Nobody, even the musicians themselves, knew the programme of the jazz concert in terms of the “Echo of Crescendo in Kuzbass” festival until the last moment. What happened on the stage in the end? Watch “Russia 24” and “Vesti-Kuzbass” videos to get to know.Tags:
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.Tags:
Tomorrow Denis Matsuev, Charles Dutoit and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra open the Annecy classical music festival. Watch the broadcast on www.medici.tv.Tags:
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.Tags:
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.Read more... Tags:
Web site www.klassik.com 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.Read more... Tags:
July, 25 at 5pm GMT www.medici.tv will broadcast from the music festival in Verbier. The piano quintet will consist of Denis Matsuev, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Kirill Troussov, Yuri Bashmet and Mischa Maisky.Tags:
July, 22 www.medici.tv will broadcast Denis Matsuev’s concert from Verbier music festival, Switzerland. Denis will be playing Schumann and Rachmaninov. The broadcast starts at 7pm GMT.Tags:
The review by the “Grammophone” magazine says:
“Pianists at the keyboard and on the podium for Liszt concertos.
Denis Matsuev won the 1998 Tchaikovsky completion with a performance of Liszt’s First Concerto and has since emerged, in recital and on disc, as one of the most exciting pianists around.Read more... Tags:
Once Langeland had finished playing, the concert proper began. On the programme was Rachmaninoff’s third piano concerto and Nielsen’s fourth symphony. The soloist for the Rachmaninov concerto was the Russian pianist Denis Matsuev. This performance also marked his debut with the orchestra. His account of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto no. 3 was truly ravishing. His playing was crystal clear, even during Rachmaninov’s most virtuosic writing, his phrasing natural, and he never slid into the kind of sentimental, overly romantic interpretation that can easily almost ruin a piece like this concerto. Matsuev also played the longer, more difficult, original first-movement cadenza. His use of pedal, however, was a tad too liberal and often managed to blur out some of the virtuosic passages.
At Heinz Hall recently, we saw the PSO's "A Night on Bald Mountain," Rachmaninoff's 2nd Piano Concerto and Beethoven's Symphony No. 7. Stunning. Explosive. Brilliant. Never heard the PSO play better or as one instrument. It was as if I was listening to "A Night On Bald Mountain" for the first time.
Russian pianist Denis Matsuev was grandly lyrical with unbelievable chops in the Rach 2 Piano Concerto. And when Mr. Matsuev encored with an Oscar Peterson-like brilliance on the Juan Tizol jazz standard, "Caravan," the packed house roared and the sitting orchestra members, stunned, responded in kind.Read more... Tags:
MONTREAL - My Moscow relatives were jealous when I told them I would hear Denis Matsuev play Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto at the Maison symphonique Thursday, and these are not easy people to impress. I had one cousin train an elephant to walk a tightrope between two balconies at a party — a three-ton beast, bejazzled in every way, who loped across with a triumphant teenager on top — and nobody noticed.
Turns out they were right to be jealous, but first there was the matter of The Seasons, the ballet by Glazunov — the same Glazunov who allegedly ruined the première of Rachmaninoff’s first symphony by conducting it drunk. Not a Russian tradition, in this case — it’s just what I think of whenever these two share a concert program.
Glazunov was a wunderkind, like Rachmaninoff, but from St. Petersburg instead of Moscow. He even managed to ride out the revolution, which comes to mind because there is something shrewd about his music, even with Mikhail Pletnev leading the OSM. It was a vivid performance and its more brilliant parts, like the Autumn Bacchanal, made me glad there weren’t dancers trying to keep up with Pletnev. He conducts like a man launching a yacht in a tuxedo, careful-don’t-get-mud-on-it movements bursting into Christ-I’ll-do-it-myself. But most of the suite just ran prettily past. No matter how finely the material is worked, it’s still not gold.
Expectations were high when Matsuev arrived. At 38, he looks like a big, rosy-cheeked Siberian boy, but he moves like a gallant; he could have entered in a litter. Pletnev and he passed for two men ignoring each other while performing a virtuoso duet; the opening theme’s octaves glided into the orchestral line as if they were played by one hand, and the first cadenza (the piano solo) was volcanic, a freakish release that cast Matsuev’s elegant composure into self-conscious relief. The finale was sublime, but the best was their wondrous Intermezzo, as balanced as a watch spring and as full of discoveries as the ocean in the dead of night.
This much beauty was almost a knockout after Glazunov’s pretty slapping, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the massive audience from giving the champion six trips to the door before he realized an encore was necessary. So he played two.
He personified a whole epoch of piano art, winning the Tchaikovsky competition in 1958. The victory was a truly landmark event – an American pianist won the first contest of P. I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Soviet Moscow. It really was a breakthrough in all respects, including politics, but politics in this case were relegated to second place because his playing was just so brilliant.
It is important that Van Cliburn was a follower of the Russian piano school. He graduated from the famous Julliard teacher Rosina Lhévinne, herself a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory. He subsequently was awarded the diploma of the Moscow Conservatory and it’s certainly a sign of recognition, because Russian pianist school is felt in his playing: the art of singing at the piano and an absolutely amazing romantic style of execution that captivated audiences in the Soviet Union. All were in love, and the love was mutual. He adored the Soviet Union, Russia, the Russian audience. He was absolutely out of politics, has always been at the forefront of his art.
Very hard to speak in the past tense about such person. I remember my personal impressions from meeting him, we compared the purely visual aspects of winning the Tchaikovsky competition. This was an infinitely touching, sensitive, kind and helpful person who dedicated his entire life to the service of art and proved by his example that talent has no nationality, that there are artists all around the world. Such a bereavement. A true legend. Legends such as he, you can count them on one hand. Eternal memory …Tags:
Original version at PSO site: http://vimeo.com/59710401
Pittsburgh Symphony music director Manfred Honeck returned Friday night to a packed house at Heinz Hall, where he conducted a blockbuster program of great and popular music.
Honeck, who has been busy making his debuts with the New York and Berlin Philharmonics in 2013, began with an interpretation of Modest Mussorgsky's “Night on Bald Mountain” that would test any orchestra.
The performance played to extremes of all kinds, including a tempo for the main section of the piece that was so fast it was reminiscent of Soviet conductor Yevgeny Mravsinky in other repertoire.
Although the tempo was anything but out of place for frenzied debauchery, only a great orchestra could make it work.
No doubt Honeck pushed the limit, but the orchestra rose to the occasion in many ways — and not with only stunning articulation, dynamic contrasts and impressively concentrated brass sonorities.
The end of the piece, ushered in by morning's bell, was quite slow and featured beautiful wind solos by Michael Rusinek and Lorna McGhee. Her flute tone was instantly captivating in a special way and her phrasing included nice individuality.
Russian pianist Denis Matsuev followed with an astonishing performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2. This is music written for a pianist with big sound and stunning virtuosity, and has been played by countless great pianists. Even so, Matsuev's power and velocity were jaw dropping.
Matsuev enjoys being the soloist, and if he sometimes overplayed and covered melodies he's actually accompanying, it must be admitted at other time he brought out inner ornamentation against the orchestra that is usually overlooked and provided freshness.
After intermission Honeck brought back Ludwig van Beeethoven's Symphony No. 7, a piece for which he has a particularly superb interpretation.
Honeck conducted this piece at his New York Philharmonic debut in early January. The interpretation he led Friday night was in most respects very similar to the one he led here in 2009. The energy and rhythmic focus carries all before it. His tempo relationships are excellent.
Yet there were new elements, most significantly more sustained and warmer string playing at the start of the second movement — which only served to deepen the expression without in any way losing the dignity of the feeling.
By Mark Kanny
Published: Saturday, February 16, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Updated 10 hours ago
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Now I'm in Israel already, in the anticipation of a new performance with the genius world known conductor Kurt Masur and the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra. We will perform Piano concerto No.1 of J. Brahms. Eighteen months ago we were performing a concert of Prokofiev in Paris and right after the concert he personally asked me to learn Piano concerto No.1 of J. Brahms. During the last year I have performed it very often in many cities. For today it is one of my favorite concerts. I am looking forward to our performances in Israel. Performance of Piano concerto No.1 of J. Brahms with Kurt Masur, an expert in German music, one of the greatest conductors of our time, of course, is a significant event for me.
After a tour in Israel, I move to the American continent, where I will give concerts with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Manfred Honeck. We will perform Rachmaninoff's Piano concerto No. 2.
Then it will be Montreal - performing with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Mikhail Pletnev Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No.3.
Then I fly back to Rome, where we will perform Tchaikovsky’s Piano concerto No. 1 with the Santa Cecilia Orchestra and maestro Yuri Temirkanov.
Wait for more news from the tour!
I would like to congratulate one of the greatest composers of our time on his anniversary. A composer with unique, original style of composing. I was lucky enough to know him for the last ten years. I performed his Piano concerto №5 and recorded it twice, once with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra with Mariss Jansons and the second time not long ago with Valery Gergiev. These records have a great success all over the world, like all his work, that, in my opinion, because of his genius. They are simply destined for success. My Congratulations to Rodion Konstantinovich and his muse, Maya Plisetskaya. This is a unique couple that proves that so talented, ambitious persons, like Rodion Konstantinovich and Maya Michailovna, can live happily together in one family.
Upon the request of Rodion Konstantinovich I gladly began rehearsing his Piano concerto № 2, which will be presented to the public on December 22nd in St. Petersburg, and on December 25th in Moscow. He had a feeling that this concert, devoted to Maya Plisetskaya, perfect fit for my style of performing. At the moment I am rehearsing the concert. I must say that rehearsals, when Shchedrin in a concert hall, or concerts, when he is in the auditorium, are very special rehearsals and concerts. And I have a very special feeling during performance, when the composer is in the hall. I wish him good health and prosperity for many years to come, I wish him energy to go along in the same vein, the same pace, in the same rhythm. I admire him and I am looking forward to these concerts.
Vishnevskaya was a stunning example for young people. That’s amazing how much she did for the young, for opera as a performing art. She created the Opera Center, where master classes and performances took place. She understood that Russia needed such centers. Many talented people were leaving the country at that time. It was extremely important to keep them here, to open talents who were born here. Best professors, best performers, best conductors come to the Center to give master classes to share their experiences with audience. The main goal of the Center’s activities was to show that we have continuity in the opera school, because there was the impression that our Russian vocal school was dying. She proved that it is not.
Fantastic woman, one of the most distinguished performers in Russian art. A woman with a steel character, sincere and straightforward, who always said what she thought. She was married to Mstislav Rostropovich and this couple survived a lot of troubles. They left the Soviet Union and then returned here triumphantly. Amazing singer, a powerful woman with a great character and fantastic life aspirations.
Galina Vishnevskaya left the stage in her prime. Only a truly great person can make such a decision. We will always remember her at the peak of her career.