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DG releases 2 landmark classical piano recordings / The Daily Telegraph

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Artists at opposite ends of illustrious international careers have released two recent landmark classical piano recordings on the famous Yellow Label, Deutsche Grammophon.

At 26 there's seemingly nothing that Russian pianist-composer Daniil Trifonov can't do. His concert appearances, including his Australian debut with Sydney Symphony Orchestra early last year performing Rachmaninov's first concerto, have drawn universal acclaim from critics and concertgoers alike, and his growing discography has reaped Grammy Awards and five-star ratings from the most demanding reviewers. Following on from his fabulous 2016 recording of Liszt's Transcendental Studies he turns his attention to Chopin and his influence on the piano repertoire in his latest studio outing. The double-disc Chopin Evocations features original works - the two piano concertos, some variations on a Mozart theme, the Rondo for two pianos and the Fantasie Impromptu - interlaced with homages from Schumann, Grieg, Tchaikovsky and the American 20th century composer Samuel Barber.

Polish maestro Krystian Zimerman used the approach of his 60th birthday to get back into the recording studio for the first time in more than 25 years to place his peerless imprimatur on two late sonatas by Schubert. Using a keyboard he designed himself to equate to the light touch and singing quality of an instrument Schubert would have played, this reading of the A major D959 and B flat major D960 sonatas represents Zimerman's distilled wisdom from playing these works over at least four decades. "I had such respect for these works … but with that came tremendous fear," he says. "I realised it was time … to find the courage to perform these late works. I let go of the old stories about this being music by a man aware that he was about to die."