Daniil Trifonov - Silver Age
Daniil Trifonov (piano), Mariinsky Orchestra, Valery Gergiev
The Russian pianist is by turns balletic, poetic and dramatic in solo works by Stravinsky and Prokofiev, whilst the Mariinsky Orchestra match his precision and imagination in concertos by the the latter composer and Scriabin.
Daniil Trifonov pays homage to music created during a pivotal period in Russian history
Daniil Trifonov’s new album, Silver Age , recorded with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra, recalls a time when Russia’s composers, poets, artists, dramatists and star performers were among the most original anywhere in the world. It illustrates the artistic audacity and brilliance of a turbulent era in the country’s history with works by three of its most pioneering composers: Scriabin’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in F sharp minor Op.20, Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor Op.16 and Stravinsky’s Three Movements from Petrushka . The tracklist also comprises Stravinsky’s Serenade and excerpts from the composer’s piano suite version of The Firebird , together with Prokofiev’s Sarcasmes Op.17, Piano Sonata No.8 in B flat major Op.84 and the “Gavotte” from Cinderella Op.95 No.2
Daniil Trifonov’s choice of music mirrors the inventive variety of this brief but explosive cultural moment. “ Scriabin ,” he notes, “wished to combine all aesthetic experience in a single, mystical, musical vision; Stravinsky unified the arts through a radical re interpretation of ballet; Prokofiev , meanwhile, embraced cinema as the most complete and modern synthesis of the senses.”
Having paved the way for future artistic achievements, the spirit of Russia’s Silver Age is justly celebrated in these new recordings.
Prokofiev: Cinderella - Three Pieces for Piano, Op. 95
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16
Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No. 8 in B flat major, Op. 84
Prokofiev: Sarcasms (5), Op. 17
Scriabin: Piano Concerto in F sharp minor, Op. 20
Stravinsky: Serenade in A for piano
Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite
Stravinsky: Three Movements from Petrushka
- Deutsche Grammophon 2CD Set