‘No pianist under forty exerts this level of fascination’

‘No pianist under forty exerts this level of fascination’


norman lebrecht

August 31, 2015

My Album of the Week on sinfinimusic.com examines a pianist who gives away less of himself in a concerto than he does in a solo recital. Read the review here.

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  • Robert Levin says:

    What review?

  • Alvaro says:

    You are looking at – perhaps – the last stand of a practice in music once called ‘classical music’. In 10 years, who knows what DG would be recording (if it still exists, and doesn’t fuse with ‘Mercury’ – although everything points that way).

    Trifonov is from another generation, and another time. Its great to see but its unlikely to determine what will happen with him and pretty much anybody who does not bend over the need for ‘outreach’ and sales. Labels need to sell – its as simple as that – and millennials think Classical Music means 2-cellos or the new Mother Falcon.

    Since they will dominate the consumer world in the next 5 years, what do you think Labels will want to do ??

    The clock is ticking Norman – the time has come.

  • Steve Mason says:

    Dear Mr Lebrecht, please reign in your increasing habit of tantalising the readers of this blog with cut off images and mystery trails, simply designed to increase your own hits. I for one find it juvenile, irritating and unappealingly narcissistic.

    • norman lebrecht says:

      Then please don’t visit this site again.

    • CDH says:

      Risky. It must be an English thing. I am in constant touch, by correspondence these days, with an English friend with whom I share an interest in an entirely unrelated field. He, too, cannot accept criticism, or even correction. Just takes the hump.

  • Pianofortissimo says:

    Really, no pianist? Igor Levit, maybe?

  • V.Lind says:

    Sinfini Music itself seems very hot on Benjamin Grosvenor. Kirill Gerstein is still a little under 40.