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Liszt's Transcendental Studies are a colossal undertaking for any pianist. They are a catalogue of showmanship, an encyclopedia of technical challenges from double octaves to frenzied scales to the kind of finger action that sounds like several hands must be pummelling the keyboard all at once. They are physically and musically unrelenting; to sit through all 12 in a row is a big ask for the listener, let alone the performer.

Twenty-three-year-old Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov is that rare breed of old-fashioned virtuoso who can not only master this music technically, but also make some poetic sense of it. His long fingers are built for the challenge, and he has the capacity to unleash the avalanche of notes and pick character and nuance from the dense scoring. Several audience watches bleeped one o'clock during the lush textures of the penultimate study, Harmonies du soir, bringing us thumping to earth after a bewildering hour.

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