Piano Concerto No 1 (2012)

Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Schubert, Schumann-Liszt

Mariinsky Orchestra, Daniil Trifonov

Valery Gergiev

Obviousness. If you were to ask people in Russia, “Who is the nation’s greatest poet?” ten out of ten would answer “Pushkin” with absolute sincerity, and they would be right. And if you were to ask them what the most famous piece of Russian classical symphonic music was, eight out of ten would name Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No 1 (if they ventured an answer at all), and this too would be completely correct.
What are the reasons for this? It would be difficult to give an exhaustive list, but some obvious ones immediately spring to mind. Tchaikovsky was a genius in terms of lyrical music, and many of his compositions are compelling in their beauty and soulfulness. He was a Russian genius; the breadth of melodic flow in his scores is remarkable. It is also worth noting that prior to Tchaikovsky nothing comparable to the First Piano Concerto had existed in the Russian musical tradition, nor was there anything like it in the rest of the world’s concert music (post-Beethoven): it was unlike Schumann’s refined chamber-like Concerto, and even less akin to the concerti of Liszt, with their theatrical pathos. No one would dispute the fact that Tchaikovsky’s piano music owes much to both Schumann and Liszt, as well as to Anton Rubinstein, yet throughout the Concerto the piano offers a heartfelt and warm pronouncement by an emphatically Russian composer.

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Daniil Trifonov

Born in Nizhniy Novgorod (Russia) in 1991, Daniil Trifonov is emerging as one of the brightest new names of the next generation of pianists, having won prizes at the Chopin Competition in Warsaw (Bronze Medal), the Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv (First Prize) and the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (Gold Medal). Valery Gergiev personally awarded Trifonov the ‘Grand Prix’ in Moscow, an additional award given to the best overall competitor in any of that Competition’s categories.

Trifonov recently gave his debut with the London Symphony Orchestra and during the 2011/12 season he will give his first performances with the Israel Philharmonic and the Warsaw Philharmonic, as well as collaborating with Mikhail Pletnev, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Sir Neville Marriner, Pietari Inkinen and Eivind Gullberg-Jensen. He will also appear at Salle Pleyel (Paris), Carnegie Hall (New York), Suntory Hall (Tokyo), Wigmore Hall (London) and venues across Italy, France, Israel and Poland. Recent concerts have included his Japanese debut in Tokyo, recitals at the Mariinsky Concert Hall, Moscow Easter Festival, Teatro La Fenice (Italy) and the Brighton Festival (UK), and a Chopin birthday concert in Warsaw.

Valery Gergiev

Valery Gergiev is Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Stars of the White Nights Festival (St Petersburg), the Moscow Easter Festival, the Gergiev Rotterdam Festival, the Mikkeli International Festival, and the Red Sea Festival in Eilat, Israel. His inspired leadership as Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre since 1988 has brought universal acclaim to this legendary institution. Born in Moscow, he studied conducting with Ilya Musin at the Leningrad Conservatory, won the Herbert von Karajan Conductors’ Competition aged 24, and made his Mariinsky Opera debut one year later conducting Prokofiev’s War and Peace. In 2003 he led St Petersburg’s 300th anniversary celebrations, and opened the Carnegie Hall season with the Mariinsky Orchestra,the first Russian conductor to do so since Tchaikovsky conducted the Hall’s inaugural concert in 1891. Valery Gergiev’s many awards include a Grammy, the Dmitri Shostakovich Award, the Golden Mask Award, People’s Artist of Russia Award, and France’s Royal Order of the Legion of Honour. His vast discography includes Russian operas, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and Tchaikovsky Symphonies, and numerous discs on the LSO Live and Mariinsky labels, including a Mahler Symphony cycle, Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle, Wagner’s Parsifal, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, and a disc of Debussy’s music.

Mariinsky Orchestra

The Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra or the Kirov Orchestra is located in the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. The orchestra was founded in 1783 during the reign of Catherine the Great, it was known before the revolution as the Russian Imperial Opera Orchestra. The orchestra is one of the oldest musical institutions in Russia.

In 1935 Joseph Stalin changed its name (and that of the Ballet) to the Kirov, after Sergei Kirov, the first secretary of the Communist Party in Leningrad, whose 1934 murder by his regime Stalin was attempting to whitewash. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the name was changed back to the Mariinsky in 1992.

The current artistic and general director of the Mariinsky Theatre is the conductor Valery Gergiev and the principal guest conductor is Nikolaj Znaider. Under Gergiev, the Mariinsky Orchestra has become one of the leading symphony orchestras in Russia.

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Piano Concerto No 1 (2012)

Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Schubert, Schumann-Liszt

Mariinsky Orchestra, Daniil Trifonov

    The Observer

Trifonov's combination of delicacy and fire leaves an indelible impression in this debut recording with the Mariinsky. The Tchaikovsky, scorching and heart-rending but never bombastic, is paired with solo Liszt transcriptions (of Schumann and Schubert) and Chopin's Barcarolle.

    International Record Review

Trifonov may be at the start of his career but he is already a mature artist. His youth brings an overwhelming energy which seems to blow the cobwebs off everything he performs: he forces one to listen to these works anew, the sure sign of greatness. IRR Outstanding

    BBC Radio 3 CD Review

Truly exciting Tchaikovsky… One of the most exhilarating recordings of the Tchaikovsky concerto I've heard in years… It could easily have been a CD Review disc of the week when it was released last year so I'm glad you've heard it this morning.

    Open Letters Monthly

Massive power gives way to the most delicate pianissimi and a constant sense of discovery. This performance is close to epic.

    The Irish Times

Daniil Trifonov, still only 21, is one of the hottest pianists of the moment.

    Boston Globe

… his recording breaks new ground. It confirms, if confirmation was necessary, that St. Petersburg's Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre is a major-league ensemble, and it represents another jewel in the crown of the new Mariinsky label. Best of all, with the considerable assistance of Mariinsky director Valery Gergiev on the podium, Trifonov scrapes away the bombast and the posturing from a score that's regularly performed - and listened to - on autopilot.

    The Times

His [Trifonov's] performance of the Tchaikovsky warhorse is nuanced but not mannered, virtuosic without being showy, and powerful yet not hammered, as many young Russian pianists do. Liszt's grandiose transcriptions of Schubert and Schumann songs, including a swirling Erlkönig, reveal his ability to conjure mood and drama with colour or phrasing … He has the world at his feet.

Piano Concerto No 1 (2012)

Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Schubert, Schumann-Liszt

Mariinsky Orchestra, Daniil Trifonov

Mastering Engineer: Jonathan Stokes - (Classic Sound)
Producer: Vladimir Ryabenko
Recording location: Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Peterburg
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Tchaikovsky- Piano Concerto No 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
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