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Szymanowski: Symphonies Nos 3 & 4, Stabat Mater


This second, star-studded instalment of Gergiev’s Szymanowski cycle features Toby Spence as soloist in the Third Symphony, ‘Song of the Night’ and internationally renowned pianist, Denis Matsuev in the virtuosic ‘Symphonie concertante’, Symphony No 4. Szymanowski’s deeply personal choral work, Stabat Mater, completes the cycle and stars Sally Matthews and Ekaterina Gubanova, and introduces the young baritone, Kostas Smoriginas to LSO Live listeners.

For decades Szymanowski’s music was rarely heard outside Poland. Today, he is recognised as one of Poland’s greatest musical figures. His desire to embody the music of his native land and his incorporation of the folkloric sounds of the Polish mountains make his orchestral works a must for anyone with an interest in Polish culture and music.


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Le Pianiste


A 38 ans, le musicien fait partie du club restreint de l'élite mondiale du piano. Arpentant les scènes d'un continent à l'autre, dirigeant plusieurs festivals, ce passionné incarne autant qu'il la revendique la grande tradition russe. Une bonne école pour les pianistes, s'il en est, à laquelle pourtant il serait faux de le cantonner. Improvisateur hors pair, Denis Matsuev est aussi un amoureux du jazz. Rencontre avec un personnalité attachante que l'on écoutera cet été en France, à l'Annecy Classic Festival.

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La Orquesta del Royal Concertgebouw en el Teatro Colón : Matices sinfónicos

La Rapsodia sobre un tema de Paganini (1934) de Sergei Rachmaninov fue la obra común a los dos programas presentados este año, que permitió por un lado conocer al brillante pianista ruso Denis Matsuev, pero también volver a percibir que la concentración de cada atril, la perfecta afinación y el justo equilibrio sonoro siguen siendo una marca distintiva de la orquesta holandesa. 

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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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BBC Music Magazine assessed the latest CD by Denis Matsuev as a 5-star recording


The review by Callum McDonald says:

Denis Matsuev might be better known internationally as a Rachmaninov expert, but these new accounts of the two Shostakovich concertos must be among the best currently available. He is brilliant and mercurial in the fast movements of both works, creatively negotiating the First’s many changes of direction, tempo and style and bringing a sense of élan to the Second’s outer movements. He also gives the Second’s Rachmaninov-like central Andante due expressive weight and romantic feeling. In all this he is assisted by the superb playing that Valery Gergiev draws from the Mariinsky orchestra, and superb  SACD sound.

Rodion Shchedrin’s atmospheric Fifth concerto (1999) is less pithy, but the subdued poetry of its first two movements is haunted by past composers – most notably, Prokofiev. Its finale explodes into a capricious moto perpetuo, becoming a bravura toccata that leads to a kaleidoscopic finale. Matsuev’s stamina and technique pass the test with flying colours. Though the piece seems overlong, I was glad to hear it. This unfamiliar coupling offers added value for any collector of Russian music.


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