It will come as no surprise that Trifonov has produced a thrilling new CD.

Album of the week: LISZT Transcendental Studies; Concert Etudes; Grandes Etudes de PaganiniDaniil Trifonov (piano)DG 4795529These two enthralling discs show exactly why the 25-year-old Russian Klaviertiger is the current darling of the piano world. Trifonov has recently made a habit of performing all 12 of the Transcendental Studies as a kind of “narrative” cycle, a pianistic journey with a hero — “Let us call him Liszt,” he says in the booklet interview — at its centre. Certainly, he has the astonishing technique to dispatch these virtuoso display pieces with the bravura that made Liszt a superstar in his time.

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