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  • Carnegie Hall Presents
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Matthias Goerne, Baritone
Daniil Trifonov, Piano

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 8 PM Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
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Matthias Goerne by Marco Borggeve, Daniil Trifonov by Dario Acosta / DG
Love lost, a poet’s dreams, and disillusionment are some of the themes in this recital that pairs baritone Matthias Goerne and pianist Daniil Trifonov. Schumann’s intense Dichterliebe reflects the anguish of his separation from his beloved Clara, Berg contemplates mortality, while late songs of Wolf treat Michelangelo’s verse. When Goerne and Trifonov performed this program at Wigmore Hall in 2016, The Arts Desk wrote, “As a feat of musicianship it was outrageous—a recital with symphonic weight but the intimacy of a chamber concert.”

Part of: Perspectives: Daniil Trifonov and Great Singers I


Matthias Goerne, Baritone
Daniil Trifonov, Piano


BERG Four Songs, Op. 2
SCHUMANN Dichterliebe
WOLF Three Poems of Michelangelo
SHOSTAKOVICH Selections from Suite, Op. 145
·· Dante
·· Death
·· Night
BRAHMS Vier ernste Gesänge, Op. 121

BACH "Bist du bei mir," BWV 508 (after Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel)

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately 90 minutes without intermission. Please note that there will be no late seating.
Daniil Trifonov introduces his 2017–2018 Perspectives series


Matthias Goerne
A frequent guest at renowned festivals and concert halls, Matthias Goerne is one of the most versatile and internationally sought-after vocalists. He has collaborated with the world’s leading orchestras, conductors, and pianists. Born in Weimar, Mr. Goerne studied with Hans-Joachim Beyer in Leipzig, and later with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.

Mr. Goerne has appeared on the world’s principal opera stages, including London’s Royal Opera House, Madrid’s Teatro Real, Opéra national de Paris, Vienna State Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera. His carefully chosen roles range from Wolfram, Amfortas, Kurwenal, Wotan, Orest, and Jochanaan to the title roles in Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle and Berg’s Wozzeck. Mr. Goerne recently sang the latter role in August 2017 at the Salzburg Festival under the baton of Vladimir Jurowski.

Mr. Goerne’s artistry has been documented on numerous recordings, many of which have received prestigious awards, including four Grammy nominations, an International Classical Music Award, a Gramophone Award, BBC Music Magazine’s Vocal Award, and the Diapason d’Or Arte. He also recently received his third ECHO Klassik award. After making legendary recordings with Vladimir Ashkenazy and Alfred Brendel for Universal Music Group, Mr. Goerne recently finished recording a series of Schubert songs with eminent pianists on 12 CDs for Harmonia Mundi. His latest recordings of Brahms songs with Christoph Eschenbach, Schumann songs with Markus Hinerhäuser, and Mahler songs with the BBC Symphony Orchestra have all received rave reviews.

During the 2017–2018 season, Mr. Goerne is an artist-in-residence at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, as well as in the city of Madrid, where he gives a series of seven concerts and recitals. Mr. Goerne also performs song recitals with Leif Ove Andsnes, Daniil Trifonov, Christoph Eschenbach, and Seong-Jin Cho at London’s Wigmore Hall, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, Berlin’s Boulez Hall, and the Vienna State Opera.
Daniil Trifonov

Winner of Gramophone’s 2016 Artist of the Year award, Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov has made a spectacular ascent in the world of classical music as a solo artist, composer, champion of the concerto repertoire, and collaborator at the keyboard in chamber music and song. The Times (London) calls Mr. Trifonov “without question the most astounding pianist of our age.”

Focusing on Chopin during the 2017–2018 season, Mr. Trifonov releases Chopin Evocations—his fourth album as an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist—marking his first foray into a new repertoire with works of 20th-century composers who were greatly influenced by the Polish master, including Samuel Barber and Frederic Mompou.

Mr. Trifonov gives more than 20 performances on this theme across the US, Europe, and Asia, including three as part of his self-curated, seven-concert Perspectives series at Carnegie Hall: a solo recital and two all-Chopin programs with Kremerata Baltica. Additional concerts in the series include  this evening’s program and a collaboration with Mr. Trifonov’s teacher Sergei Babayan, the latter capping a US tour that includes the world premiere of a new work for two pianos by Mauro Lanza, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall; a performance of Mr. Trifonov’s own Piano Concerto with Valery Gergiev leading the Mariinsky Orchestra, culminating another US tour; and a solo recital in Zankel Hall that includes a seminal piece from each decade of the 20th century. Mr. Trifonov curates a similar series this season at Vienna’s Konzerthaus, as well as in San Francisco, concluding with a season-closing Rachmaninoff performance with the San Francisco Symphony.

Additional highlights of the 2017–2018 season include European tours with Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica, as well as with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala. Mr. Trifonov’s orchestral appearances include Strauss’s Burleske with the Orquesta Nacional de España and Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; Schumann’s Piano Concerto with Lisbon’s Gulbenkian Orchestra and the Berliner Philharmoniker; Scriabin’s Piano Concerto with the Seattle Symphony; a performance of his own Piano Concerto with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra; Prokofiev with the Mariinsky Orchestra and The Cleveland Orchestra; and Rachmaninoff with the Munich Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and The Philadelphia Orchestra. 

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