Daniil Trifonov, Piano
Daniil Trifonov, Piano
Gidon Kremer, Violin
Giedrė Dirvanauskaitė, Cello
Variations on "Là ci darem la mano" from Mozart's Don Giovanni (arr. Andrei Pushkarev)
Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 8
Mazurka in A Minor, Op. 17, No. 4 (arr. Victor Kissine)
Piano Concerto No. 1 (arr. Yevgeny Sharlat)
Event DurationThe printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.
At a Glance
The four works on this evening’s program span a crucial formative period in Chopin’s early career. The high promise as both composer and pianist that he demonstrated in the late 1820s, while still a student in his native Warsaw, ripened swiftly in the cosmopolitan musical environment of his adopted Paris. On his path to mastery, Chopin tried his hand at a variety of genres, both “public” and “private.” The former is represented by the effervescent Variations on Mozart’s aria “Là ci darem la mano” and the Piano Concerto in E Minor, both tailor-made to showcase Chopin’s virtuosity on the keyboard. These large-scale symphonic works serve as foils to the more intimate “salon” idiom of Chopin’s mazurkas and the Piano Trio in G Minor, the latter written—like the Mozart Variations—before his graduation from conservatory.
In common with most composers of his day, Chopin adopted a flexible approach to instrumentation, depending on the forces available to him. In preparation for the premiere of the E-Minor Concerto, for instance, he rehearsed the work with a (more economical) string quartet, and his publishers—keen to capitalize on the market for chamber music at both the professional and amateur levels—subsequently issued the score in multiple versions for solo piano, piano duet, piano quartet, and piano quintet. The Kremerata Baltica’s ad hoc arrangements by vibraphonist Andrei Pushkarev and contemporary Russian composers Yevgeny Sharlat and Victor Kissine thus stand on solid historical ground.
Grammy Award–winning Russian pianist and winner of Gramophone’s 2016 Artist of the Year award, 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.” His album Transcendental won the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo.
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. Additional concerts in the series include a recital with Matthias Goerne; a collaboration with Mr. Trifonov’s teacher Sergei Babayan; 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.
Gidon Kremer created ideal conditions for a musical revolution 20 years ago. The internationally acclaimed violinist unveiled his new initiative at Austria’s Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival in the summer of 1997. The birth of Kremerata Baltica—comprising 23 outstanding young musicians from Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia—was greeted with a standing ovation. The orchestra has since captivated audiences worldwide with playing of unrestrained joy and programming of limitless imagination.
Kremerata Baltica arose from Mr. Kremer’s determination to share his rich experience with young colleagues from the Baltic States. The ensemble’s preparation process, which allows no room for artistic compromise, is ruled by a commitment to excellence and creative daring. In addition to exploring works from the mainstream repertoire, Kremerata Baltica also has given world premieres of compositions by Lera Auerbach, Leonid Desyatnikov, Giya Kancheli, Arvo Pärt, Georgs Pēlecis, Alexander Raskatov, Valentin Silvestrov, Victor Kissine, Sofia Gubaidulina, and Pēteris Vasks, among others.
Kremerata Baltica’s breadth of repertoire is reflected in an award-winning discography. After Mozart (Nonesuch Records) won Grammy and ECHO Klassik awards in 2002, while albums of works by Enescu and Weinberg have since earned Grammy nominations.
Kremerata Baltica has performed in over 50 countries, presenting more than 1,000 concerts in 600 cities. The ensemble has broadened its work in recent years to include To Russia with Love, a concert staged at Berlin’s Philharmonie in 2013 to promote the cause of human rights in Russia; its latest creative project, Pictures from the East, is a collaborative venture with Syrian artist Nizar Ali Badr to highlight the desperate plight of refugees fleeing conflicts in the Middle East.
Since 2003, Kremerata Baltica has held its own festival in the Latvian hillside town of Sigulda. Kremerata Baltica celebrated its 20th anniversary and Mr. Kremer’s 70th birthday year in 2016–2017 with a nine-concert tour to the US and an extensive anniversary tour to Europe under Mr. Kremer’s leadership.
Kremerata Baltica and Gidon Kremer are proud cultural ambassadors from Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, celebrating the centenaries of the three Baltic States.
For more information, visit kremeratabaltica.com.
Driven by his strikingly uncompromising artistic philosophy, Gidon Kremer has established a worldwide reputation as one of his generation’s most original and compelling artists. His repertoire encompasses standard classical scores and music by leading 20th- and 21st-century composers. He has championed the works of Russian and Eastern European composers, and performed many important new compositions, several of which have been dedicated to him. His name is closely associated with such composers as Alfred Schnittke, Arvo Pärt, Giya Kancheli, Sofia Gubaidulina, Valentin Silvestrov, Luigi Nono, Edison Denisov, Aribert Reimann, Pēteris Vasks, John Adams, Victor Kissine, Michael Nyman, Philip Glass, Leonid Desyatnikov, and Astor Piazzolla, whose works he performs in ways that respect tradition while being fully alive, fresh, and original.
Mr. Kremer has recorded more than 120 albums, many of which have received prestigious international awards in recognition of their exceptional interpretative insights. His long list of honors and awards include the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize, Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, Moscow’s Triumph Prize, Unesco Prize, and A Life for Music–Artur Rubinstein Prize. In 2016, he received the Praemium Imperiale.
As a soloist, Ms. Dirvanauskaitė has performed with many chamber and symphony orchestras of Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. She also has appeared in many festivals, including the Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival, Gstaad Menuhin Festival, International Shostakovich Days (Gohrisch), and White Nights Festival. Her musical collaborators include Valery Afanassiev, Martha Argerich, Yuri Bashmet, Mate Bekavac, Heinz Holliger, Michel Portal, and Andrius Žlabys.
Since 2009, Ms. Dirvanauskaitė has regularly performed and toured with violinist Gidon Kremer and pianist Khatia Buniatishvili. The trio released Kissine/Tchaikovsky: Piano Trios, which won the prestigious German Record Critics’ Award. She also performs on Kremerata Baltica’s Hymns and Prayers and Victor Kissine: Between Two Waves, as well as a two-disc homage to composer Weinberg.
In January 2015, Ms. Dirvanauskaitė joined Mr. Kremer and Daniil Trifonov on a tour to the US and Europe, which inspired their recording Preghiera: Rachmaninov Piano Trios. She continues to lead the cello section of Kremerata Baltica, with which she has been a member since 1997.
Ms. Dirvanauskaitė plays a cello made in 1710 by Matteo Goffriller.