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Daniil Trifonov - Transcendental / PopMatters review

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Franz Liszt was a piano superstar early in his life; by the time he was a teenager, he was considered to be one of the world's best musicians to ever take up the instrument, touring constantly and earning acclaim by combining skill with showmanship. It wasn't until much later that he became such a noteworthy composer. (Facts such as these are important to keep in mind when we are tempted to dismiss a classical music prodigy simply because they haven't "been around" or "lived the life" that such difficult music demands.)

Russian Pianist Daniil Trifonov's career has also enjoyed an early start, and judging by his double album Transcendental: Daniil Trifonov Plays Franz Liszt, no hubris is about to get in the way. A review of the prodigy's solo recital at Carnegie Hall seems to imply that Trifonov is in his comfort zone when performing Liszt. Considering that Liszt's "Édtudes" have the potential to put one's fingers in knots, Daniil Trifonov's rendition of the material is impressive.

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