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Blog #76. From Yakutsk

15th of October became a big day for me. As I performed Second Concerto by Prokofiev in Yakutsk for the first time. And it was an absolute happiness!

First of all because this concert is unique, it is a king among piano concertos all around the world. Brilliant and deeply tragical in its heart music of phenomenal scale. There are premonitions of Revolution, dramatic and irreversible changes in it. First audience’s and critics’ opinions were divided, but even that time nobody doubted, that this music will live forever and become a part of world golden collection of piano concerts.

Secondly, for me it was a long way to this concert: I knew it very well, but never performed it. Valery Gergiev constantly asked me why, as he thinks that this concert should definitely be in my repertoire, judging by its scale and energy. And I always answered, that I know the music, but cannot get in contact with it. No connections, no love. And on 15th of October I found it at last during the concert in Yakutsk with Opera and Ballet Theatre Orchesta and a wonderful conductor Alevtina Ioffe! So everything was perfect. And I have a strong feeling that a great romance with this music begins. I am planning to perform this concert all over the world.


Review of the disc "Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No 3; Symphony No 5"

Tie yourself and your valuables down. Denis Matsuev and Valery Gergiev take a dangerous, open-top sports car approach to Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto. The sharpness of the attack, the delight in clashing sonorities, and the sheer raciness of the approach make the music so exciting it’s almost exhausting to listen to. Matsuev’s command is astonishing, in a performance that unflinchingly aligns the piece to the daunting world of the composer’s Second Concerto.

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Asian tour finishing triumphantly

March, 5, Denis Matsuev and the London Symphony Orchestra headed by Valery Gergiev will give the final concert of the triumphal Asian tour. During the tour that embraced Seoul, Beijing and Shanghai Denis Matsuev, one of the best Russian pianists, played Sergei Prokofiev, one of the most often performed Russian composers.

The concert in South Korea was especially meaningful because the London Symphony Orchestra visited the city for the first time in 6 years. The press noticed that Denis “enthralled the audience with a rendition of Sergei Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3”.

No less meaningful was the visit of Denis Matsuev and the London Symphony Orchestra headed by Valery Gergiev in Beijing and Shanghai. The critics state that there are more and more connoisseurs of classical music in the country. Performances of famous musicians are in growing demand, new concert halls are constantly being built throughout the country.

Denis’ concert geography in 2012 has been impressive: he has performed in New York and Los Angeles, in Irkutsk and Saint Petersburg, in Zurich and London, in Tokyo and Seoul and many other cities. Soon the musician will be heading to Kazakhstan and Germany and then he will devote the first half of April to Russia – Orenburg and Chelyabinsk.


"St Petersburg PO/Temirkanov in Barbican, London"

Conductor Yuri Temirkanov has spent long enough on the podium to know how to give the punters what they want. The programme for his latest visit with his St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra ticked the right boxes: a dollop of Russianness, followed by a showstopper and a well loved symphony. If only its delivery has been so reliable.

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