Chopin Evocations

Chopin Evocations: Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Variations on ‘La ci darem la mano’; Rondo for 2 Pianos in C; Fantaisie-Impromptu; music by Schumann, Grieg, Barber, Tchaikovsky and Mompou—Daniil Trifonov, piano; Sergei Babayan, piano; Mahler Chamber Orchestra/Mikhail Pletnev (DeutGram 4797518)

The New York Times calls him “the young conqueror of the keyboard”. He is Daniil Trifonov and his new 2-disc Deutsche Grammophon DC, Chopin Evocations, features world premiere recordings of Mikhail Pletnev’s orchestrations of the Chopin piano concertos. The fascinating recital also contains a range of solo works, from early (Variations on "La ci darem la mano" Op. 2) to late (Fantaisie-Impromptu Op. 66).  Complementing the Chopin repertoire on Evocations are pieces paying homage to Chopin, by Mompou, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Grieg and Barber. Trifonov is joined in Chopin's  Rondo in C for 2 Pianos by his CIM teacher, Sergei Babayan. Critic and gadfly Norman Lebrecht says: “Nothing on this album is predictable, nothing stale. This is what piano recitals must have sounded like before artists were obliged to listen to agents and producers.” 

 

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