511
Bach, J S: Minuet in G major, BWV Anh. 114
Bach, J S: Minuet in G major, BWV Anh. 116
Bach, J S: Polonaise, BWV Anh. 125
Bach, J S: Menuett in C minor, BWV Anh. II / 121
Stölzel: Bist du bei mir
Brahms: Studies (5), Anh.1a / 1: Chaconne von JS Bach
Bach, J S: The Art of Fugue, BWV1080
Bach, J S: Cantata BWV147 'Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben' Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (Transcr. Hess for Piano)

Daniil Trifonov - Bach: Cantata BWV 147: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (Transcr. Hess for Piano)