TRIFONOV and that piano.

You might like to know what Daniil was so keen to communicate about the piano.


Always when one sees anything but a Steinway on stage people are ready with comments. 

As I told you at the rehearsal he made the piano sing and as you know we were sitting very close in an empty hall. 

Daniil I think was frustrated that the magnificent performance that he shared with us was not the sublime one he had in his head that we were robbed of. 

Sitting further back it was obvious the piano just did not project in the slow movement in particular.But also the very opening melody note in the first movement should be so sublime like a Vengarov in Tchaikowsky.Or the sound of Rubinstein,Curzon or now Pressler. 

I suppose it is the difference between a very fine italian instrument and a Stradivari. 

Why did Michelangeli cancel so often if the piano was not perfect ….it was because that perfectly chiselled  unique sound was only possible on a perfect instrument.The rhythmic passages came over better than I have ever heard .The bright sound penetrating the orchestra and the accompaniment to the sublime strings in the last movement was nothing short of  miraculous.I think Daniil has earned the right to be  able to command the instrument he needs  for his genius.It will not be easy to find …………but he who seeketh………… 

I did not bring the subject up but the geni inside Daniil needed to explain to people that cared . 

Poor Christopher finding himself again on your doorstep with me  was impatiently waiting whilst his taxi clock was happily ticking away .But it was a small price to pay for a genius who just wanted to share his thoughts and enthusiasm  with us. 

What a privilege to be witness to birth of  another Richter and all thanks to you dear Annabelle. 

I stress this is just my opinion,that was also Daniils, that I share with you. 

I heard afterwards that there had been some discussion about this magnificent but not perfect instrument. 

We were ,in fact kept out of the hall until the last minute in an effort to find the right voice for Daniil. 

The secret of Stradivari ……… if only Fazioli could work that one out …..but they have been trying for many hundreds of years …to no avail.



  Sensational indeed as Lisa Peacock said today,and she should know.>  The intoxicating sounds that bewitched us surely touched our senses> from the moths,to the boat on the ocean and the bells in the> valley.And we could almost smell them such was his control and> artistry on a very ungrateful piano that had even Graham Johnson> marvelling.After his Alborada we even came out to the interval> clicking our heels,such was his capacity to evoke all the marvellous> things that Ravel had laid before him .A real magician , but also the> devil in disguise as he torpedoed us into Prokofiev’s 6th- one of the> three war sonatas- with a violent energy and massive contrasts-no> orchestra could have>  competed with this performance.The layers of sound that he managed > to> create with that ungrateful box of wires and hammers took our breath> away had the audience sitting on the edge of their seats.>  But the most magical moment was kept for last .A Bach/Siloti prelude> of such subtle, whispered colouring to almost defy belief that this> was the same instrument and pianist that had bombarded us with> percussive sounds just before.>  If in the Beethoven he missed the energy within the silences this > was> the choice of a great musical mind at work – his!>  Sensational indeed dear Lisa and thanks to you and the Keyboard > Trust> the stars were shining brightly at the Wigmore last night>>