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Daniil Trifonov elicits dazzling display of Rachmaninoff / The Austrailian

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The reputation of young Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov has preceded him with the force of a tornado. Winner of the 2011 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, he's been acclaimed by Martha Argerich as "having everything and more" and lauded by critics Alex Ross and Norman Lebrecht. Having now heard him perform Rachmaninoff's youthful Piano Concerto No 1 (1892) with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, I can only agree with the superlative praise.

Trifonov has all the elements of a wunderkind virtuoso. He executed the relentless torrents of runs and figurations with extraordinary precision and dexterity and demonstrated exquisite lightness of touch in delicate filigree passagework. But if you listened more deeply, you soon realised that his timbre was remarkable. It's an astonishing mix of penetrating clarity and subtly coloured warmth. At times, he barely seemed to caress the piano's keys yet his sound always rang forth clear and true. Trifonov is in recital at Melbourne Recital Centre, March 14; and then with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, March 17, 18 and 20.

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