Chopin Evocations (2CD)

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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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CD 1

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

CD 2

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

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