Tuesday 22 June

Sala Teatro


Alban Berg
Piano Sonata, Op. 1

Sergei Prokofiev
Sarcasms, Op. 17

Béla Bartók
In the open air, Sz. 81

Aaron Copland
Piano Variations

Olivier Messiaen
Le baiser de l'Enfant-Jésus

György Ligeti
Musica Ricercata, numbers 1-4

Karlheinz Stockhausen
Klavierstück IX

John Adams
China Gates

John Corigliano
Fantasia on an Ostinato

Daniil Trifonov

The audience of LuganoMusica already had the opportunity to appreciate Daniil Trifonov's potential and talent in 2016, when he presented himself as a very young Artist in residence in a new concert hall that had just opened. Today, Trifonov is one of the most acclaimed pianists on the international stage for the depth of his interpretations. Research and style, freshness and transparency are the traits of his piano playing; mystery, transcendence and an unassailable reserve are those of Trifonov as a person. In recent years, he has accustomed us to listen to Rachmaninoff and Liszt, Chopin and Scriabin, always preserving a spontaneity that never loses track of the form, the content and the work's intrinsic message.

For what promises to be one of the most eclectic and exciting recitals of the season, Trifonov has chosen an ambitious program entitled "Decades". The idea is to investigate the 20th century by playing one piece for each decade: not only showpieces but also more arduous and seminal works to demonstrate how "the evolution of piano writing was rapid in the past century". What Trifonov is trying to create is a spell, a continuous stream of changing musical experiments that requires a high mental concentration and physical endurance, to the point of requesting the audience not to applaud between the pieces.

Post and neo-Romanticism, serialism and minimalism are just some of the musical styles that flourished in the 20th century and paved the way for the sounds of today. Daniil Trifonov has chosen for this programme the restless harmonies of Berg's Sonata, which blends the last embers of the late Wagnerian style with the explosions of expressionist anguish of the early 20th century. He will continue with the lashing energy of Prokofiev's Sarcasms, the kaleidoscopic colours of Messiaen – with a contemplative selection from the Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus – and the brazen humour of Ligeti's Musica Ricercata. The programme will end with the obsessiveness of Stockhausen's Klavierstück IX, the colourful and pulsating minimalism of China Gates by John Adams and the Beethovenian reminiscences in John Corigliano's Fantasia on an Ostinato.