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"La Stampa"

“…Following the Suite from the Amore, written in America in 1919 in the style of the avantgarde Russian theatre, here we have Prokofiev 3rd Piano Concerto with Denis Matsuev as soloist. He has got the clockwork technical precision and the percussive strength of the great virtuoso, and moreover the delicacy and sense of humor, at times surreal, as suggested by the composer in the delightful central movement. The young Siberian pianist, acclaimed by the audience, greeted the listeners playing an encore by Rachmaninov”


“Virtuosic Hercules at the Steinway”. Pianist Denis Matsuev conquers D?sseldorf

D?sseldorf. How beautiful, that the organizers from the Klavier-Festival Ruhr continuously more often reserve for the highlights of their concert series the venues of D?sseldorf. With the 1975 in Irkutsk born pianist Denis Matsuev in any case a real phenomenon leaped onto the podium of the Robert-Schumann Hall. Liszt’s “Mephisto”-Walz, Horowitz’ “Carmen”-Variations, Stravinsky’s “Petruchka”, no “warhorse” is safe from this man.

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Berlin Philharmonic has uploaded on its YouTube channel a part of the concert where Denis Matsuev plays Rachmaninov

Berlin Philharmonic has uploaded on its YouTube channel a part of the concert on December, 22, 2010 where Denis Matsuev and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra headed by Valery Gergiev play Rachmaninoff, Piano concerto no.3. The concerto is considered to be one of the most difficult compositions for the piano, and to hear it performed so successfully is a rare chance. A year ago all the components were brought together: the hall of the Berlin Philharmonic with an unusual interior and unique acoustics; the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra which is year after year reckoned as one of the best orchestras in the world by the “Gramophone” magazine; maestro Valery Gergiev, who is familiar to the audience of the Berlin Philharmonic since 1993, and soloist Denis Matsuev, who played with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra for the first time and produced in this sense a splendid debut.

The part of the concert is available here.

You can watch the full concert on the site of the Berlin Philharmonic.

We hope that watching the concert will be a nice beginning of 2012 for you!

The programme “New Year with Vladimir Spivakov” will start tonight on “Culture” TV channel on 22.40. Denis Matsuev, Hibla Gerzmava, Sergey Bezrukov, Ekaterina Guseva, Anton Makarsky, Alexander Filippenko, Julia Rutberg, Veronika Dzhioeva, Alexey Tihomirov and Georgy Vassilyev, Vasily Ladyuk, Ekaterina Shipulina and Nikolay Tsiskaridze, violinist Sergey Krylov, Arkady Shilkloper and many more artists have prepared surprises for their admirers and will assume unusual roles for this special occasion.


Tonight Denis Matseuv plays Liszt in Mariinsky theatre


Tonight Denis Matsuev performs in St.-Petersburg, in the Mariinsky theater. In the 2nd part of the concert the pianist will play Liszt, Piano Concerto no.1 and no.2 – the repertoire was selected from the newly released album “Matsuev. Liszt”. The soloist will be accompanied by the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra headed by Valery Gergiev.


"Brahms is given more glower than glow"

St. Petersburg Phil/Temirkanov in BARBICAN

It can be an interesting prospect when a visiting orchestra brings a repertoire that is not normally considered to be within its core. Brahms from St. Petersburg? He’s mainstream for all orchestras, of course, but it was always going to be worth hearing how the prime Romantic classicist fared in the hands of one of the world’s most volatile collections of musicians, alongside the more familiar exports of their fellow Russians.

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Denis Matsuev on "Culture" TV channel on New Year night

On the New Year night you can watch Denis Matsuev on “Culture” TV channel in the programme “New Year with Vladimir Spivakov”. Vladimir Spivakov, Sati Spivakova, Denis Matsuev, Svyatoslav Belza and the best musicians, opera singers, ballet dancers and drama actors will be creating the festive mood for “Culture” spectators.

Hibla Gerzmava, Sergey Bezrukov, Ekaterina Guseva, Anton Makarsky, Alexander Filippenko, Julia Rutberg, Veronika Dzhioeva, Alexey Tihomirov and Georgy Vassilyev, Vasily Ladyuk, Ekaterina Shipulina and Nikolay Tsiskaridze, violinist Sergey Krylov, Arkady Shilkloper and many more will take part in the show. Many artists have prepared surprises for their admirers and will assume unusual roles for this special occasion.


“I take part in “Culture” TV channel New Year programmes almost every year, - says Denis Matsuev, - they attract me because of their style, taste, humour and, of course, the level of professionalism of the participants. We shot all the programme in the burst of inspiration in Moscow International Performing Arts Centre. I am really glad that it happened there, - it is a grand occasion. I have different roles in the show: pianist, concertmaster and more… “Culture” channel will as always treat its audience with an outstanding New Year.

You can watch the trailer of “New Year with Vladimir Spivakov” on the web site of “Culture” TV channel.


Times Concert: St Petersburg PO/Temirkanov

…At least the soloist in Rachmaninov's Paganini Rhapsody was out to dazzle. Denis Matsuev, like many young Russian pianists, could never be accused of reticence. The Steinway takes a hell of a pounding, even in places where you suspect that Rachmaninov might have wanted the orchestra to be heard. But his technique is phenomenal: blistering passagework, steely chords. Perhaps he is the new Horowitz. His encore, Grigori Ginzburg's outstandingly tasteless but breathtaking transcription of Rossini's Largo al factotum, certainly suggested the same penchant for outrageous showmanship…

Richard Morrison, "Barbican"


Denis Matsuev debuts with the New York Philharmonic at 15.000th concert together with Valery Gergiev

Denis Matsuev, the fast-rising young Russian pianist, made his Philharmonic debut in the Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra, which usually comes across as a perky work alive with jazzy energy and ornate piano writing. But Mr. Matsuev, wielding his athletic virtuosity and steely power, gave a chiseled, hard-driving yet transparent performance, matched in character and cool brilliance by Mr. Gergiev and the orchestra. The ovation was enormous, so Mr. Matsuev played an encore, showing his delicate side in a gently tinkling account of Liadov’s “Music Box.”

Anthony Tommasini, "The New York Times"


“Greatest” wins over hearts and minds

The label “greatest orchestra in the world” always needs living up to end, on the evidence of last night, the St Petersburg Philharmonic are certainly the last surviving 19th century orchestra in the world — and that’s something to be proud of.

Their playing has heart, and is a thrill to hear, even if not militarily perfect.

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Jubelstürme für Denis Matsuev

Rund 800 Fans feiern den russischen Starpianist in der Stadthalle mit Ovationen

Gütersloh. Für Pathos hat Denis Matsuev wenig übrig. So umstandslos der russische Starpianist die Bühne betritt oder sie nach beendetem Spiel wieder mit knapper Verneigung verlässt - so schnell, dass die Beleuchtung kaum nachkommt - so direkt nimmt er sich auch die Werke dieses Abends in der Stadthalle vor.

Und da diese Schlachtrösser der Virtuosenliteratur von dem Musiker aus dem sibirischen Irkutsks mit beispielloser Grandezza bewältigt werden, bleibt den rund 800 Besuchern gar nichts anderes übrig, als den 39-Jährigen von Anfang an begeistert, am Ende gar euphorisch zu feiern.

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Blog #49. Concert in Minsk

I was really happy to be able to find time during my concert tour through Germany to come to Belarus for a day. As Alexander Blok said, " And endless battle! We only dream of peace ", so I decided to use my day off to perform a recital in Minsk. I once again was absolutely amazed by this country, this public. The concert, which was held in the Palace of the Republic, with an audience of 3,000 people, became incredibly strong and vivid impression of the day. Actually, I should say that Belarus is striking in its purity, hospitality and the amazing kindness of the people who live here, and today the atmosphere at the concert, despite the enormity of the hall and the presence of 3,000 people, was quite extraordinary, fascinating. "Understanding" silence during rests (and it is very rare and very expensive experience for any performer) struck me in the heart, because the audience here is just great in all respects: dear, sensitive, intelligent and very thoughtful. Particularly poignant these “understanding pauses” are heard in the works of Mussorgsky, Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky, which I played this evening. I'm really happy that I came here. And once again I thought that I should visit Belarus more often and start to do interesting projects, primarily associated with the young generation of musicians.

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Blog #48. Concert Tour in Germany

My Concert Tour in Germany has started. I am going to visit Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Bremen, Berlin, Munich. Every time I come to this country I can’t help mentioning the fact, that almost all German cities and even small towns have very good professional concert halls. That fascinates and pleases me.

I’d like to tell you about one of small German towns in Eastern Westfalia, which I visited within my Concert Tour in Germany. It’s Gutersloh - picturesque, nice, fairytale-like, Christmas-decorated town. It’s not unusual or surprising that I came here, as we have a very long-lasting experience of fruitful relations with Forum of Russian Culture of Gutersloh, headed by Franz Kiesl. 

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Reviews on Australian and Singapore Tour of Denis Matsuev with Valery Gergiev and LSO

1. London Symphony Orchestra, Program 2

Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, November 25


Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2 is the is closest thing to a warhorse on the London Symphony Orchestra's historic tour of Australia, and the hall was packed to hear it, alongside Shostakovich's 10th symphony. From the start soloist Denis Matsuev, known as the "Siberian bear", demonstrated tight, comprehensive mastery, blocking the tenths of the opening chords with his massive hands, and giving them shape and colour, as if they were mere triads. It set the tone for the entire performance: rather than battling to climb a pianistic mountain, with risks and slips on the way, Matsuev seemed to stride across the work. That's not to say he made it sound easy – the final movement had me on the edge of my seat, boggling at the tempo – but he appeared to be able to play it, give us his interpretation, even reflect upon it, as well as just survive.

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Denis Matsuev, Valery Gergiev and LSO Tour to Australia

When the London Symphony Orchestra visits Australia in November, in a tour that sees them perform in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne following a stop-off in Singapore, their trip will provide both players and audiences with a welcome return to a country they first visited back in 1966, with conductors Colin Davis and István Kertész, and then again in 1983, with Claudio Abbado – at that time the ensemble’s Principal Conductor.

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Concert review: Brilliant lineup of Prokofiev's best works by London Symphony Orchestra

Denis Matsuev plays with bravura, and the concerto provided an ideal vehicle to show off pianistic ability. He excelled in the percussive and dramatic passages, and was no less convincing in lyrical sections, and totally revelled in the glissandos. As much as he was dazzling in his control and massive dynamics, a fully satisfying performance of the concerto calls for greater regard for the splashes of irony, levity and delicacy to be found in the writing.

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Blog #44. Tour to Singapore and Australia

Two days in a row, 12 hours each day – shooting of New Year Celebration Concert on Kultura TV-channel, yesterday - concert in Mariinka (St.Petersburg) and recording of Rachmaninoff’s Piano concerto #1 till 2 o’clock in the morning. Today – heading to Singapore, flight time – 12 hours. See you soon!