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Daniil Trifonov, Piano

Saturday, February 9, 2019 8 PM Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Daniil Trifonov by Dario Acosta / DG
Following the success of last season’s Perspectives series, Daniil Trifonov—“one of the most spectacularly virtuosic pianists of the day” (The New York Times)—returns to Carnegie Hall. Works by three of the greatest composer-pianists—Beethoven, Schumann, and Prokofiev—are featured. Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 18 is a genial work capped by an exuberant fast-paced finale. Prokofiev reserves his jubilation for the climax of his war-cloud–streaked sonata; when victory is celebrated in the finale, it's a quintessentially Russian celebration with rapid-fire passages that suggest pealing bells.
Daniil Trifonov is also performing May 18.


Daniil Trifonov, Piano


BEETHOVEN Andante in F Major, WoO 57 ("Andante favori")

BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 18 in E-flat Major, Op. 31, No. 3

SCHUMANN Bunte Blätter

SCHUMANN Presto passionato

PROKOFIEV Piano Sonata No. 8 in B-flat Major


PROKOFIEV Allegro rubato and Allegro precipitato from Sarcasms, Op. 17, Nos. 2 and 3

CHOPIN Largo from Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 65 (arr. Alfred Cortot)

Event Duration

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

Watch on medici.tv

Video directed by Habib Azar.

At a Glance

BEETHOVEN  Andante in F Major, WoO 57, “Andante favori”

The “Waldstein” Sonata of 1803–1804 exemplifies the boldly heroic style of Beethoven’s middle period. Heeding a friend’s advice, he published the original slow movement separately as the “Andante favori” and replaced it with a brief Adagio molto that tied the fast movements together in a decidedly unconventional fashion.


BEETHOVEN  Piano Sonata No. 18 in E-flat Major, Op. 31, No. 3

Beethoven’s three Op. 31 sonatas mark a watershed between the polished Classicism of his early works and the more raw, elemental Romanticism of his middle period. Like its immediate predecessor, “The Tempest” Sonata, the Sonata in E-flat Major is decidedly adventurous in its handling of harmony, rhythm, and thematic development. 


SCHUMANN  Bunte Blätter, Op. 99; Presto passionato in G Minor for Piano

Schumann epitomized the Romantic spirit in his affinity for small-scale musical forms and the value he placed on emotional freedom. Both characteristics are evident in the 14 short pieces that comprise Bunte Blätter (Colored Leaves), and in the virtuosic Presto passionato which, like Beethoven’s “Andante favori,” is a movement excised from a longer work.


PROKOFIEV  Piano Sonata No. 8 in B-flat Major, Op. 84

The Sonata in B-flat Major is the last of the three “war sonatas” that Prokofiev wrote in Russia during World War II. The dreamily romantic character of the first two movements may reflect the composer’s love for Mira Mendelson, an ambitious young writer who would become his second wife in 1948.

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