Trifonov cancels Berlin Phil’s big nightNews
Due to an acute arm injury, Daniil Trifonov has unfortunately had to cancel his participation in the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Waldbühne concert on 25 June under the baton of chief conductor Kirill Petrenko. Kirill Gerstein will stand in for Daniil Trifonov, performing Rachmaninov’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in C minor op. 18, with which he made his acclaimed debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2016.
Just how big a night is it for Berlin when they’re just trotting out another over-performed warhorse? Much more important is that Trifonov’s arm should recuperate fully before he returns to the stage.
At least a fairly lucrative one with a sold out venue with a capacity of about 25,000 and the concert shown live on TV.
There is hardly a “full” recovery after any significant hand injury caused by instrument practicing.
It is surprising to me how much Kirill Gerstein gets to perform. For him, it seems enough to be a nice and intelligent person who plays well enough. But what puts him ahead of legions of other pianists is beyond me.
I have seen Gerstein live twice, playing both the Rach 3 and Beethoven 5th concertos, and both times were extremely good. I would say though that some of his recordings I have listened to do not translate how much I enjoyed the live experience of hearing him play.
Yes, Karl. You are absolutely right!!! He is intelligent, but this is where it all ends!!
From a carpal-tunnel standpoint, it’s not astonishing that Trifonov should experience physical issues, since his posture at the keyboard is so crouching and contorted.