Transcendental: Daniil Trifonov plays Franz Liszt (2CD)

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Daniil Trifonov

Transcendental is the new solo release by piano sensation Daniil Trifonov.

His press reviews are consistently out of this world and The Times quote says it all: He is the finest young pianist of our age.

After his successful "Rachmaninov Variations" last year, he has now created another statement to define his extraordinary and growing legacy. It is dedicated to the greatest pianist of his own century: Franz Liszt.

The repertoire is Liszt’s Complete Concert Etudes. These Etudes remain amongst the most challenging piano pieces ever composed – and are rarely recorded or performed. This is the first time that the Complete Liszt Etudes have been recorded as a whole for DG. And Daniil Trifonov is one of the few pianists to have recorded them all in one go – in an unbelievable five days.

Beyond his phenomenal technique, Daniil Trifonov is a distinctly Russian artist: an intense, soulful musician in the great Russian tradition whose presentation and repertoire set him apart from all other young piano stars of today.

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Transcendental Studies, S139 Nos. 1-12

Two Concert Studies, S145/R6: Gnomenreigen; Waldesrauschen

Three Concert Studies, S144/R5: Un lamento; La leggierezza; Un sospiro

Grandes Études de Paganini (6), S. 141

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Sunday Times

2nd October 2016

“These two enthralling discs show exactly why the 25-year-old Russian Klaviertiger is the current darling of the piano world...Trifonov leaves one open-mouthed at the Mendelssohnian wit and dexterity of Gnomenreigen, and at the sheer playfulness of Liszt’s homages to Paganini. A young player, yes, but already a master.”

The Guardian

21st September 2016


“Trifonov is already an exceptionally thoughtful interpreter, with musicianship that more than matches his technical gifts...while there is never any doubting the brilliance of Trifonov’s playing, that is only the starting point; the delicacy and transparency of his performances are often more striking than their moments of rampaging virtuosity.”

Wall Street Journal

3rd October 2016

“Trifonov’s set possesses a wonderful lightness of being. Lyrical works like “Il lamento,” one of Liszt’s most beautiful “Concert Études,” are characterized by understated simplicity and tender feeling...And his “Transcendental Études” are a wonder of seeming spontaneity and breathtaking ease.”

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