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Denis Matsuev and Tchaikovsky's Second Piano Concerto

Russian pianist Denis Matsuev won the 11th International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1998.  As one of Russia's leading pianists, he can be heard in a recent recording of Tchaikovsky's First and Second piano concertos with the Mariinsky Orchestra and Valery Gergiev conducting, surely a great combination.


10th Anniversary of Crescendo festival

This year "Crescendo" celebrates its 10 years anniversary. This unique festival brings talented young musicians, who are at the beginning of their career, and eminent artists to different cities of Russia, France, Israel, USA. The list of cities changes every year, but there is only one that remains in each list every year - Pskov.

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Denis Matsuev in der Zürcher Tonhalle

Raffinierte Stückchen

Technisch makellos und mit erfrischendem Zugriff: Der russische Pianist Denis Matsuev präsentierte sich in der Tonhalle mit einem vielseitigen Programm.

Auf eine Anfrage des umtriebigen Petersburger Verlegers Nikolai Bernard antwortete Peter Tschaikowsky 1875 enthusiastisch: «Ich habe grosse Lust, mich jetzt mit Klavierstückchen zu befassen.» Daraufhin legte er in seinem Zyklus «Die Jahreszeiten» op. 37b zwölf Charakterstücke im Sinne Schumanns vor, für die ihm phantastische Stimmungsbilder eingefallen waren.

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In Memory of victims of terrorist Act in Paris

We all mourn for victims of terrorist attack in France. It is impossible to find right words to express what I feel right now, when I think about all those innocent people who were perished in the act of terrorism, horrifying by its cruelty and hatred of mankind, on 13th of November in the centre of Paris. My condolences to victims’ families and the most heartfelt support to those, whom I know in France: orchestras, conductors, musicians, team of Annecy festival, team of Medici.TV. And to all people of France and Paris – courage and strength of mind. Tomorrow’s concert we, Valery Gergiev and I devote to blessed memory of victims…

Toutes nos pensées sont avec la France. Je n'ai pas de mots pour exprimer la douleur pour les victimes de ces attentas inhumaine et dégoûtantes. On est avec vous. Mes sincères condoléances à toutes les familles des victimes et les mots de support à tous mes amis français: mes collègues, les orchestres français, les chef-d'orchestre, l'équipe du festival d'Annecy, l'équipe de MediciTV. A vous tous- du courage! Le concert qu'on joue demain avec maestro Gergiev est dédié en mémoire des victims.

Blog #78. From Lipetsk

Crazy days go on! I am writing to you from “Don” federal highway. It is 240 kilometers from Lipetsk. And I’d like to say, that the highway is of perfect quality! Every day there are new stories, new stages, new audiences, new faces. About my adventures this week in brief. Today I perform in Lipetsk, then there is a week in Munich and Basel, which opens with concerts with Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra and Valery Gergiev, then with Bavarian Radio Orchestra and Mariss Jansons. “Prometheus” by Skryabin, “Rhapsody in Blues” by Gershwin, “Variations on the Theme of Paganini” by Lutoslawsky will be performed. And on 15th of November you can watch live broadcast on Medici.TV of the concert, where we, Valery Gergiev and I will perform Second Concerto by S. Prokofiev. Turn on your TV and computers or watch it through mobile application on you Iphone or Android Phone!


Blog #76. From Yakutsk

15th of October became a big day for me. As I performed Second Concerto by Prokofiev in Yakutsk for the first time. And it was an absolute happiness!

First of all because this concert is unique, it is a king among piano concertos all around the world. Brilliant and deeply tragical in its heart music of phenomenal scale. There are premonitions of Revolution, dramatic and irreversible changes in it. First audience’s and critics’ opinions were divided, but even that time nobody doubted, that this music will live forever and become a part of world golden collection of piano concerts.

Secondly, for me it was a long way to this concert: I knew it very well, but never performed it. Valery Gergiev constantly asked me why, as he thinks that this concert should definitely be in my repertoire, judging by its scale and energy. And I always answered, that I know the music, but cannot get in contact with it. No connections, no love. And on 15th of October I found it at last during the concert in Yakutsk with Opera and Ballet Theatre Orchesta and a wonderful conductor Alevtina Ioffe! So everything was perfect. And I have a strong feeling that a great romance with this music begins. I am planning to perform this concert all over the world.


"Die 'Rhapsody in Blue' ist ein zeitloser Hit"

Das BR-Symphonieorchester startet aus der Sommerpause mit einem Rhapsodie-Programm und Werken von Lutoslawski, Enescu, Ravel und Liszt. Hauptwerk des Konzertabends ist Gershwins "Rhapsody in Blue" - dessen Klavierpart der russische Pianist Denis Matsuev übernimmt. Susanna Felix hat ihn zum Interview getroffen.

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Blog #75. Amsterdam

It was an amazing day and a very special evening. The day before our concerts on 8th and 9th of October with maestro Jansons and Bavarian Radio Orchestra, which will be recorded on DVD and broadcast live on Medici.TV, Rodion Shchedrin invited us to dinner. I wish I could convey my sentiments, I feel during our conversation with these legendary people. For the first time I came here in 2004, during that visit I recorded Fifth Concerto by Shchedrin with Bavarian Radio Orchestra and Mariss Janons. Orchestra is one of top 5 in the world in quality, emotions and perfectionism to my mind. And today, 11 years later I am here again with Mariss Jansons and Rodion Shchedrin on the eve of season opening for Bavarian Radio Orchestra.

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Review on London Concert from Classical Source

The Russian piano school has in recent times produced a host of pianists capable of playing with great (and sometimes excessive) strength and conviction, yet even among these luminaries the brilliantly accomplished and self-assured Denis Matsuev stands out. His Tchaikovsky certainly packs a punch, as was resoundingly clear from the confident, even strident treatment of the Concerto’s famous opening, but it was also offset by moments of impressive delicacy.

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Fireworks of the right kind from Matsuev, Temirkanov & the Philharmonia

The two works on tonight’s programme, both giants of the repertoire, are tricky to carry off for different reasons. Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 23 is so familiar, and is such a barnstorming giant that it can be hard to bring any kind of freshness and subtlety to a performance. Brahms’ Symphony No. 4, Op. 98, on the other hand, suffers from perceptions of his music as heavy, difficult and conservative compared with that of his late Romantic contemporaries. There was also nothing other than these two titanic works to ease the audience in. So how would the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by a rather serious Yuri Temirkanov tackle this, along with fellow Russian pianist Denis Matsuev? In short, with simplicity and ease, and, as a result, giving surprisingly refreshing performances of these familiar masterpieces.

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Blog #74. London-Munich-Moscow

It is less, than three day Crescendo gala concert closed its season for 2015 and I start my European tour already. It promises to be eventful, bright, diverse, pleasant and long awaited - all at the same time. I open a new season in London, in famous Royal Festival Hall with celebrated London orchestra Philharmonia and my dear maestro Yuri Temirkanov today. I always say, that London concerts has a special place in my life: as London is one of the most famous cultural capitals of Europe, as I love and adore London audience, as I maintain warm and close relations with London orchestras. It is a great pleasure to open my new season with my dear friend maestro Temirkanov and wonderful Philharmonia orchestra, which proved to be a truly universal team. I am looking forward to this concert today.

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Closing Vlog, Dedicated to "Stars on Baikal" Festival

Pure Happiness! I’ve been to Irkutsk for full 18 days! It’s not happened since 1992. My feelings are too deep for words. Despite festival hectic time: a lot of concerts, events, physical and emotional strain – I accumulated a lot of energy for a year ahead.

It is impossible to tell everything that happened during the festival in one blog entry. So I urge you to re-watch those wonderful videos, created by DailyCulture team (head of the team – Ekaterina Goltsman). To my mind we worked out a new format of broadcasting for classical music festivals – series of live mini-reports. Before that Internet users had no chance to see rehearsals, behind the scenes activities, visits to Baikal or to hear audience’s and musicians’ opinions. So it is a great format we plan to use during other festivals in Russia and abroad. Thank you, DailyCulture!

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