Daniil Trifonov – Bach: The Art of Life


Captivating the audience from the very first moment, Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov brings deep insight into the music-making of J.S. Bach at the Philharmonie in Berlin. Traversing the entirety of the keyboard with just his left hand, he performs a stunning rendition of Bach’s "Chaconne in D Minor", arranged by Brahms for keyboard, before moving seamlessly into the monumental "Art of Fugue". Rarely heard in performance, partly because of its technical demands and partly, because of the variety required by the performer, Trifonov navigates the 14 fugues and four canons with technical prowess, intimate understanding, careful detail, and exquisite touch. With its mathematical basis, the work is one of great beauty, spanning the vast range of human emotion, evoked by Trifonov with each stroke. Having so absorbed the music and connected to the composer, Trifonov also offers a self-composed conclusion of the final contrapunctus worthy of Bach’s genius, a performance of Dame Myra Hess’s moving transcription of “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” and three encores by three of Bach’s sons, performed between bursts of thunderous applause.

Additional Info

  • No: 8807
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach, Johann Christian Bach, Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
  • Production year: 2021
  • Run time: 01:44:00
  • Producers: Deutsche Grammophon
  • Format: 4K
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