Danyiil Trifonov (piano) • Conductor: Robin Ticciati
Richard Strauss: Don Juan
Maurice Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major
Claude Debussy: Pelléas and Mélisande Suit
Richard Wagner: Prelude and Love Death from Tristan and Isolde
“Like a good father, he allows music to soar freely, and empowers vibrancy, momentum and the soul,” wrote Revizor about Robin Ticciati. His January concert will feature that and more. Contemporaries, adorers and the adored – all in one evening.
The young conductor is talking with such fervour that he would convince anyone to listen to classical music. His concert demonstrates this passionate upbeat. Richard Strauss considered Wagner a role model, to whom he felt inferior despite his resounding successess. Don Juan, stirring and infused with eroticism, which he conducted in Budapest in 1908, made him a star at 25. In his symphonic poem, he demonstrates stunning courage in this treatment of orchestral sounds, a feat musicians and audiences are grateful for to this day.
After Ravel’s shining piano concerto’s energetic, jazzy first movement, a journey inward begins, only for the piece once again to be dominated by pulsating rhythms of extroverted jazz music. Its dynamism will be brought to life by Russian soloist Daniil Trifonov, 27. Martha Argerich said of him, “He has everything and more. […] I never heard anything like that.”
Debussy also adored Wagner but tried to shrug off his influence. His only complete opera, Pelléas and Mélisande, remains fresh to this day. The plot – working without time, expressed emotions and actions – balances reality and dream.
The concert ends with a haunting, beautiful melody from Tristan and Isolde. The melancholic and ecstatic Prelude and Love Death immediately sweeps listeners away and “acts like a narcotic”.