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Destination Rachmaninoff: Arrival / Trifonov, Nezet-Seguin, Philadelphia Orchestra

Release Date: 10/11/2019 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 003103002  
Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Daniil Trifonov
Conductor:  Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Following Departure, an album hailed by NPR as a "singular combination of swagger and stunning technique," Daniil Trifonov completes his two-part Destination: Rachmaninoff journey with Arrival, a coupling of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3 performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Arrival also features Trifonov's own transcriptions of Rachmaninoff's "Vocalise" and "The Silver Sleigh Bells."



A towering performance to rank with interpretations by Horowitz and Argerich. The Philadelphians’ contribution could hardly be grander or more sumptuous.

– Sunday Times (UK)
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There is so much more to these performances than Trifonov’s phenomenal technique, which of course enables him to execute even the most difficult passages with unerring accuracy and tonal beauty. The greater success of this recording, as well as the other two recordings in the series, is how completely Trifonov inhabits the complex and profound “gestalt’ of this music and its composer.

– The Classic Review Read less

Works on This Recording

The Bells, Op. 35: Silver Sleigh-Bells by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Daniil Trifonov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1913; Russia 
Concerto for Piano no 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Daniil Trifonov (Piano)
Conductor:  Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891/1917; Russia 
Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Daniil Trifonov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912-1915; Russia 
Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 30 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Daniil Trifonov (Piano)
Conductor:  Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; Russia 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  4 Customer Reviews )
 Not very good February 1, 2020 By J. Fallon (Oak Park, IL) See All My Reviews "Waiting three weeks now for this to ship, I finally listened to the CD on Qobuz. Doubtless I have too many recordings of this already. The orchestra seems to play too fast for the music, not giving the melodies a chance to develop. The sound (the pianist?) is rather bass heavy. Trifonov seems prone to pounding the keyboard and playing too fast." Report Abuse
 Where’zt November 18, 2019 By Art K. See All My Reviews "I’ve looked forward to listening to and perhaps even writing a review about this album. The problem is that although I ordered two copies (one for a friend’s long past birthday), I haven’t received even one. And then, of course, there is the matter of your website and the complete absence of any customer service information such as a (gasp) phone number or even an email address. So I guess you could say that this is not so much a review of the Trifonov performance as it is a review of your company’s fulfillment policies. You were very quick to dock my credit card for the full $31.97 more than a month ago. You were less skilled when it came to shipping the product I ordered. Just to be clear, I have every intention of disputing the payment I made to your company for this product, and I will never do business with you in the future." Report Abuse
 Disappointing Rachmaninov Arrival November 10, 2019 By C. Mankiewicz (Los Angeles,, CA) See All My Reviews "This is quite a disappointment considering the people involved. Daniil Trifonov is a young pianist of promise who benefits from considerable P.R., but this disc is worrisome. Paired with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Rachmaninov's favorite Philadelphia Orchestra, one had high hopes for a smash hit here, but it isn't. Leaving aside the inconsequential piano transcriptions of The Silver Sleigh Bells and the Vocalise, these two piano concerti clearly need further study by Trifonov as he hopefully studies the performances of the many great virtuosi who have laid down far more cohesive and exciting realizations of both scores than this, including the composer's own, by-the-way! Trifonov does handle the First Concerto far better than the more famous and difficult Third understandably, but the tempo and dynamic fluctuations in both leap out as crude momentary efforts to make personal effects just to differentiate himself from others. Unfortunately but understandably, Nézet-Séguin indulges Trfonov's every whim, as virtuoso pianists would expect in these works. But one must add the conductor and orchestra only play here as if this was nothing more than run-throughs, lending little support (hoping the composer would understand), while the listener of this disc wonders yet again why the great SACD sound the orchestra had before Nézet-Séuin took over was abandoned." Report Abuse
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