SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 2
SHCHEDRIN Piano Concerto No 5 (Matsuev)
Denis Matsuev piano
Valery Gergiev conductor
Total duration 73m32s
Catalogue number MAR0509
Recorded December 2009 and December 2010 in the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg
James Mallinson producer
Classic Sound Ltd editing & mastering
Jonathan Stokes & Neil Hutchinson for Classic Sound Ltd audio editors
Includes multi-channel 5.1 and stereo mixes.
Notes in English / en Francais / auf Deutsch / на русском языке
ICMA Nomination 2013
***** 'A disc well worth having.' Audiophile Audition
***** Recording 'among the best currently available… superb playing… these performances are exceptional.' BBC Music Magazine
Clef du Mois 'We particularly admire the combination of strength and variety of colour which perfectly suits these concertos... the pianist twirls the notes into constant musical fireworks... One of the most impressive recordings in recent years.' ResMusica
****½ ‘The star of the show is the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev. The Mariinsky's own engineers deliver reasonable Super Audio sound. Strongly recommended’ Allmusic.com
'Matsuev remains a dazzling soloist.' ClassicsToday.com
'Denis Matsuev's account of the Piano Concerto No. 1 for Piano, Trumpet and Strings leaves one breathless in admiration for his formidable technique and the accuracy of his playing… All three works are performed by the gifted Russian virtuoso Denis Matsuev accompanied by the Mariinsky Orchestra and Valery Gergiev whose affinity with the music of both composers is clearly evident in the performances on this disc… There is no doubt that this recording will further enhance the growing reputation of this outstanding Russian virtuoso. Definitely recommended.' SA-CD.net
'The immediate realization you have upon listening to this CD is that Valery Gergiev and Denis Matsuev are very much of one mind as to where to go with this music, and more importantly, perfectly matched for sonority.' Fanfare
‘This is a superb issue in every way’ Classical CD Review
Denis Matsuev returns to the Mariinsky label with his recording of both Shostakovich piano concertos, showcased here alongside Shchedrin's Piano Concerto No 5.
Since winning the 11th International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1998 Matsuev has established a reputation as one of Russia’s greatest and most dynamic pianists. Over recent years he has begun to perform regularly on the international scene and has recorded for BMG Russia. He has appeared with many of the world’s leading orchestras and gave his first Carnegie Hall recital in 2007.
Matsuev is renowned for his interpretations of music by Russian composers and has collaborated with the Serge Rachmaninoff Foundation. He was chosen by the Foundation to perform and record unknown pieces of Rachmaninov on the composer’s own piano at the Rachmaninov house on the Villa Senar estate, Lucerne.