Verizon Hall was nearly full, based on the appeal of Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov. But earlier in the concert, Alternative Energy delivered a feast of sound. Six speakers sent electronic effects bouncing around the orchestra, engineered by the onstage composer. And though some conductors zero in on the Stravinskian dissonances, music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin was more interested in Ravel-like blends invited by the rich orchestration.
Russians have rarely been paragons of Mozartean style, and Trifonov definitely played the concerto on his own terms -- welcomely. Every phrase played off the previous with an endless variety of color and touch in the first movement. The pianist veered into the Chopin zone in the second movement, maintaining elegant finger work but suggesting that 21-year-old Mozart had much anguish to impart. Trifonov made the final movement both sparkle and crackle -- with Nézet-Séguin always there with an answer or argument that put the pianist's ideas in higher relief.