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Why Trifonov went off the BBC

There should have been a live broadcast of Daniil Trifonov’s extraordinary Wigmore Hall recital last night. Instead, BBC Radio 3 ran a repeat of his Edinburgh Festival appearance.

Apparently, the artist had asked for the recital not to go out live. He had suffered concussion a couple of weeks earlier, tripping on a step after emerging from a yoga lesson, and feared that he might not be at his best in a collection of pieces he had never played before.

In retrospect, he had nothing to fear.

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Comments

  1. alec johnston says:

    After playing in the dark in Guildford he should have had no worries!

  2. Trifonov is truly special. In addition to being a fine creative mind and fantastic pianist, he’s also kind of a real live Keystone Cop… I mean, one hopes he can stay healthy.

  3. Did the BBC at least record his recital for delayed broadcast?

  4. Hope so, but quite understand if he had concussion. That’s not fun, and it can be a few weeks before you even feel the after effects of that.

  5. Let’s not underestimate the enormous pressure of the incredibly start of an already distinguished career. And let’s cut him some slack. He’s a really good kid.

  6. Michiel van der Kraats says:

    I saw him perform Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 1 in Rotterdam last month. It was incredible. One of the best concerts of the – still young – season.

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