As I always
say: there is not even one day without improvisation in my life. It gives a peculiar
scent to every day. Especially when you are on tour. And today’s happening
proves this. As you know I am in Amsterdam right now. Tomorrow we will give a
start to a series of concerts with Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and maestro
Mariss Jansons. And suddenly I got a phone call from maestro Gergiev, who was
curious about where I was at that very moment. And when he got my answer –
Amsterdam, he was really pleased and said that he was in Rotterdam. He is to
perform a concert there tomorrow with Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra (they
collaborated for many years). Besides he has a great festival there. And I took
part in it many times.
And in less
than 30 minutes Valery Abissalovich was in Amsterdam. Now we are all in the
capital of Netherlands, celebrating absolutely improvisational and at the same
time legendary meeting of these two masters on Dutch territory. I couldn't help
sharing this news with you! See you soon!
Yesterday absolutely unusual improvised concert took place. I repeat time after time that the best concert always is based on improvisation, and this concert was a proof of that. Unexpectedly I found myself in Drvengrad, cultural oasis, created by the efforts of one man - Emir Kusturica. He really managed to create his own planet of art, which attracts creative people from all over the world. I experienced emotional upheaval of what I saw here. Every detail in this village is somehow connected to work and life of Kusturica. There is a street of Fellini and a street of Diego Maradona. The wooden town almost all is the scenery for the movie "Life is a Miracle," which was filmed here. Wooden, very picturesque, in folk style huts. It is a unique ethno village, that makes a strong impression on every visitor.
The Russian pianist Denis Matsuev has already shown his dazzling virtuosity on record in works by Shostakovich, Shchedrin, Rachmaninov and others. On this new generously filled (78'32”) SACD from the Mariinsky label he performs both of Tchaikovsky's completed Piano Concertos accompanied by Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra.