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This is a simply remarkable disc. Tchaikovsky Competition winner Daniil Trifonov’s playing is a heady mix of super-virtuoso and the ability to generate the utmost tenderness. Allied to this is a fine interpretative ability. He demonstrates an enviable variety of touch and shading. The Concerto has plenty of mystery and sense of space as well as truly jaw-dropping moments. Trifonov understands that the piano can be truly kaleidoscopic. If the journey to the climactic double-octaves of the finale does not match the greats, this remains a major rethinking of an old warhorse. The couplings are as intelligent as they are magnificent. The Tchaikovsky Un poco di Chopin leads perfectly into Chopin’s Barcarolle. The Lieder transcriptions are wonderfully varied.

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