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Daniil Trifonov delivers dazzling performance with BSO / MassLive

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Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers.
The moon and the stars.
Peanut butter and jelly.
Some things just go perfectly together.

The same is true when it comes to pianist Daniil Trifonov and composer Sergei Rachmaninoff. Both Russian artists have a flair for the dramatic and ferocious talent, especially when it comes to the 28-year-old concert pianist. During his brief but already astounding career, Trifonov has quickly established himself as one of the world's greatest pianists. In one concert after another featuring a wide-ranging repertoire, Trifonov consistently delivers mind-blowing performances which display his deft touch and innovative interpretations of complex compositions. The same was true Tuesday when he performed Rachmaninoff's passionate, precise Third Piano Concerto with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

But Shostakovich had his own unique style. And Nelsons and the BSO seem to have a knack for bringing out the best in this Russian composer's often ethereal music. No wonder Nelsons has been so fascinated with Shostakovich's music for so many years. And thankfully, Nelsons can bring his vision for Shostakovich's music to life, thanks to the world-class musicians Nelsons works with in the BSO.