Performance Tuesday, December 9, 2014 | 8 PM

Daniil Trifonov

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
A sensation before he was 20, Daniil Trifonov has proven that he is more than just a young phenomenon. This program includes works by Bach, Beethoven, and Liszt, about which the Financial Times (London) said, “It was in the Liszt … that he came into his own—a titanic performance, projected with a confidence and relish that masked the music’s ferocious technical challenges beneath a mastery of its tempestuous surges and swings of mood; and without a whiff of exaggeration."


  • Daniil Trifonov, Piano


  • BACH Fantasy and Fugue for Organ in G Minor, BWV 542 (trans. for piano by Franz Liszt, S. 463)
  • BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111
  • LISZT Transcendental Etudes, S. 139

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two and one-half hours, including one 20-minute intermission.


Liszt's Piano Sonata in B Minor, S. 178: Andante sostenuto
Daniil Trifonov, Piano
Deutsche Grammophon

At a Glance

Tonight’s program features masterpieces by three giants of the keyboard. Each was known in his day as a virtuoso performer, as well as a revered and influential composer. Their works not only transformed the forms in which they composed, but also impacted the works of their immediate and distant successors. Liszt’s transcription of Bach’s Fantasy and Fugue for Organ in G Minor, BWV 542, is a testament to the genius of both composers, contrasting free-form expression with highly structured musical thought. Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111—his last sonata and one of his last works for piano—pushes the capabilities of the piano as an instrument, the compositional boundaries of the time, and the interpretive abilities of the performer. Finally, each of Liszt’s fiendishly and legendarily difficult Transcendental Etudes is a miniature tone poem, depicting a specific narrative theme and showcasing the composer’s dramatic and poetic side along with his virtuosic technique.
Sponsored by Ernst & Young LLP
This performance is part of Keyboard Virtuosos I, and Midweek Piano Trio.

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