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Daniil Trifonov's, Barbican, London performance was one of the most gruelling pianistic programmes I've heard in a long time. The Russian superstar pianist, who was spotted buying some honey for energy in Tesco, just before his concert, didn't disappoint, even when it got to the encore.

He was just four minutes late when, immaculate in tails, he strode onstage to launch into one of the most gruelling pianistic programmes I've heard in a long time. First he gave a delicately poetic account of Schumann's Kinderszenen, before tearing full-pelt through the same composer's exuberant "Toccata in C major". Then it was down to serious business with Schumann's Kreisleriana. His second half began with five pieces from Shostakovich's Preludes and Fugues – again deeply pondered – before exhibiting the requisite showmanship in his Stravinsky finale, Petrushka. 

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