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Daniil Trifonov returns to Carnegie Hall one year after his recital debut / New York Times review

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Almost exactly one year after his Carnegie Hall recital debut the young Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov returned to its main auditorium. Word of that triumphant debut, in which the then-21-year-old demonstrated his uncommon technical gifts and poetic sensibility in works by Scriabin, Liszt and Chopin, and the recent release of its live recording, contributed to the crush of ticket seekers outside the hall on Thursday evening.

The program opened with Stravinsky's Neo-Classical "Serenade in A," which Mr. Trifonov played with careful attention to structure, his lanky frame bent over the keyboard so far that his face nearly touched his hands and he resembled a watchmaker absorbed in the assembly of minute and intricate gears. Mr. Trifonov gave three encores: two fluid accounts of Chopin's Opus 28 Preludes (Nos. 17 and 16) and one composition of his own, a breathless, exuberant Scherzo from his Piano Sonata.

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