Transcendental: Daniil Trifonov plays Franz Liszt

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Transcendental: Daniil Trifonov plays Franz Liszt


Presto Disc of the Week

7th October 2016

Gramophone Awards 2017

Finalist - Instrumental

Gramophone Magazine

Disc of the Month - October 2016



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Transcendental: Daniil Trifonov plays Franz Liszt


Transcendental Studies, S139 Nos. 1-12

Two Concert Studies, S145/R6: Gnomenreigen; Waldesrauschen

Three Concert Studies, S144/R5: Un lamento; La leggierezza; Un sospiro

Grandes Études de Paganini (6), S. 141

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Daniil Trifonov has been described by The Times as "the finest young pianist of our age".

After his successful "Rachmaninov Variations" last year, he has now created another statement to define his extraordinary and growing legacy. It is dedicated to the greatest pianist of his own century: Franz Liszt.

The repertoire is Liszt’s Complete Concert Etudes. These Etudes remain amongst the most challenging piano pieces ever composed – and are rarely recorded or performed. This is the first time that the Complete Liszt Etudes have been recorded as a whole for DG. And Daniil Trifonov is one of the few pianists to have recorded them all in one go – in an unbelievable five days.

Beyond his phenomenal technique, Daniil Trifonov is a distinctly Russian artist: an intense, soulful musician in the great Russian tradition whose presentation and repertoire set him apart from all other young piano stars of today.

Franz Liszt: 12 Etudes d'exécution transcendante, S.139

No.1 Prélude (Presto)

No.2 Molto vivace

No.3 Paysage (Poco adagio)

No.4 Mazeppa (Presto)

No.5 Feux follets (Allegretto)

No.6 Vision (Lento)

No.7 Eroica (Allegro)

No.8 Wilde Jagd (Presto furioso)

No.9 Ricordanza (Andantino)

No.10 Allegro agitato molto

No.11 Harmonies du soir (Andantino)

No.12 Chasse neige (Andante con moto)

Franz Liszt: 2 Etudes de Concert, S.145

No.1 Waldesrauschen

No.2 Gnomenreigen

Franz Liszt: 3 Etudes de Concert, S.144

No.1 In A Flat "Il lamento" (A capriccio - Allegro cantabile)

No.2 In F Minor "La leggierezza" (A capriccio - Quasi allegretto)

No.3 In D-Flat Major "Un sospiro"

Franz Liszt: Grandes Etudes de Paganini, S.141

No.1 In G Minor

No.2 In E Flat Major

No.3 In G-Sharp Minor "La Campanella"

No.4 In E Major

No.5 In E Major

No.6 In A Minor

The Guardian

21st September 2016


“Trifonov is already an exceptionally thoughtful interpreter, with musicianship that more than matches his technical gifts...while there is never any doubting the brilliance of Trifonov’s playing, that is only the starting point; the delicacy and transparency of his performances are often more striking than their moments of rampaging virtuosity.”

Sunday Times

2nd October 2016

“These two enthralling discs show exactly why the 25-year-old Russian Klaviertiger is the current darling of the piano world...Trifonov leaves one open-mouthed at the Mendelssohnian wit and dexterity of Gnomenreigen, and at the sheer playfulness of Liszt’s homages to Paganini. A young player, yes, but already a master.”

Wall Street Journal

3rd October 2016

“Trifonov’s set possesses a wonderful lightness of being. Lyrical works like “Il lamento,” one of Liszt’s most beautiful “Concert Études,” are characterized by understated simplicity and tender feeling...And his “Transcendental Études” are a wonder of seeming spontaneity and breathtaking ease.”

Presto Classical

Katherine Cooper

7th October 2016

“What’s striking about this collection is the tangible absence of egoism in the playing...the focus is squarely on the breathtaking complexity of the music itself rather than the skill and mechanics involved in bringing it to life, and there are moments which genuinely seem to tap into that much-ballyhooed idea of ‘the Romantic Sublime’.”

Gramophone Magazine

October 2016

“Trifonov’s is the best kind of virtuoso playing, where one is hardly aware of the notes being played, allowing one to simply bask in the genius of Liszt’s musical narrative and the transcendant execution of an awesomely gifted pianist.”

BBC Music Magazine

November 2016


“Trifonov’s approach is to search out through rounded and constantly beautiful piano tone the music’s pre-Debussyian side – a legitimate take on Liszt’s radical streak, keeping any risk of meretricious display at arm’s length and bringing rich rewards in the atmospheric mood-pieces”

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