A New Chopin, Daniil Trifonov and Mikhail Pletnev

A film by Christian Berger

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Daniil Trifonov — Pianist

Erik Hansen — Narrator

Mahler Chamber Orchestra

Mikhail Pletnev — Conductor

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One of the most groundbreaking recordings of 2017 was Daniil Trifonov’s interpretation of Chopin’s Piano Concertos with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra led by Mikhail Pletnev. Get a glimpse into the recording and performance process with Christian Berger’s recent documentary.

The collaboration of conductor-pianist-composer Mikhail Pletnev with young virtuoso Daniil Trifonov makes for an unusual pairing: both pianists and composers, both Russians, yet with incredibly different life experiences and personalities… Trifonov is one of a group of brilliant young pianists who have won big prizes on the international competition circuit and gone on to lead a high profile touring concert career. Pletnev, who passed by the same stage, went on to develop an international career as a conductor and composer. With their most recent project, Pletnev has reorchestrated Chopin’s concertos (beloved but recognized as occasionally lacking in sophistication in their handling of the orchestra), and he leads the Mahler Chamber Orchestra with Trifonov as soloist in their performances and a series of recordings. Learn about the incredible process and go behind the scenes in recording sessions and live concerts.

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