I can't tell you how overwhelmed I was, what shock I experienced today in the city of Lucerne, where I will perform the concert with Lucerne Orchestra, organized by the Foundation of Rachmaninoff tomorrow. I am going to play Third Piano Concerto by Sergei Vasilyevich.
Music Hall in Lucerne is unique per se. But today when I came on the stage, I was shocked, because the piano of Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff stood there. That very piano from Villa Senar, I played 6 years ago when I recorded unknown Rachmaninoff’s works.
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
16 to June, 20 festive events timed to the 200th anniversary of the
Russian literature classic Ivan Goncharov take place in the town of Ulyanovsk. Denis Matsuev
became the honourable guest of the concert on the central square on June, 18, the
writer’s birthday. Denis performed Rachmaninov, piano concerto no.2. “I am delighted
to meet the Ulyanovsk
audience and the town itself which has changed to the best since my last visit,”
– admitted the musician.
Per chi non lo conosceva ancora il pianista russo Denis Matsuev si e rivelato gran virtuoso non sollo nella brillante interpretazione di Rachmaninov, ma nei due bis a dir poco civettuoli. Un ( impercettibile) carillon di Lyadov, seguito da un violento Grieg. Ma Grieg sapeva essere davvero cosi violento?
Philharmonic has uploaded on its YouTube channel a part of the concert
on December, 22, 2010 where Denis Matsuev and the Berlin Philharmonic
Orchestra headed by Valery Gergiev play Rachmaninoff, Piano concerto
no.3. The concerto is considered to be one of the most difficult
compositions for the piano, and to hear it performed so successfully is a
rare chance. A year ago all the components were brought together: the
hall of the Berlin Philharmonic with an unusual interior and unique
acoustics; the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra which is year after year
reckoned as one of the best orchestras in the world by the “Gramophone”
magazine; maestro Valery Gergiev, who is familiar to the audience of the
Berlin Philharmonic since 1993, and soloist Denis Matsuev, who played
with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra for the first time and produced
in this sense a splendid debut.
We hope that watching the concert will be a nice beginning of 2012 for you!
The programme “New Year with Vladimir Spivakov” will
start tonight on “Culture” TV channel on 22.40. Denis Matsuev, Hibla
Gerzmava, Sergey Bezrukov, Ekaterina Guseva, Anton Makarsky, Alexander
Filippenko, Julia Rutberg, Veronika Dzhioeva, Alexey Tihomirov and
Georgy Vassilyev, Vasily Ladyuk, Ekaterina Shipulina and Nikolay
Tsiskaridze, violinist Sergey Krylov, Arkady Shilkloper and many more
artists have prepared surprises for their admirers and will assume
unusual roles for this special occasion.
Conductor Yuri Temirkanov has spent long enough onthepodium toknow howtogive thepunters what they want. Theprogramme forhis latest visit with hisStPetersburg Philharmonic Orchestra ticked theright boxes: adollop ofRussianness, followed byashowstopper and awell loved symphony. Ifonly its delivery has been soreliable.
…At least the soloist inRachmaninov's Paganini Rhapsody was out todazzle. Denis Matsuev, like many young Russian pianists, could never be accused ofreticence. The Steinway takes ahell ofapounding, even inplaces where yoususpect that Rachmaninov might have wanted theorchestra tobeheard. But his technique isphenomenal: blistering passagework, steely chords. Perhaps heisthenew Horowitz. His encore, Grigori Ginzburg's outstandingly tasteless but breathtaking transcription ofRossini's Largo alfactotum, certainly suggested thesame penchant foroutrageous showmanship…