Star pianist & composer Daniil Trifonov's new double album celebrates Chopin’s power to move and his influence upon other great composers including Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Grieg, Barber and Mompou. As Trifonov says, “Chopin speaks to everyone in a very personal way because he evokes emotions in us.”
Trifonov burst onto the international music scene at the International Chopin Competition in 2010. He then went on to win the Grand Prize at the 2011 Tchaikovsky Competition performing Chopin's 1st Piano Concerto in the final round. Daniil Trifonov stands for virtuosity, musical poetry and evocative power. He is the world’s top young pianist today - and the music of Chopin is close to his heart.
The album features world premiere recordings of both Piano Concertos in fascinating orchestrations by pianist-composer Mikhail Pletnev. Pletnev also conducts the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in performances of exceptional detail, lyrical freedom and chamber music-like transparency.
The solo works include some of Chopin's earliest (Variations on "La ci darem la mano" Op. 2) and latest (Fantaisie-Impromptu Op. 66) works, together with the rarely-heard Rondo Op. 73a for two pianos, a devilishly difficult piece here performed by Trifonov together with his friend and mentor, Sergei Babayan.
The atmospheric tenth variation of Mompou's Variations on a Theme of Chopin is entitled "Evocation" and, in its poigant transformation of Chopin's famous melodies, inspired the name of this album.
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Frédéric Chopin: Concerto For Piano And Orchestra No. 2 In F Minor, Op. 21 (Arr. By Mikhail Pletnev) 1. I. Maestoso 2. II. Larghetto 3. III. Allegro vivace
Frédéric Chopin: Variations On "La ci darem la mano", Op. 2 4. Introduction. Largo - Poco piu mosso, common time 5. Thema. Allegretto 6. Variation 1. Brillante 7. Variation 2. Veloce, ma accuratamente 8. Variation 3. Sempre sostenuto 9. Variation 4. Con bravura 10. Variation 5. Adagio 11. Coda. Alla Polacca
Robert Schumann: Carnaval, Op.9 12. XII. Chopin
Edvard Grieg: Moods, Op.73 13. V. Étude "Hommage à Chopin"
14. Samuel Barber: Nocturne, Op. 33
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: 18 Pieces, Op. 72, TH 151 15. XV. Un poco di Chopin
Frédéric Chopin: Rondo In C Major, Op.73 1. Rondo In C Major, Op.73
Frédéric Chopin: Concerto For Piano And Orchestra No. 1 In E Minor, Op. 11 (Arr. By Mikhail Pletnev) 2. I. Allegro maestoso 3. II. Romance. Larghetto 4. III. Rondo. Vivace
Federico Mompou: Variations On A Theme By Chopin 5. Theme. Andantino 6. Variation 1. Tranquillo e molto amabile 7. Variation 2. Gracioso 8. Variation 3. Para la mano iquierda. Lento 9. Variation 4. Espressivo 10. Variation 5. Tempo di Mazurka 11. Variation 6. Recitativo 12. Variation 7. Allegro leggiero 13. Variation 8. Andante dolce e espressivo 14. Variation 9. Valse 15. Variation 10. Évocation. Cantabile molto espressivo 16. Variation 11. Lento dolce e legato 17. Variation 12. Galope y Epílogo
18. Frédéric Chopin: Fantaisie-Impromptu In C Sharp Minor, Op. 66