Title - 'Destination Rachmaninov: Departure'
Artist - Daniil Trifonov
For those not in the know, Grammy Award winning Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov – winner of Gramophone’s 2016 Artist of the Year award – has made a spectacular ascent of the classical music world as a solo artist, champion of the concerto repertoire, chamber and vocal collaborator, and composer.
Combining consummate technique with rare sensitivity and depth, his performances are a perpetual source of awe. “He has everything and more … tenderness and also the demonic element. I never heard anything like that,” marveled pianist Martha Argerich.
Trifonov recently added a first Grammy Award to his already considerable string of honors, winning Best Instrumental Solo Album of 2018 with Transcendental, a double album of Liszt’s works that marks his third title as an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist.
As The Times of London notes, he is “without question the most astounding pianist of our age.”
On Destination Rachmaninov: Departure (released via Deutsche Grammophon), gifted pianist Trifonov teams with The Philadelphia Orchestra as conducted by the also gifted Yannick Nézet-Séguin for a unique and highly successful approach to Rachmaninov.
1-3 Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.2 in C minor (op. 18)
4-6 Suite from J.S. Bach's Partita for Violin in E minor (BWV 1008)
7-9 Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 4 in G minor (op. 40)
The two-part journey with Rachmaninov begins with this Destination Rachmaninov: Departure and includes the great Piano Concerto No. 2; which is probably Rachmaninov's best-loved work, paired with the equally beautiful and rarely performed 4th Concerto.
These voluminous works are contrasted with a taste of Rachmaninov the master miniaturist, with solo piano transcriptions of Bach's Partita in E Major.
Inclusive of a rather special place honoring Johann Sebastian Bach with Daniil’s transcription of Bach’s partita for violin solo placing the piano in the ‘key position,’ this album is simply tremendous from start to finish.
The technical aspect is flawless and it all conveys such an energy and finesse of touch from this wise-beyond-his-age artist. In particular, the phrasing of the Partia is quite striking showcasing alone that Trifonov is a true master within this art form.
Indeed, the balance between piano and orchestra, especially during the first chair interval accompaniments is phenomenal. His surety of technique is obvious throughout and especially so in the Bach arrangements for piano solo.
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