Rachmaninov Variations (CD) - Daniil Trifonov, Yannick Nézet-Séguin
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Rachmaninov Variations (CD)
Daniil Trifonov, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Philadelphia Orchestra
Daniil Trifonov returns, with a unique homage to his legendary idol, Sergei Rachmaninov, and his first studio album for DG - a dazzling collection of hits, rarities and a world premiere.
In the great tradition of Russian pianist-composers, Trifonov may be rightly considered an heir to Rachmaninov - a passionate virtuoso at the keyboard and a Romantic spirit in his own compositions.
With this album, the young artist pays tribute to his illustrious musical forefather with a fascinating program comprising three sets of Rachmaninov Variations: the hyper-virtuostic Variations on a theme of Corelli and the rare Variations on a Theme of Chopin for solo piano, along with the famous and much-loved Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini for piano and orchestra.
Rounding out the program, Trifonov showing himself as a brilliantly inventive and appealing composer, he offers - Rachmaniana a touching, original work in homage to the master.
The famous 18th Variation from the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini is one of the most beautiful and instantly recognizable melodies in all of classical music used numerous times in movies and tv commercials the world-over.
The Philadelphia Orchestra has its very own connection to the Rhapsody: it gave the world premiere of the work in 1934, with the composer at the piano. Now it is being conducted by DG s highly acclaimed Yannick Nézet-Séguin who gets constantly rave reviews for his performances with the orchestra.
In Fall 2015, Trifonov will have Rachmaninov residencies with the New York Philharmonic and London Philharmonia.
1 Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Introduction and 24 Variations), for piano & orchestra in A minor, Op. 43
2 Variations on a Theme of Chopin, for piano, Op. 22
3 Rachmaniana, for piano
4 Variations on a Theme of Corelli, for piano, Op. 42
Most Western music is based on a system of notation that evolved around 1600 out of earlier practices. The starting point for any opera is the full score, which contains all individual voices and instruments arranged in a specific order on the page. The written music—representing the sounds a composer creates in his head—then comes to life performed by singers onstage and played by the orchestra.
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