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Daniil Trifonov dazzles with RLP at Symphony Hall, Birmingham / theguardian

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Though it has never achieved anything approaching the popularity of its two predecessors, Rachmaninov's Fourth Piano Concerto has never lacked great interpreters, from the composer himself onwards. As his performance with Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic showed so vividly at Symphony Hall, Birmingham on Thursday 2 February 2017, Daniil Trifonov is the latest to join a list that includes Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli and Vladimir Ashkenazy.

Trifonov is perhaps the most dazzling pianistic talent around today, yet never flaunts that brilliance. As almost all pianists do nowadays, he played Rachmaninov's final 1941 version of the Fourth Concerto, and one could almost take for granted the utter security of everything in the solo part, which twisted, darted and glittered with breathtaking agility. But he's an intelligent artist, too, who lets the music speak for itself when it needs to, so that the opening of the concerto's slow movement was all the more effective for being so beautifully matter of fact, without extra emotional loading. Photograph: Robbie Jack/Corbis via Getty Images

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