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Daniil Trifonov joins The Dallas Symphony for Rachmaninoff PC#1 / TheatreJones

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The Dallas Symphony delighted audiences Thursday night with its performance of Hector Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique. This "dramatic symphony" is an easy crowd-pleaser, to be sure, with its programmatic description of a blissful opium dream that turns into a very bad trip indeed. 

The first half of the program featured Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 1 in F-Sharp Minor, with 24-year-old Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov at the keyboard. This concerto is less frequently performed than Rachmaninoff's two later concerti or his Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Trifonov skillfully outlined and interpreted the concerto's many assets, from his crisp staccato in the first movement to his lyrically shaped phrases in the second to his muscular playing in the third movement Allegro vivace. Trifonov provided listeners outstanding playing from a bold young musical voice.   READ THE FULL TheatreJones REVIEW