Denis Matsuev's triumphant victory at the eleventh International Tchaikovsky Competition has given him celebrity status on the international concert platform. He has appeared at prestigious concert halls like the Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Salle Gaveau in Paris, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Musikhalle in Hamburg, the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory and the Great Hall of the St Petersburg Philharmonia, to name but a few.
Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124
Allegro maestoso. Tempo giusto
Allegretto vivace. Allegro animato
Allegro marziale animato. Presto
Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S125
Adagio sostenuto assai. Allegro agitato assai
Marziale, un poco meno allegro
Allegro animato. Stretto (molto accelerando)
Liszt: Totentanz, S126 for piano & orchestra
Liszt: Héroïde Funèbre
“Matsuev and Mikhail Pletnev demonstrate immaculate good taste and refinement without ever losing the sense of drama and display that is so inherent to these three concerto works...What really singles these performances out is the range and the variety of orchestral colour...with each intstrument heard to maximum effect. This is an outstanding release.”
“[Matsuev is] one of the most exciting pianists around. Partnered by one of the great pianist/conductors of the day, we can expect the sparks to fly. They do - but only after a measured opening to the First Concerto...[Héroïde funèbre] is one of Liszt's most extraordinary utterances...Is there a more desolate, unsettling opening to a work from the 19th century? Pletnev would have us think not.”
“Here is an authentically Russian, hairy-chested take on all three of Liszt's piano-orchestral works. If you like your Liszt concertos to sound like Tchaikovsky (and there's no final reason why you shouldn't), then the First Concerto's opening bars will here have you purring happily away.”
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