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  • Trifonov on Chopin

    […] 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
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  • Schubert: ‘Winterreise’, Ian Bostridge – Live concert

    Franz Schubert: Winterreise, D 911 (1827) – Gute Nacht – Die Wetterfahne – Gefror’ne Tränen – Erstarrung – Der Lindenbaum – Wasserflut – Auf dem Flusse – Ruckblick – Irrlicht – Rast – Frühlingstraum – Einsamkeit – Die Post – Der greise Kopf – Die Krähe – Letzte Hoffnung – Im Dorfe – Der stürmische Morgen Täuschung – Der Wegweiser – Das Wirtshaus – Mut – Die Nebensonnen – Der Leiermann