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Daniil Trifonov & KC Symphony prove impressive / Kansas City Star

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Daniil Trifonov's avidly anticipated debut with the Kansas City Symphony, performing his own piano concerto, proved impressive. The entire program, conducted by Michael Stern, had a heartiness to it and Friday night's audience in Helzberg Hall responded to its jubilance and vitality with resounding applause. Works from virtuoso performer/composers contribute a considerable amount to the classical literature, with Ludwig van Beethoven and Johannes Brahms prime examples, though the practice has fallen off in the latter part of the 20th century. Placing Trifonov's work between Beethoven's Overture to "Egmont" and Brahms' Symphony No. 2 emphasized this connection, especially since both Beethoven and Brahms were first recognized in their 20s for their pianistic abilities, but are remembered for their compositions.

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