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"Echo of Crescendo" in Kuzbass

Music festival “Echo of Crescendo in Kuzbass” is going on in the region of Kemerovo. During 3 days young Russian musicians accompanied by the Governor’s Symphony Orchestra of Kuzbass headed by Tao Lin perform world classics. Denis Matsuev played Prokofiev, piano concerto no.1. Follow the links to watch the videos by the “Culture” and “Vesti-Kuzbass” channels.


"Stars on Baikal" tickets already on sale

Tickets to “Stars on Baikal” music festival are already on sale in Irkutsk. Their price remains at the last year's level, 1500-5000 roubles. The festival, which is being held for the 7th year, will start at the 9th of September and last 10 days. Denis Matsuev, Alexander Rudin, Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Spivakov and more than 300 other participants will visit Irkutsk in these days. The video by the “Vesti Irkutsk” TV channel is available here.


Annecy music festival

From the 21st to the 31st of August the French town of Annecy will host the classical music festival. The programme will consist of symphony and chamber music concerts as well as recitals. This year the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Charles Dutoit will have the residence at the festival. The audience should expect to hear Nikolaï Lugansky, Henri Demarquette, Sergio Tiempo, Diana Higbee, Jacques Rouvier, Klaus Häger, Claire-Marie Le Guay, Jean-Yves Fourmeau, Hisako Kawamura, Bertrand Chamayou, Brigitte Fossey and, of course, Denis Matsuev – the artistic leader of the event.

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Review from Baden-Baden

Web site published the following review on Denis Matsuev’s concert in Baden-Baden (July, 23):

„Der Gewinner des renommierten Tschaikowsky-Wettbewerbs 1998 hat sich mittlerweile insbesondere als Interpret des russischen Repertoires einen Namen gemacht.

Er verfügt über eine pianistische Technik, deren Umschreibung als virtuos fast untertrieben ist. Das Faszinierendste an seinem Spiel ist jedoch, wie er diese technischen Fähigkeiten dazu einsetzt, Musik zu gestalten, zu formen, manchmal regelrecht zurechtzumeißeln.

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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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Broadcast of the Concert from Carnegie Hall

Medici.TV starts free live broadcast of my concert in Carnegie Hall with Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra under baton of V.Gergiev. Thanks to AVC Charity Foundation live webcast will be available free of charge and without any subscription to anyone from anywhere in the world, on the home page as well as on the webcast page during 90 days.

Denis Matsuev at Royal Festival Hall – Tchaikovsky’s The Seasons, Liszt’s Mephisto Waltz, Schumann’s Kreisleriana and Rachmaninov’s Second Sonata

Recent experiences of Denis Matsuev have not been that positive, so it was a pleasure that his International Piano Series recital went a long way to confounding expectations. True, Matsuev’s stage manner isn’t exactly ingratiating and his pragmatic engagement with the piano (here a beautifully voiced Steinway) gives very little away. Also, both halves of his programme were organised to keep the fans waiting for Denis the arsonist-as-virtuoso, which, to judge from the amount of coughing and phone-checking, was the audience’s prime interest.

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