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Daniil Trifonov, Piano

Saturday, February 9, 2019 8 PM Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
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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, 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

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Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No. 8 in B-flat Major 

Prokofiev did not assign specific programs to the piano sonatas he composed during the Second World War, but wartime themes are ever present. The Eighth Sonata opens lyrically, but its calm mood is disrupted by an agitated theme. The central movement, a set of variations on a slow minuet, is dotted with dissonant notes that also suggest war clouds, but the clouds are scattered in the finale, a showpiece that heralds imminent victory with rapid-fire passages suggesting pealing bells.

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