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Denis Matsuev

 

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Even the greatest Russians (Sviatoslav Richter and Vladimir Horowitz spring to mind) are sometimes carried away by their own excitement and pound at climaxes--check out their recordings of Beethoven's Appassionata Sonata. And the worst Russians (here we'll name only Boris Berman, though a half-dozen others spring to mind) too often pummel with giddy abandon during difficult passages to cover their lack of technique--try Berman's recording of Rachmaninov's Third Piano Concerto.

But as anyone who's heard him play will tell you, Denis Matsuev is not another Russian banger. Sure, he can bang, or at least get mighty close to it. The recording from his Carnegie Hall recital of a piano transcription of In the Hall of the Mountain King builds to a climax of almost-but-not-quite-out-of-control power. And sure, he's a virtuoso in a long line of Russian virtuosos. His performance last season of Rachmaninov's Third Piano Concerto with the Mariinsky Orchestra recalled Horowitz's performance of the same piece here at a May Festival thirty-odd years ago in its heroic strength, though the youthful Matsuev displayed more fidelity to the score than did the aging Horowitz.

Immediately reengaged by the UMS, Matsuev returns to Hill Auditorium on Monday, January 23, to perform his first local solo concert. In contrast to Yuja Wang's recent recital, which consisted mostly of encores, Matsuev's program is all hard-core repertoire: Schubert's haunting A minor Sonata, D. 784, Beethoven's barnstorming Appassionata, Grieg's romantic Sonata in E minor, and Stravinsky's bulldozing Three Movements from Petrouchka.

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