Gala from Berlin 2016

Before the champagne corks pop to celebrate the turn of the year 2016/2017, EuroArts Music captures Daniil Trifonov’s first-class virtuosic piano playing when he steps up to the podium at the New Year’s Eve concert of the Berliner Philharmoniker.

Since winning the Moscow Tchaikovsky Competition in 2011, the 25-year old musician Trifonov, has been rated not only one of the technically most formidable but also one of the musically most interesting pianists of the younger generation. At his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic, Trifonov will play a composition by Rachmaninov: the Third Piano Concerto, which many interpreters of the work consider the most difficult piano concerto of all times.

The second part of the New Year’s Eve program ends with some of the most dashing Slavonic Dances by Antonín Dvořák. Prior to that you can hear excerpts from William Walton’s Façade, which premiered in 1923 – a literary and musical hybrid whose impertinently defiant subtle wit, despite all nonsense, can hardly be better described than with the words “very British”. It goes without saying that the work could not be performed by anyone more ingeniously than by Simon Rattle.




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