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Denis Matsuev performed in Ulyanovsk

From June, 16 to June, 20 festive events timed to the 200th anniversary of the Russian literature classic Ivan Goncharov take place in the town of Ulyanovsk. Denis Matsuev became the honourable guest of the concert on the central square on June, 18, the writer’s birthday. Denis performed Rachmaninov, piano concerto no.2. “I am delighted to meet the Ulyanovsk audience and the town itself which has changed to the best since my last visit,” – admitted the musician.

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"Audiophile audition" published a review on the Shostakovich / Shchedrin CD and gave 5 stars to the CD

SHOSTAKOVICH: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2; RODION SHCHEDRIN: Piano Con. No. 5 – Denis Matsuev, p./ Mariinsky Orchestra/ Valery Gergiev – Mariinsky

A great match up for two disparate composers, with superb performances.

SHOSTAKOVICH: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2; RODION SHCHEDRIN: Piano Concerto No. 5 – Denis Matsuev, piano/ Timur Martynov, trumpet/ Mariinsky Orchestra/ Valery Gergiev – Mariinsky multichannel SACD 0509, 73:32.

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Denis Matsuev and Zubin Mehta perform at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

May, 20, Denis Matsuev will perform together with the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra headed by Zubin Mehta at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall. The concert will mark the reunion of the creative duo Matsuev-Mehta. The fact that the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra is celebrating its 75 years this year makes the event even more meaningful. Also this day Denis Matsuev and Zubin Mehta will give a press conference.

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"Daily Express" review on "Matsuev.Liszt"

“The Daily Express” has published the following review on the “Matsuev. Liszt” album: “The melodic structure and beauty of Liszt’s approach to piano composition is so impressive in these fluent recordings of his piano concertos 1 and 2. The brilliant Russian pianist Denis Matsuev explores the exquisite twists and turns of the works with an often enthralling fluency”.

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Annecy Classic Festival et son mécène russe providentiel

Jusqu’au 29 août, le Annecy Classic Festival s’installe sur les bords de celle qu’on surnomme la Venise des Alpes. Une cinquième édition qui se joue à guichets fermés. Une réussite que savourent d’autant plus les organisateurs que le festival a bien failli disparaître. Il doit sa survie et une partie de son succès à un mécène russe, Andreï Cheglakov.

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Les musiciens russes enflamment le lac bleu

Le pianiste Denis Matsuev a notamment brillamment ouvert le 5e Annecy Classic Festival.

S'il est un compositeur qui justifie toutes les audaces virtuoses, c'est bien lui. Franz Liszt, le visionnaire transcendantal du clavier romantique, n'a pas laissé que des pièces de bravoure solistes. Ses deux concertos pour piano, ainsi que sa danse macabre Totentanz, sont aussi des sommets de technicité véloce qui, pour peu qu'ils trouvent interprète à leur mesure, font toujours un effet bœuf. Il y a trois ans, le pianiste russe Denis Matsuev interprétait les trois œuvres d'affilée pour le bicentenaire du compositeur, à Budapest. Prouesse qui lui valut le surnom de «Liszt de Sibérie».

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Champion Plays Ravinia

He calls Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin “a big friend of mine.” His heroes are Vladimir Horowitz and star hockey center Sergei Fedorov. Russian pianist Denis Matsuev, who has “epic technique” according to the Boston Globe, is not shy about talking sports. In a 2009 Impromptu, he told WFMT that as a youth in Siberia, he could hardly be kept indoors. He played either soccer or ice hockey “about seven hours a day. Music was second.” Speaking with a gentle Russian growl, he laughs about breaking his fingers three times, “My parents was shocked. My parents is musician, my mother and father – all pianists.”


“Sochi’s closing ceremony…[had] piano virtuoso Denis Matsuev emerge from a cloud of smoke and blast through a Rachmaninov composition like he was playing Metallica. It was amazing.”

—Alex Heigl, People magazine

Although Matsuev chose the piano over hockey, his competitive nature hasn’t softened. In 1998, he won the gold medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition.

During his 2009 visit to WFMT, Matsuev described receiving a challenge of a different kind from one whose name is Rachmaninoff: “It was two and a half years ago, grandson of Rachmaninoff – his name Alexander, Alexander Rachmaninoff – came in my concert at Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris. After my recital, he told me (very fun), he told me, ‘when you don’t smoke, I give you some present.’ I don’t smoke but maybe one cigarette after the concert…no more! I told him I never smoke, I don’t smoke, where is my present? He told me, ‘I present you new piece of Rachmaninoff – unknown piece of Rachmaninoff.’”

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Zoltan Kocsis et Denis Matsuev: un duo de choc

Denis Matsuev est une nature. Un phénomène. On le sait. Mais dans le 2e Concerto et la Totentanz de Liszt, on ne peut qu’être saisi par l’adéquation entre la virtuosité visionnaire des œuvres et celle du pianiste. Matsuev fond le clavier dans le métal, l’air et l’eau, et provoque des jaillissements sonores d’un autre monde. Puissance, pyrotechnie digitale, liberté musicale: dans ce registre, le Sibérien dépasse les touches pour atteindre directement le son. Et le bonheur de son jeu est électrisant. Pas une note ne lui échappe, pas un soupir ne lui résiste. La folie instrumentale de la Totentanz semble s’effacer sous ses doigts implacables et insaisissables. On peut chercher la petite bête. La palette des couleurs, la hauteur d’esprit, une certaine délicatesse musicale. Rien ne tient. L’interprète balaie d’un revers de glissando les arguments de la raison, du style et des codes. Il arrache le piano du sol et transporte Liszt dans la quatrième dimension. La sienne, en somme…

Sur l’estrade, Zoltan Kocsis met son regard à l’écoute, et son corps, traversé de notes, répond à chaque mélodie. Il connaît ces partitions diaboliques pour les avoir jouées, lui aussi. A la baguette, cette intimité de pianiste à pianiste rend le meilleur: un accompagnement fusionnel, attentif, sensible et aimant. Suivi dans cette complicité par un Philharmonique de Saint-Pétersbourg compact, souple et engagé, le chef et pianiste hongrois peut lâcher les rênes dans les Danses slaves de Dvorák. Tout roule, tout coule, tout chante. Avec chaleur, tendresse et vitalité. La rythmique est tenue serré, les harmonies rayonnent et les mélodies livrent leur beau miel d’Est. Un régal.


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Annecy Music Festival

The Fifth Annecy Classical Music Festival is approaching. During these five years that have flown by so fast, the festival has already become traditional. 

I’d like to share an interesting observation from my life with you: I’ve noticed that seasons of the year sound for me like the festivals that are held during these months. And if September is Irkutsk and “Stars on Baikal” or London and “Proms”, January – “Christmas meetings” in Irkutsk, March-April - Easter Festival, June - St. Petersburg and “Stars of the White Nights”, July is Verbier, Salzburg and Ravinia, August is definitely Annecy. 

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Denis Matsuev is the featured artist in next season’s UBS Soundscapes: LSO Artist Portrait series

Fruitful cooperation of Denis Matsuev with LSO continues. "It is the great honour to me to be selected the resident artist of the new season and to perform with one of the best orchestras of the world under baton of my friend Valery Gergiev. The season will be opened with concerts at the Barbican Hall with Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto #2 on September, 21 and Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto #3 on September, 23. Two more concerts in London will take place in November, I’ll perform Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto #2. We will visit together a huge number of countries in Europe (Italy, Slovakia, Greece, France and others), Australia and Singapore. The programme includes Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto #2, - said Denis Matsuev - I invite all to these concerts."

Gramophone.co.uk

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Blog #26

Yesterday absolutely unusual improvised concert took place. I repeat time after time that the best concert always is based on improvisation, and this concert was a proof of that. Unexpectedly I found myself in Drvengrad, cultural oasis, created by the efforts of one man - Emir Kusturica. He really managed to create his own planet of art, which attracts creative people from all over the world. I experienced emotional upheaval of what I saw here. Every detail in this village is somehow connected to work and life of Kusturica. There is a street of Fellini and a street of Diego Maradona. The wooden town almost all is the scenery for the movie "Life is a Miracle," which was filmed here. Wooden, very picturesque, in folk style huts. It is a unique ethno village, that makes a strong impression on every visitor.

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DVD and BlueRay edition of the Closing Ceremony of Annecy Classic Music Festival 2013

This DVD-record was made at the closing ceremony of the classical music Annecy Classic Festival 2013, at which I’ve been working as artistic director for already four years, I am very pleased that this festival has such a powerful development during this time, and it really got into the elite of European festivals. I think that first of all it was due to the fact that we have managed to gather friends and create a great team. "Friends" and "team" are key words, as in everyday life, and in cultural, festival, concert life. Of course, one of the main factors of this success is the fact that for four years one of the most outstanding conductors Y. Temirkanov with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra has come to us, in Annecy, for these four years and that the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra is the resident orchestra of the festival. 

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Reviews on American Tour of Denis Matsuev

Pianist Denis Matsuev’s power overwhelms

Even in today’s overrun piano virtuoso market, Denis Matsuev stands out. On the evidence of his recordings, he possesses an epic technique, playing with seemingly superhuman speed, power, and agility.

At his Saturday recital in Harvard’s Sanders Theatre, it was pleasant to discover that Matsuev can also produce the kind of singing tone and silvery pianissimo most pianists only dream about.

In his curtain-raiser, Matsuev responded with grace and swagger to the impish brilliance of Haydn’s Sonata in E-flat major, Hob. XVI: 52. The masterly second movement showed Matsuev at something like his best, demonstrating suave phrasing and extraordinary tonal refinement.

Boston Globe

Seth Herbst 

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