[ Deutsche Grammophon / 2 CD ]
Release Date: Friday 6 November 2020
Daniil Trifonov pays homage to music created during a pivotal period in Russian history
Daniil Trifonov's new album, Silver Age , recorded with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra, recalls a time when Russia's composers, poets, artists, dramatists and star performers were among the most original anywhere in the world. It illustrates the artistic audacity and brilliance of a turbulent era in the country's history with works by three of its most pioneering composers: Scriabin's Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in F sharp minor Op.20, Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor Op.16 and Stravinsky's Three Movements from Petrushka . The tracklist also comprises Stravinsky's Serenade and excerpts from the composer's piano suite version of The Firebird , together with Prokofiev's Sarcasmes Op.17, Piano Sonata No.8 in B flat major Op.84 and the "Gavotte" from Cinderella Op.95 No.2
Daniil Trifonov's choice of music mirrors the inventive variety of this brief but explosive cultural moment. " Scriabin ," he notes, "wished to combine all aesthetic experience in a single, mystical, musical vision; Stravinsky unified the arts through a radical re interpretation of ballet; Prokofiev , meanwhile, embraced cinema as the most complete and modern synthesis of the senses."
Having paved the way for future artistic achievements, the spirit of Russia's Silver Age is justly celebrated in these new recordings.
"All credit to the young Russian virtuoso pianist Daniil Trifonov for beginning his artist in residence season at the New York Philharmonic … with a scintillating account of this Scriabin rarity … [He] played with an uncanny balance of tenderness and flair: call it soft spoken virtuosity." New York Times , 28 November 2019
"These are two exceptional discs in many ways. The Scriabin Concerto seems to me particularly successful, because Trifonov has a fine instinct for its ebb and flow of moods...Prokofiev's monstrously demanding Second Concerto sees him completely in his element so far as hyper-virtuosity is concerned...With the Eighth Sonata I have more concerns. In general Trifonov has difficulty keeping his inner agitation in check." (Gramophone)
'This is certainly a golden age collection from Trifonov, and it's admirable that these two discs are always more about the music than about him...If I were to choose a compendium of Russian (mostly) 20th-century works for solo piano and piano-with-orchestra, this would be close...Each interpretation is at the very top of the list...I learned new things about every work here, but the way Trifonov makes every moment live is simply astonishing.'
BBC Music - Recording of the Month January 2021
Stravinsky: Serenade in A for piano
Prokofiev: Sarcasms (5), Op. 17
Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No. 8 in B flat major, Op. 84
Prokofiev: Cinderella - Three Pieces for Piano, Op. 95 - II. Gavotte
Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16
Stravinsky: Three Movements from Petrushka
Scriabin: Piano Concerto in F sharp minor, Op. 20