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29.10.2021 20:00 (CEST)

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Daniil Trifonov – Bach: The Art of Life

Captivating the audience from the very first moment, Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov brings deep insight into the music-making of Johann Sebastian Bach at the Philharmonie in Berlin. Traversing the entirety of the keyboard with just his left hand, he performs a stunning rendition of Bach’s Chaconne in D Minor, arranged by Brahms for keyboard, before moving seamlessly into the monumental Art of Fugue. Rarely heard in performance, partly because of its technical demands and partly, because of the variety required by the performer, Trifonov navigates the 14 fugues and four canons with technical prowess, intimate understanding, careful detail, and exquisite touch. With its mathematical basis, the work is one of great beauty, spanning the vast range of human emotion, evoked by Trifonov with each stroke.

Having so absorbed the music and connected to the composer in the process of preparing and recording his latest album Bach: The Art of Life, Trifonov also offers a self-composed conclusion of the final contrapunctus worthy of Bach’s genius, a performance of Dame Myra Hess’s moving transcription of “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” and three encores by three of Bach’s sons, performed between bursts of thunderous applause.



Johann Sebastian Bach
5 Studien, Anh. 1a/1
V. Chaconne (After Violin Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004 by J.S. Bach, Arr. for Piano)

The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 (Compl. Daniil Trifonov)

Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147, Part II
10. “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” (Arr. Myra Hess)

Johann Christian Bach
Keyboard Sonata in A Major, W.A 11, Op. 17 No. 5
I. Allegro

Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
12 Polonaises, F. 12
No. 8 in E Minor

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
2 Clavier-Sonaten, 2 Fantasien und 2 Rondos für Kenner und Liebhaber, Wq. 59
IV. Rondo in C Minor, H. 283

Daniil Trifonov, piano

From Philharmonie Berlin
© 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH


“This album is, in many ways, about love:
the romantic love between Johann Sebastian and his first and second wives;
familial love between parents and their children;
and love for the Creator.”

Daniil Trifonov


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