Transcendental: Daniil Trifonov plays Franz Liszt | Deutsche Grammophon 94795529

Transcendental: Daniil Trifonov plays Franz Liszt

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Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Cat No: 94795529

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 7th October 2016

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About

Transcendental is the new solo release by piano sensation Daniil Trifonov. His press reviews are consistently out of this world and The Times quote says it all: ‘He is 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.

Reviews

I have never encountered all four released on a single release played by the same pianist. It’s a big call. The result is a triumph. ... Every decent record collection should have at least one version of all four sets of these studies. It is quite a feat for a single pianist to deliver what are, in effect, top-of-the-pile performances of almost all of the 23 separate titles – but that is what Trifonov offers. Even if you have Berman, Cziffra and Berezovsky in the Transcendentals, and Hamelin and Graffman in the Paganini Studies, you will want to hear Trifonov, who also has the benefit of superior recorded sound ...  Jeremy Nicholas (Recording of the Month)
Gramophone October 2016
Daniil Trifonov has climbed to the top of the pianistic tree so effortlessly that it’s sometimes hard to remember he is still only 25 and has the time and potential to develop even more. As this collection of Liszt’s studies shows, Trifonov is already an exceptionally thoughtful interpreter, with musicianship that more than matches his technical gifts.  Andrew Clements
BBC Music Magazine 23 September 2016
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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