Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Debut at Carnegie Hall.
A recital debut at Carnegie Hall? A huge achievement in a musician's life. A 21-year old musician, no less? His name is Daniil Trifonov - a young Russian who brought down the house last night. Xavier's dad was raving about this young pianist a bit ago and the imprint he was making in France. Xavier was intrigued (mostly because Trifonov performs Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 almost like Van Cliburn - and if that means anything, it means a lot to you). He did a little research and found that the young man would soon be making his debut at Carnegie Hall. So he got us tickets. Nice work, Joly.
There he was up there on that big stage. He looked 15. His long hair, his gangly form. His emotion. He is an emotional pianist (watch him a bit on YouTube, worth watching his face as he plays) and it was such a pleasure to hear him play Liszt’s Piano Sonata in B minor and Chopin’s 24 Preludes. Those preludes are so simple – almost guileless – and many so recognizable. I play a few of them and so really connected to the program, but to hear him play the more technical and dramatic of the 24 – No. 3 in G Major, 8 in F-sharp, 15 in D-flat Major and 24 in D. Minor - transported all of us out of that hall. (His encore pieces included BACH’s Gavotte from Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006 (arr. Rachmaninoff) and Chopin's Scherzo for Piano No. 3 in C Sharp Minor, Op. 39, CT. 199 – both were such a treat after an already affecting performance).
There I was, so delighted (and happily surrounded by 80-year olds). Thanks, Xavier.