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Denis Matsuev Presented Tutorials and Printed Music to Novosibirsk Region's Music Schools

November became a memorable month for cultural life of Novosibirsk. Publishing House "Music"- "P.Jurgenson" with International Charity Foundation of P.I. Tchaikovsky and with participation of Bank Group ZENITH accomplished the joint project. All music schools of Novosibirsk got a considerable amount of tutorials, textbooks and sheet music from Publishing House "Music".

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The LSO and Gergiev in Brahms and Szymanowski 4

The first half of the 20th century must surely be one of the most richly creative periods in history. This was a time of great social and political change, spearheaded by two most devastating wars that saw death and destruction on a new level of cold efficiency. Rising from the ashes of this massive upheaval, the arts produced a glorious outpouring of works and ideas not seen since the renaissance and never on this scale. In the world of music, the flowering of talented composers born in the last quarter of the 19th century, produced an embarrassment of riches, to such an extent that it was possible to consign a composer as talented as Szymanowski to the second rank.


Following in the footsteps of Simon Rattle and Charles Dutoit, it is all credit to Valery Gergiev that he is also championing this miraculous, if still peripheral, composer. To hear this music so luxuriously played by the London Symphony Orchestra seemed like the perfect way to experience it. This music has a surface richness and virtuosity that cries out for a first-rate orchestra and a conductor in tune with the toughness at its core – certainly delivered in spades, in this most memorable concert.


Two works by Szymanowski occupied the substantial first half of the evening. Both late works, they show the composer at his most rounded and contained, while not losing that essential wildness and rapturous quality which are unique to him. The oddly categorised Symphony no. 4, “Symphonie Concertante” of 1932 is a piano concerto in all but name and as such easily stands up to comparison with the great works by Bartók and Prokofiev of the same period. As performed by Gergiev and his powerful pianist Denis Matsuev, this was a performance that struck one as energetic and bold, but also giving time for the work to breathe and expand as needed. In the first movement, the balance between the ruminative opening subject and the more dynamic second group of ideas was nicely maintained and the overall effect was passionate but organic. Matusev found just the right level of forcefulness and melting delicacy.


This latter quality was much in evidence in the second movement with its piano part gently accompanying solos from the strings and woodwind, while always being somehow in control of the musical flow. In the great central climax the sense of elation overflows into a great string melody, which once again melts into the piano roulades, all beautifully judged by Gergiev and Matsuev. In the final movement all these positive musical qualities once again surfaced to produce and an exciting and satisfying conclusion to an excellent performance of an inspired work. The frenetic Polish highland dance that ends the work took the breath away with its controlled power.


The secret to performing Szymanowski’s music, so clearly understood by Gergiev in these performances, is to hold onto that fine line between classical restraint and total abandon and then to make it all sound completely spontaneous. This he and his soloist Leonidas Kavakos achieved even more successfully in their performance of the Violin Concerto no. 2 that followed. Perhaps a greater work that the symphony and possibly its composer’s best work, this concerto has all the ingredients that make Szymanowski so exceptional. Gergiev and Kavakos certainly got to its core.


Once again, it’s all about balance, and Kavakos took as his starting point a reasonable mid-point of restraint. The opening passage was warm but not effusive, and this mesmerising stillness once created, he was able to return to it as the music required. At other times he opened out with a lusher sound, or in tougher folk dance passages, he would dazzle with rock-solid rhythmic impetus and thrilling double-stopping. The ebb and flow of this piece was so wonderfully captured, that I’m sure many of the audience left this performance wondering why the they hadn’t heard it before and or why it wasn’t in the repertoire of most concert violinists.


And then we ended with the Brahms. Odd bedfellows, you might think, but somehow it worked. Brahms is another composer that needs a fine balancing act between restraint and passion, and the Symphony no. 4 is the most perfect example of this duality in his orchestral music. If performed as it was by the Gergiev and the LSO, it sounded strangely reminiscent of Wagner or Bruckner, but with many fewer of the former’s longueurs or the obsessive “logic” of the latter. It certainly put paid to Britten’s insistence that Brahms’ music was “dull”, “stolid”, “pretentious”. There was not, as you might be forgiven for expecting, a touch of Tchaikovsky or even a Russian accent.


The first movement tempo seemed initially to be a little leisurely, but then it became obvious that Gergiev’s overall conception was to emphasise the grand sweep, leading the inevitably to the climatic coda.


Submitted by Chris Garlick on 17th December 2012

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Classical Review: IPO No Mere Substitute

Except for regretting Kurt Masur’s unfortunate accident that prevented him from conducting the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert last week, there was no reason for disappointment with Doron Salomon as substitute.

Russian pianist Denis Matsuev’s performance of Brahns’ Piano Concerto No. 1 was electrifying. He is a veritable bombshell of temperament, radiating passion, intensity of expression, and excitement. Powerfully convincing though his outbursts are, there is nothing exaggerated or showy about them. Not even the slightest fleeting detail is neglected, tempi are subtly flexible with no trace of rigidity, climactic highlights are significantly accentuated, nuances of dynamics are abundant, and technically demanding runs are meticulously polished.

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ICMA nomination

Shostakovich Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 2 and Shchedrin Piano Concerto No 5 has been nominated for an International Classical Music Award (ICMA) in the Concerto category. The Award Ceremony and Gala concert will take place in Milan, 18 March 2013.

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Denis Matsuev to give his 10th solo recital at Carnegie Hall

Russian virtuoso pianist Denis Matsuev will give on Wednesday his jubilee tenth solo recital at Carnegie Hall in New York City. He disclosed the details of the upcoming concert in an interview with TASS. "For me the American tours have been one of my favorite performances over the past 15 years, especially on such a significant stage as Carnegie Hall," Matsuev said. "Today’s performance is special. This is my tenth solo recital on this stage. In all, I’ve performed at Carnegie Hall more than 20 times, including my concerts with orchestras." According to Matsuev, every performance in this musical theater is a special honor for him. "It was opened in 1891 with a concert of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of [Pyotr] Tchaikovsky. [Sergey] Rachmaninoff and [Igor] Stravinsky also performed there," he said. "Carnegie Hall has its own special aura, special atmosphere.

Every time the musician draws up a new program for Carnegie Hall audiences never repeating himself. At this concert he will perform Tchaikovsky’s The Seasons, Robert Schumann’s Kreisleriana and three fragments from Stravinsky’s Petrushka ballet. A Carnegie Hall spokesman told TASS that it was a great honor for the American audiences to welcome Matsuev to New York city, so the leadership of this well-known musical theater often asks the pianist to perform there. Carnegie Hall wrote on its website, "Since his triumph in 1998 at the 11th International Tchaikovsky Competition, Denis Matsuev has become a virtuoso in the grandest Russian tradition of pianism and has quickly established himself as one of the most prominent pianists of his generation."


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Sonorous Monuments: A Recital by Denis Matsuev

A substantial portion of the Russian musical community attended the spectacular piano recital by Denis Matsuev at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco, Sunday, January 24, given under the auspices of The Cherry Orchard Foundation. Mr. Matsuev (b. 1975), winner of the 11th International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, 1998, offered three works on his original program, of alternately salon and virtuosic character: Tchaikovsky’s 1876 suite “The Months” (also known as “The Seasons”); Schumann’s suite after E.T.A. Hoffmann, Kreisleriana, Op. 16; and Stravinsky’s arrangement (for Artur Rubinstein) of Three Scenes from the 1911 ballet Petrouchka. 

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UCLA’s Royce Hall Welcomes Back Acclaimed Piano Virtuoso, Denis Matsuev

Enjoy a Night of Live Classical Piano Music Featuring Denis Matsuev

Experience a musical performance like no other when The Cherry Orchard Festival presents acclaimed piano virtuoso Denis Matsuev performing at two special West Coast engagements at UCLA’s Royce Hall on Friday, Jan. 22 and San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre on Sunday, Jan. 24. 

Matsuev’s piano recital will feature famous works including Tchaikovsky’s Seasons, Schumann’s Kreisleriana, and Stravinsky’s Petrouchka.

Matsuev has prospered as one of the most sought-after pianists of his generation, earning widespread praise from fans and critics alike after winning gold at the 11th International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1998.

Matsuev has prospered as one of the most sought-after pianists of his generation, earning widespread praise from fans and critics alike after winning gold at the 11th International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1998. This performance will be Matsuev’s second appearance at Royce Hall, the first was in front of a sold-out crowd in 2012.

Matsuev’s enthusiastic and passionate approach has garnered special acknowledgement from numerous respected critics: The New York Times named him, “the successor to Russian keyboard lions like Evgeny Kissin, Arcadi Volodos, and Vladimir Horowitz.” The Washington Post calls him, “an absolute powerhouse of a pianist capable of vanquishing the most technically demanding music in the repertory.” His brilliant and unique talent is evident throughout his performance.

Matsuev tours internationally, appearing before the likes of the Queen of England, the Pope and former President Bill Clinton, and has played with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and London Symphony. Matsuev also had the honor of performing at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

The Cherry Orchard Festival, a production of the Cherry Orchard Festival Foundation, is an organization that promotes artistic activity and the exchange of views and ideas while aiming to enlighten, reveal and engage audiences through educational programs and events. The Cherry Orchard Festival’s vision is to create an ongoing connection between American audiences and international artists, thus promoting greater cultural understanding and encouraging family participation in the arts. Since the foundation held their first International Arts Festival in New York City in 2013, the festival has expanded to Boston and Washington, D.C.

The event will be held on Friday, Jan. 22, at Royce Hall at 8 p.m. You can purchase tickets at Roycehall.org or through the UCLA Central Ticket Office: 310.825.2101.

These not-to-miss recitals will be held on Friday, Jan. 22, at Royce Hall at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. at Herbst Theatre.


Event: Denis Matsuev Piano Recital at Royce Hall (Los Angeles)

Date: Friday, Jan. 22

Time: 8 p.m. 

Cost: $55-$95 Orchestra Seating and $55-$85 Balcony Seating

Tickets: Roycehall.org


 Event: Denis Matsuev Piano Recital at Herbst Theatre (San Francisco)

Date: Sunday, Jan. 24

Time: 7 p.m.

Cost: $95-$105 for orchestra seating, $55-$65 for balcony seating

Tickets: Cityboxoffice.com


Randa Akeel


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Review on Matsuev's Concert in the International Music Festival of Canary Islands

Con un auditorio casi lleno (¿cuándo podremos prescindir del "casi" en conciertos como este?) subieron a escena los filarmónicos londinenses y dió comienzo el Concierto para piano núm. 3, de Rachmaninov. En el podio, el director colombiano Andrés Orozco-Estrada, que ya visitó Las Palmas hace un par de años para dirigir la Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria, dejando muy buen sabor de boca a la afición local. 

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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!

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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.

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