Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov's new album of Liszt's complete concert etudes, Transcendental, released on Deutsche Grammophon on October 7
"Daniil Trifonov proves himself an heir to Liszt." - Washington Post
"Trifonov, all of 24 years old, gave one of the great performances of Liszt's endlessly demanding score. Pianophiles will remember cherished recordings by Lazar Berman and Claudio Arrau; Trifonov belongs in their rarefied company." - Boston Globe
Pianist Daniil Trifonov, whose playing the New York Times called "simply electrifying," plays Franz Liszt's complete concert etudes on his new two-disc album, Transcendental, released by Deutsche Grammophon on October 7, 2016.
Daniil Trifonov is one of the few pianists to have recorded Liszt's concert Études in one concentrated period and the first to record them in full for Deutsche Grammophon. He set down his visionary interpretations within the space of five days, a feat in keeping with the tireless energy and superhuman spirit of Liszt himself. Trifonov's approach to Liszt is informed by the legacy of the Russian school of piano playing in which he was raised and by his profound understanding of the composer's musical language. "Liszt's technical virtuosity is just a means to evoke extremes of emotion," observes Trifonov. "His daring harmonic and structural innovations revealed new horizons for emotional and psychological expression in music. His compositions can be described as dynamic depictions of the spiritual experiences of a Romantic soul."
Transcendental includes captivating interpretations of "La campanella", the most popular of Liszt's fiendishly difficult Grandes études de Paganini, and of "Mazeppa" in its final, 1852 version, an ideal showcase for Trifonov's virtuosity and musicianship from the dozen Transcendental Études.
The power of Trifonov to transcend the ordinary and touch the sublime has inspired critics and commentators to liken him to the greatest keyboard virtuosos of all time. He was recently hailed by the Neue Zürcher Zeitung as a "Russian Miracle", a pianist without equal for his combination of "spontaneity, risk and high-drilled technique". The newspaper's acclamation underlines the overwhelming critical consensus that Daniil Trifonov is one of the most remarkable musicians of this or any other age.
Trifonov's busy schedule in 2016-17 includes summer dates at the Verbier, Ravinia, Aspen and Edinburgh festivals, recital tours in Germany and Austria in October, performances in November with the New York Philharmonic, performances of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No.3 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and Gustavo Dudamel and the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle, and a major tour of Australia. This album follows last year's DG release Rachmaninov Variations, which included Trifonov's own composition Rachmaniana.