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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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Calme et tempête à l'Auditorium de Lyon : premier opus du cycle Brahms

Qu’il est difficile de commencer un concert avec une pièce comme l’Adagio pour cordes de Barber ! Surtout lorsque la salle attend avec impatience la déferlante annoncée en la personne de Denis Matsuev. Cette œuvre de Barber est un véritable tube de la musique classique, ce qui rend l’exercice d’autant plus compliqué. On ne peut pas reprocher à l’Orchestre National de Lyon de ne pas jouer sur la fluidité et la continuité du discours, notamment dans le souffle et les silences qui ont une véritable importance dans cette musique. Alors que les coups d'archet sont censés favoriser l'échange entre les pupitres et permettre que la musique file sans accroc, ils ne sont pas ici uniformisés, à l'inverse de la plupart des pièces d'orchestre. Et pourtant, les accords à l’unisson sont d’une magnifique pureté. Un grand crescendo, puis le thème revient et disparaît comme il est arrivé, sans qu’on s’en aperçoive réellement.

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Examiner Review on the Concert in Philharmony of Paris


It wasn’t the first time they’d stood on stage together and it probably won’t be the last, but this past Sunday afternoon at the Philharmonie de Paris, Valery Gergiev, Denis Matsuev and the London Symphony Orchestra generated a little more magic than usual. It was the kind of performance where there was a crackle of electricity in the air because everyone knew they had just heard something special that wasn’t about to be replicated anytime soon.

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Digest of reviews on American tour of Denis Matsuev

Mr. Matsuev boasts a prodigious technique and interpretive flair.

…he also revealed a lyrical, reflective side. He certainly has masterly command of this formidably difficult work.

Tchaikovsky packs a lot into the short, restless, almost giddy finale, which Mr. Matsuev played with uncanny ease.

Anthony Tommasini

New York Times

 

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Gergiev and Matsuev showcase commanding virtuosity with Mariinsky Orchestra

Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 2 is a more intricate and technically demanding work than the oft-played First Concerto, yet it is vintage and mature Tchaikovsky, filled with melodic riches and pyrotechnical challenges. For many years, the concerto was played and recorded in a shortened, modified version by pianist-composer Alexander Siloti. Happily Gergiev and soloist Denis Matsuev offered Tchaikovsky’s complete original score. 

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Pianist Denis Matsuev inspired by Rachmaninoff, other Russian masters

Matsuev, a prominent winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow who will make his Fort Worth debut at Bass Hall on Tuesday night, told this story in a recent email interview with the Star-Telegram, which had to be translated from his native Russian to English before publication:

“This happened three years ago, after my recital on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. Alexander Borisovich Rachmaninoff, a grandson of the composer, came to me and said that if I promised to quit smoking, he’d give me a present.

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New York Times Review of the Concert in Carnegie Hall

On Wednesday, after Mr. Gergiev began with Rodion Shchedrin’s short, riotously playful Concerto for Orchestra No. 1 (“Naughty Limericks”), the Russian virtuoso Denis Matsuev, 39, was the soloist in Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in G. Mr. Matsuev boasts a prodigious technique and interpretive flair. He is built like a weight lifter and plays with muscularity and power. His sound can be steely and harsh, especially his crash-bang dispatching of fortissimo chords.

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