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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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Review on the Concert at La Roque-d’Anthéron Festival

Le plus jeune a ouvert les feux avec le 1er Concerto pour piano de Tchaïkovski. L’insolence de sa virtuosité s’appuie sur la joie d’être au monde et le plaisir du jeu. Un bonheur physique et combatif. Denis Matsuev attaque le clavier à plein corps, ses doigts ronds plantés dans les touches. A quarante ans, il conserve ce tempérament d’enfant bagarreur qui le propulse allègrement au sommet des partitions les plus ardues. Il fallait bien cette force joviale et une diabolique improvisation jazz en bis pour calmer l’agacement d’une partie du public, après une demi-heure de retard due au plan Vigipirate. Et pour contrer la vigueur des cigales que la canicule a stimulées pendant toute la durée du concert…

Son Tchaïkovski charnel, puissant, lyrique et virtuose perd tout maniérisme dans une interprétation qui soulève des tempêtes. Mais la fluidité des notes transforme chaque déferlement en embruns scintillants. Matsuev survole la vélocité et libère des énergies telluriques sur une tranquillité désarmante. Plus athlète que poète, jusque dans les nuances les plus douces, il installe l’œuvre dans un combat contre les éléments. Dont il sort vainqueur sans la moindre peine.

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Blog # 71. Start of the International Tour with Chamber Orchestra "Vienna-Berlin"

Our story with a unique orchestra – Chamber Orchestra “Vienna-Berlin” begins today. We start our grand international tour around Europe in a famous Musikverein. And I am pleased, that we managed to expand the geography of this tour to Russia. To my mind this is a very important and significant event in our cultural life. There are 4 concerts planned in Russia: 18th of May in the Great Hall of Conservatory in Moscow (within my original series), 19th of May in the Great Hall of Philharmonic Society in St. Petersburg, 21st of May – in Ekaterinburg, 22nd of May – in Kazan. And on 24th of May we will perform in Astana (Kazakhstan) the same program.

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Announcement of the Concert on 7th of May in Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

On the birthday of P.I.Tchaikovsky 7th of May at 13:00 (Moscow time) in Tchaikovsky Concert Hall Denis Matsuev and Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra under baton of Valery Gergiev perform three piano concertos of P.I.Tchaikovsky.

“It’s a great honour to perform three concerts of P.I.Tchaikovsky on his birthday. And an indescribable feeling for me because I have such an opportunity, - Denis Matsuev says, - It is my strong conviction that all his three piano concertos are jewels of equal value, not only his First Concert, as many believe.

Undoubtedly, First Concert is the most popular all over the world: even those, who have never been to a concert hall for classical music, know it. But nevertheless Second and Third concerts to my mind are not less brilliant and great pieces. We’ve just performed these three concerts in St. Petersburg in the Concert Hall of Mariinsky Theatre. We performed Second Concert a lot of times all over the world, but we performed Third Concert for the first time.

It’s a wonderful and very moving music. Despite the fact that it was written in the year of composer death, almost in a period when he was writing his Sixth Symphony, there is not a single sign of tragedy in it. And it has an original Tchaikovsky orchestration, his fantastic melancholic, ardent, lyrical melodies, arduous cadenzas for piano, including the biggest one that can be compared to the cadenza in Second Concert of Tchaikovsky and Third Concert of Rachmaninoff.

But when I play them in a row, notwithstanding their technical difficulties, I am in my element. Maestro Gergiev and I decided to present a cycle of concerts with this program in many capitals of the world in the near future”.

Live broadcast can be watched 7 of May at 13:00 (Moscow time) on three Internet channels –,, TV Channel Kultura will broadcast the First piano concerto live, too (16:15 Moscow time). You can also watch free of charge this performance in Virtual Concert Hall all over Russia (there are more than 40 cities participating in this project). Stay tuned for the most convenient channel for you!!/valery-gergiev-denis-matsuev-tchaikovsky-concert-hall-anniversary-concert