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Grand Piano, Tiny Desk

Jan. 12, 2018 | Tom Huizenga -- When we invited Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov to play a Tiny Desk concert, we rolled out the big guns. In place of the trusty upright, we wedged a 7-foot grand piano behind Bob Boilen's desk in preparation for the artist who The Times of London called "without question the most astounding pianist of our age."

That's a pretty lofty claim, but watch and judge for yourself. His performance here is extraordinary. Still in his 20s, Trifonov seems to have it all: jaw-dropping technique and interpretive skills beyond his age. He's also a composer — the night before his NPR visit, he played his own knuckle-twisting piano concerto at the Kennedy Center here in Washington, D.C.

But for his Tiny Desk show, Trifonov focused on Chopin, beginning with the mercurial "Fantaisie-Impromptu" in C-sharp minor, a work that mixes sweeping melody, turbulent passion and wistful repose. Hunching close over the keyboard with feline agility, Trifonov's slender fingers glide effortlessly. He coaxes the instrument to sing tenderly in the slow central section.

Trifonov follows with a pair of short tributes to Chopin by his peers. Robert Schumann's "Chopin" accentuates the lyrical side of Chopin, filtered through the German composer's forward-looking harmonies, while Edvard Grieg's "Hommage à Chopin" offers volatility, lovingly rendered.

The smartly programmed set is capped with more Chopin, but with a nod to Mozart: the finale from a set of variations based on an aria from Don Giovanni. It gives Trifonov a chance to display his lightness of touch, plus a few pianistic fireworks. Smiling, he treats the tricky filigreed runs and hand crossings as if it were a child's game. Look closely and you can see the piano shake.

(Daniil Trifonov appears courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon GmbH.)

 

Set List*

Chopin: "Fantaisie-Impromptu, Op. 66"

Schumann: "Chopin. Agitato" (from Carnaval)

Grieg: "Hommage à Chopin, Op. 73, No. 5"

Chopin: "Variations on 'Là ci darem la mano' (from Mozart's Don Giovanni) - Coda. Alla Polacca"

*(Selections found on the album Chopin Evocations.)

 

MUSICIAN
Daniil Trifonov (piano)

CREDITS
Producers: Tom Huizenga, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Alyse Young; Assistant Editor: Alyse Young; Photo: Jenna Sterner/NPR

Pavel Kolesnikov

BBC New Generation Artist Pavel Kolesnikov performs Beethoven's Piano Sonata in G, Op 14 No 2

 

BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, Pavel Kolesnikov, talks about how he became a professional pianist and what would be his rather interesting alternative career.

 

Sphères

Court métrage d'animation de Norman McLaren et de René Jodoin. Dans une sorte de jeu de mouvement, ils font virevolter des sphères blanches dans un ciel coloré en mouvance. Ces sphères s'alignent, se groupent et se multiplient, entrant parfois en collision l'une contre l'autre. Au piano, Glenn Gould exécute des extraits du « Clavecin bien tempéré » de Bach et donne au film son rythme et l'allure qui le caractérise.

Opus 42

On Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, pianist Tristan Teo — a rising star from The Juilliard School — performed pieces by Rachmaninoff and Liszt in The Greene Space at WQXR. Watch him play Rachmaninoff's Variations on a Theme by Corelli, Op. 42.

More at: www.wqxr.org/middaymasterpieces

 

WQXR's Midday Masterpieces

Host: Elliott Forrest
Producers: Eileen Delahunty, Aaron Dalton & Christine Herskovits
Audio Engineer: Chase Culpon
Video Producer: Marika Hacking & Kim Nowacki

Nocturne

Composer and pianist Dobrinka Tabakova performs her own compostion Nocturne.
Dobrinka Tabakova is a Bulgarian born composer living in London. She composed this piece at the age of 15 in 1998

 

Broadcast november 26th 2017 NPO1 / more music: https://www.vpro.nl/vrijegeluiden

This video was recorded in TivoliVredenburg for VPRO Vrije Geluiden: music program made by the Dutch public broadcast organization VPRO

Caténaires

Watch pianist Conrad Tao play Elliott Carter's Caténaires.

WQXR's Midday Masterpieces:
Host: Elliott Forrest
Producers: Eileen Delahunty, Aaron Dalton & Christine Herskovits
Video Producer: Kim Nowacki
Social Producer: Eliza Grace Martin
Audio Engineer: Irene Trudel