Roughly speaking, the Silver Age hymned in this two-disc survey recalls the early decades of the last century when Russian composers began to embrace the stylistic pluralism of modernity. As Daniil Trifonov pithily comments, the period was a “a cocktail of artistic expressions in agitated interaction”.

Daniil Trifonov: Silver Age

With a similar quality dictating the running order here (and a rather elastic definition of the Silver Age’s timeframe) the set’s anchor points are Prokofiev’s blistering and baleful Second Piano Concerto and Scriabin’s sole, Chopin-accented, exercise in the form. Both receive sterling performances from soloist and orchestra. The Prokofiev revels in Trifonov’s clean, considered, acutely employed virtuosity and Gergiev’s ability to whip up a storm from his agile Mariinsky forces – and then...

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