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Nocturne on a golden piano

Pianist Stephen Hough performs Chopin's "Nocturne in E flat major" on Queen Victoria's piano as an encore at the BBC Proms 2019. Queen Victoria’s ‘Erard’ piano, loaned from the Royal Collection by Her Majesty the Queen, is heard for the first time outside Buckingham Palace at the BBC Proms. Stephen Hough and Alessandro Fisher join the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and conductor, Adám Fischer at the Royal Albert Hall. The Prom is a celebration of the 200th anniversary of the births of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

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

Chopin Evocations

Daniil Trifonov stands for virtuosity, musical poetry and evocative power. He is the world’s top young pianist today - and the music of Chopin is close to his heart.

His new album "Chopin Evocations" is one of the most exciting recordings of 2017: two-and-a-half hours of music uniting Chopin's two beautiful piano concertos with Chopin solo works and pieces by Mompou, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Grieg and Barber paying homage to the genius Chopin who, in Trifonov's words, "revolutionized the expressive horizons of the piano."

Grosvenor does Mendelssohn

Benjamin Grosvenor performs Mendelssohn's F minor Prelude.


Benjamin Grosvenor's new album, 'Homages', features Chopin's Barcarolle in F sharp major, Liszt's Venezia e Napoli, Franck's Prélude, Choral et Fugue, Bach's Partita in D Minor for Solo Violin (arranged byBusoni), and Preludes and Fugues by Mendelssohn, and will get its international release on September 9.

Hoje há Grosvenor na Gulbenkian

Diz o site da Fundação:

Aclamado de forma entusiástica, o jovem pianista inglês Benjamin Grosvenor tornou-se, aos onze anos, o mais novo «Jovem Músico do Ano» eleito pela BBC. Passada uma década, em 2014, Grosvenor atuava nos BBC Proms, protagonizando a estreia mundial de Day Break Shadows Flee, de Judith Weir. A facilidade com que circula entre diferentes reportórios encontra-se patente no álbum Dances – em que junta peças de Bach, Chopin, Scriabin e Granados – que valeu da revista Gramophone a declaração: «poderá muito bem ser um dos pianistas mais notáveis do nosso tempo».

O programa previsto inclui Mendelssohn, Chopin, Ravel e Liszt. Encores logo se vê. Quanto ao vídeo abaixo...

Benjamin Grosvenor playing Chopin's Ballade no. 1, Mompou's Paisajes, 2 Medtner Fairy Tales, Ravel's Valses nobles et sentimentales, the Gounod-Liszt Faust Waltz, and two encores, live in 2014. Timing below. I think he's one of the most exciting young pianists playing today.