Trifonov has certainly set himself a challenge, with a programme of unerring complexity. The recital opens with Brahms’ left-handed keyboard transcription of the ultimate violin showpiece, the Chaconne from Bach’s Partita No. 2 (1717-20). Bolder and more direct than Busoni’s later two-hand version, it brings the movement’s more emotional force to the fore. By contrast, Schubert’s Piano Sonata in G major (1826) – a favourite of both Robert Schumann and Sviatoslav Richter – has a magnificent tranquility. Although its publisher rather than Schubert himself bestowed the sub-title ‘Fantasie’, it does create a fantastical musical world of its own. Trifonov will then return to Brahms with the first part of the Variations on a Theme by Paganini (1863), a work whose diabolical complexity has defeated many a pianist. After an interval, Trifinov will conclude the concert with Rachmaninov’s relatively underplayed Piano Sonata No. 1 (1908). Gargantuan in scale, it bears the flurrying hallmarks of the composer’s rich style.
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|What||Daniil Trifonov, Wigmore Hall|
|Where||Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street, London, W1U 2BP | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Bond Street (underground)|
On 09 Jun 16, 7:30 PM – 9:45 PM
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