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New video added to Denis Matsuev's YouTube channel: the final gala of "Crescendo" festival

The International music festival "Crescendo", art-director of which is Denis Matsuev, ended with a gala concert in the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatoire. In the concert took part Tchaikovsky symphony orchestra headed by Dmitri Liss and soloists: Denis Matsuev, Julian Rachlin, Maxim Rysanov, Sayaka Shoji, Vladislav Lavrik, Narek Akhnazaryan, Olga Peretyatko, Sophia Kiprskaya. The video is available here.

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Broadcasts of two concerts in honour of Sergey Dorensky will take place on "Culture" channel on December 6 and 8

December 6, at 17 35, “Culture” TV channel will broadcast the concert “Sergey Dorensky and his students” from the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatoire, soloist Denis Matsuev. The programme of the concert includes Schubert, Sonata in A minor and Beethoven, Sonata no.23 “Appassionata”.

December 8, at 17 35, “Culture” TV channel will broadcast the concert “Tribute to Sergey Dorensky”, recorded at the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatoire on December 5. In the first part of the concert Alexander Shtarkman, Ekaterina Mechetina and Nikolai Lugansky will perform Rachmaninoff, piano concerts. In the second part Andrey Pisarev, Pavel Nersessian, Vadim Rudenko, Denis Matsuev and Vladislav Lavrik will perform Grieg, Prokofiev, Tsfasman and Shostakovich. Tchaikovsky symphony orchestra headed by Alexander Sladkovsky will also take part in the concert.

“Russia 24” broadcast from “Crescendo-2011” gala concert

The annual music festival “Crescendo” finished with a gala concert in Moscow in the Great Hall of the Conservatoire. The festival represents a unique annual forum for the best young Russian musicians, performing here means acknowledgement of talent and skills for the young generation of the Russian perfprming school. Denis Matsuev, art-director of “Crescendo”, says: “More than 100 musicians took part in the festival during 7 years… If you look at philharmonic posters throughout the country, you will see that 80% of the names on them come from “Crescendo”. Sharing his thought about the future, Denis expressed the intention to turn “Crescendo” into a music academy with its orchestra, workshops with invited professors and a special concert hall. You can watch the broadcast of “Russia 24” channel from the “Crescendo-2011” gala concert here.

New video added to Denis Matsuev's YouTube channel: Denis performs Grieg

At the VI music festival "Vladimir Spivakov invites" Denis Matsuev and the National Philharmonic of Russia headed by Vladimir Spivakov perform E.Grieg, 2 elegiac melodies, "Heart Wounds" and "Last spring", and Piano concerto in A minor. The concert was recorded in Svetlanov hall of Moscow International Performing Arts Center, year 2011. The video is available here.

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Denis Matsuev to perform Grieg on "Culture" TV channel

November, 28, at 17 30 there will be a concert broadcast on “Culture” TV channel:  Denis Matsuev and the National Philharmonic of Russia headed by Vladimir Spivakov will perform Grieg Two Elegiac Melodies for Strings, “Heart Wounds” and “Last Spring”, and also Piano concerto in A minor. The concert was recorded in Svetlanov hall of Moscow International Performing Arts Centre in 2011.

New videos added to Denis Matsuev's YouTube channel

Denis Matsuev and the State Symphony Orchestra of Russia headed by Gorenstein perform Strauss “Burleske” at the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatoire

Easter festival opening 2011. Artistic leader Valery Gergiev. Denis Matsuev and Mariinsky orchestra headed by Valery Gergiev perform Stravinsky “Capriccio”

DenisMatsuev and the Moscow Philharmonic, conductor Yuri Simonov, perform Rachmaninoff piano concert no.1 at Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Moscow

“Collected executions”. World elite of Russian piano school. Denis Matsuev at the Great Hall of Moscow conservatoire performs "Unknown Rachmaninoff": suite,variations on a theme of Corelli, fugue

Denis Matsuev, Vladimir Spivakov, Tatjana Vassiljeva perform Shostakovich “Trio” at the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatoire

Presentation film of "Crescendo" festival art director of which is Denis Matsuev

Music festival "Crescendo". Report of TV channel"Kultura" from Paris

Denis Matsuev: Rachmaninoff, piano concert no.2. Part of the documentary by NTR: company(the Netherlands)

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New publication added to "Media" section: "Maestros et virtuoses russes à Annecy", the French translation of the article published in "The Moscow Times"

De nombreux musiciens russes sont mondialement connus et jouent un rôle important dans la vie musicale de chaque continent. Quelques Russes s’occupent également de la direction artistique de festivals étrangers. Mais trouver un riche homme d’affaires russe qui accepte d’être le principal sponsor d’un festival de musique hors des frontières de la Russie est probablement unique.

L’idée d’organiser l’Annecy Classic Festival est née à l’été  2009, alors que le pianiste Denis Matsuev faisait une apparition dans un autre festival français, non loin de Paris. Pascal Escande, directeur du festival, pianiste et enseignant, annonce alors qu’il met un terme à un autre évènement de moindre envergure qu’il organisait depuis dix ans à Annecy. Matsuev, qui avait joué à Annecy et trouvait ce lieu particulièrement adapté la musique classique, a exprimé ses regrets et proposé de présenter Escande à un ami qui pourrait éventuellement financer un festival plus important dans la ville.

L’ami en question est l’homme d’affaires moscovite Andreï Cheglakov, pionnier dans le domaine des logiciels en Russie qui s’est ensuite lancé dans le développement de voitures russes de luxe. Les deux hommes se sont finalement rencontrés plus tard en 2009, suite à un concert de Matsuev à Genève. Cheglakov connaissait bien Annecy car il y avait acheté un chalet près de la ville quelques années auparavant. Et c’est sans trop d’hésitations qu’il a accepté de soutenir ce projet de festival.

Ainsi, grâce à Matsuev et Escande qui remplissent le rôle de co-directeurs artistiques, une aide complémentaire du département de la Haute-Savoie et d’autres financements des autorités françaises, le premier festival a vu le jour à fin août 2010. Matsuev était bien entendu l’une des principales attractions, avec le violoniste Vladimir Spivakov, l’altiste Iouri Bachmet et l’Orchestre philharmonique de Saint-Pétersbourg, sous la baguette de son directeur artistique de longue date Iouri Temirkanov.

Le contingent russe, présent pour la deuxième édition du festival, était une fois de plus composé du Philharmonique de Saint-Pétersbourg de Temirkanov, ainsi que de son rival originaire de la même ville, l’Orchestre du Théâtre Mariinsky, dirigé par Valeri Guerguiev, avec Sergueï Krylov au violon, Sergueï Dreznin au piano et à la composition, et quatre jeunes talents russes d’origine moscovite dans les cordes. Parmi les autres musiciens, deux célèbres paires françaises : les sœurs pianistes Katia et Marielle Labeque, ainsi que le duo composé du violoniste Renaud Gautier et de son frère violoncelliste. Sans oublier Jean Guillou, le plus connu des organistes français.

Annecy ne manque pas de lieux pouvant accueillir un festival de musique. Elle abrite notamment plusieurs sites historiques comme la cathédrale Saint-Pierre datant du début du XVIème siècle ainsi que le musée-château d’Annecy qui domine la ville et fut érigé entre les XIIème et le XVIème siècle, ou le luxueux hôtel Imperial Palace et la gigantesque église Sainte-Bernadette, qui ont été construits plus récemment. L’acoustique est excellente dans chacun de ces sites.

Les concerts du festival offraient une musique de très grande qualité. Matsuev a une fois de plus interprété de manière éblouissante le concerto pour piano n°1 de Tchaïkovski et a fait preuve d’une sensibilité hors du commun dans un concert de musique de chambre composée par Tchaïkovski, Sergueï Rachmaninov et Béla Bartòk. Temirkanov a dirigé son orchestre dans une interprétation remarquable de symphonies de Tchaïkovski et Johannes Brahms. Une soirée marathon de récitals offerte par quatre jeunes pianistes largement salués fut quant à elle particulièrement mémorable, et ce grâce à l’interprétation élégante par le Japonais Kotaro Fukuma des études de Franz Liszt, qui sont rarement jouées, et la reprise magnifiquement fougueuse de la sonate en si mineur du même compositeur offerte par la Géorgienne Khatia Buniatishvili.

Le troisième festival de musique classique d’Annecy devrait avoir lieu à la fin du mois d’août prochain, probablement avec la présence, tout au long de l’évènement, d’un orchestre renommé, et sans doute avec la participation de Matsuev ainsi que d’autre grands noms russes qui continueront à occuper une place importante sur la scène classique mondiale.


This article is a translation into French of the original by Raymond Stults published in "The Moscow Times"
The original French publication is available on the official web-site of the newspaper "La Russie d'Aujourd'hui"

"Maestros et virtuoses russes à Annecy"

Raymond Stults, "La Russie d'Aujourd'hui"

November, 18, 2011

De nombreux musiciens russes sont mondialement connus et jouent un rôle important dans la vie musicale de chaque continent. Quelques Russes s’occupent également de la direction artistique de festivals étrangers. Mais trouver un riche homme d’affaires russe qui accepte d’être le principal sponsor d’un festival de musique hors des frontières de la Russie est probablement unique.

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From Zurich to Perm

My previous monologue ended with my arrival to Moscow where I played concert at the Philharmonic and then flew to Zurich.

In the first airing of my video-blog I mentioned that I will make a very swift trip – so it happened! The next morning I was rehearsing Rachmaninov’s Third Concerto with V. Gergiev and The Zurich opera Orchestra. The main concern was that this orchestra never played this concerto, or played it very long ago. And this concert is rather an orchestra part, almost a symphony, than a usual accompaniment to the soloist. V. Gergiev arrived one day ahead of me and rehearsed with the orchestra without a soloist.

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Instead of an interview

Giving interviews I often realize that a lot does not fit into an interview format and is left unsaid. Now I want to share with you my thoughts accumulated from the beginning of this year, which started with my personal subscription seasonal concert in Moscow and my USA Tour.

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I’m away...

...making a new record. Details are kept secret, I’ll tell you everything a bit later ;)

Sad news

Nikolay Pavlovich Krivomazov, a close friend of mine and one of the most outstanding representatives of the Soviet and the Russian press, passed away. I got acquainted with him long ago, when I went to school, to the secondary school no.1 in Irkutsk, together with his children Misha and Jenya. Nikolay Pavlovich Krivomazov was a journalist of a world scale. I learnt a lot from him, we were close friends for a long time, we lived through hard times together, through the beginning of 1990s, a terrible period in every respect. Nikolay Pavlovich’s decease is a great loss and a hard blow for everyone who knew him. Last year, which seems so close, he wrote an article about me for “Komsomolskaya Pravda”…

From the musical festival in Perm

Hello!

I am writing from Perm, where my music festival is being held now. It is one of the regional festivals that I organize in Russia, and this year it is held for the 2nd time already. Both celebrities and young musicians take part in our concerts, and the formats of the events differ as well: there is my recital, my concert with an orchestra, a chamber music concert and a charity concert of the young musicians. Along with Perm, there will be concerts in Berezniki. The programmes of the concerts will be totally different, without having anything in common.

We opened the festival on February, 9, together with the “New Russia” orchestra and conductor Alexandr Sladkovsky, the Honoured Artist of the Russian Federation. In the Great Hall of the Perm Philharmonic we played Rachmaninov, Piano concerto no.3 February, 10, during my recital I played Schubert, Beethoven, Grieg and Stravinsky – the programme of my American tour, from which I returned on January, 28. Today we had a charity concert of the young musicians, and tomorrow there is the final chamber concert.

Last year’s festival ended with a jazz concert. This time we decided not to repeat the past but to make Perm acquainted with the great musicians, my friends and colleagues, who live abroad and don’t appear in Russia too often: Serget Krylov, violin (Italy), Boris Brovtsyn, violin (UK), Julia Deyneka, viola (Germany) and Alexandr Buzlov, cello (Russia). We will play together Rachmaninov, Shostakovich and Bartok.

As always, in my regional projects the “New names” foundation make an audition for the gifted children. The best teachers from Moscow have come to Perm to listen to the children and to name the new grant holders. The grant holders will be awarded with musical instruments, invited to the creative school in Suzdal, to the showcases. Last year 12 young musicians became grant holders of the “New names” foundation. We have been watching their evolution during this year, and they have became parts of our big artistic family.

Now I am telling just a verbal story, but quite soon you will see some new videos on my site and my YouTube channel. On February, 4, I had a concert in Amsterdam in Concertgebouw, one of the most famous concert halls in the world. I played Rachmaninov, Piano concerto no.3 together with the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor James Gaffigan. I have been collaborating with the orchestra for a long time, we know each other very well. While waiting for the video of this concert I suggest watching the video from my USA tour in 2010, where I perform Rachmaninov together with the orchestra headed by Vasiliy Petrenko. You can watch it here.

Also I will record a new post for my videoblog. I will record it with an I-Phone which I bought recently. See you!

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