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Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No 1 (Trifonov) – The Mariinsky Label

TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No 1

'He has the world at his feet' The Times
'Outstanding' International Record Review
La Clef du Mois ResMusica
***** Diapason

  • Daniil Trifonov piano

    Valery Gergiev conductor
    Mariinsky Orchestra

  • Total Duration 68m32s

    Catalogue number MAR0530
    UPC 822231853022

    Recorded October 2011, January and April 2012 in the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russia

    Vladimir Ryabenko producer
    Vladimir Ryabenko engineering, editing & mixing
    Jonathan Stokes for Classic Sound Ltd mastering

    Includes multi-channel 5.0 and stereo mixes.
    Notes in English / en Francais / auf Deutsch / на русском языке

  • CD reviews

    La Clef du Mois ResMusica

    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

    ***** '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' Diapason

    '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

    '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 swirlingErlkönig, reveal his ability to conjure mood and drama with colour or phrasing… He has the world at his feet.' The Times

    '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

    'Daniil Trifonov, still only 21, is one of the hottest pianists of the moment.' The Irish Times

    ‘Massive power gives way to the most delicate pianissimi and a constant sense of discovery. This performance is close to epic.’ Open Letters Monthly

    'Truly exciting Tchaikovsky… One of the most exhilarating recordings of the Tchaikovsky concerto I've heard in years… It could easily have been a CD Review disc of the week when it was released last year so I'm glad you've heard it this morning.'
    BBC Radio 3 CD Review

    *** '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

    General reviews

    '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.'
    Martha Argerich

    '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

    '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.'
    Norman Lebrecht


Daniil Trifonov, Valery Gergiev & Mariinsky Orchestra

Since winning the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2011, Daniil Trifonov has established himself as the world's most exciting young pianist. On this, his debut Mariinsky recording, he presents Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No 1 along with a unique selection of recital repertoire.

Track list

01 - 03 Tchaikovsky –  Piano Concerto No 1 
04 Tchaikovsky –  Un poco di Chopin
05 Chopin –  Bacarolle
06 Schubert / Liszt – Erlkönig
07 Schubert / Liszt – Frühlingsglaube
08 Schubert / Liszt – Die Forelle
09 Schubert / Liszt – Auf dem Wasser zu Singen
10 Schubert / Liszt – Die Stadt (Schwanengesang)
11 Schumann / Liszt – Liebeslied (Widmung)

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