Hear Trifonovs captivating recital at Carnegie Hall as of December 7th in works by Schumann, Shostakovich, Stravinsky and encores by Medtner.
The music on this program requires poetry and passion that only a master pianist can deliver. “Daniil Trifonov’s playing has it all … he leaves you struggling for superlatives,” said The Guardian. Schumann’s Kinderszenen tenderly reflects on childhood, his Toccata is dazzlingly virtuosic, and his Kreisleriana is wildly inventive. Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier and Chopin’s Preludes provided the inspiration for Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes and Fugues. Shostakovich’s music, however, is hardly derivative; the composer’s melancholy, acerbic wit, and technical genius shine through. For pure high-octane excitement, it’s difficult to top Stravinsky’s Three Movements from Pétrouchka, a touchstone for any pianist.
The full recital is available at medici.tv
Shostakovich: Prelude and Fugue in D Minor No. 24
Nikolai Medtner: Fairy Tales Op. 26 No. 3