In spite of the fact that the current extraordinary situation prevents us all from meeting at Müpa Budapest in person, we would still like to make the coming days nicer and more uplifting. This is why we are broadcasting a recording of the live concert at Moscow's Tchaikovsky Concert Hall on our website and YouTube channel.
We look forward to welcoming you to the event, through your screen!
The performance will be broadcasted on our website and YouTube channel.
The world-famous Russian pianist Denis Matsuev has been a close associate, in fact a friend, of Budapest audiences for 20 years, regularly performing at Müpa Budapest, including as the Artist of the 2018/19 Season. We have had the chance to hear him play both as a soloist in recitals and concertos and in... chamber music productions, where he has demonstrated how robustly he plays Mussorgsky, the richness of feeling he brings to Tchaikovsky and the poetic colour he produces from Rachmaninoff. Now, however, he is preparing something he has never before presented in Hungary: a jazz concert with his Russian musician friends! Jazz has long held an attraction for classical musicians: Stravinsky wrote Ragtime and Piano-Rag-Music - not to mention the Ebony Concerto for the Woody Herman Band - and you can hear the influence of jazz in Ravel's Piano Concerto, while Bartók was commissioned by Benny Goodman to compose his piece Contrasts. Yehudi Menuhin performed jazz standards alongside the jazz violinist Stéphane Grappelli, and jazz enthusiasts among classical pianists also include the likes of Friedrich Gulda and Fazıl Say. Matsuev is a passionate jazz pianist. A bit tongue in cheek, he has said that 'classical music is my wife, and jazz is my mistress.' Now, instead of just as an encore, this time around we can enjoy the fruits of Matsuev's attraction to jazz music throughout an entire concert. Joining him on stage will be Russian musician friends of his, playing double bass, drums and, perhaps most intriguingly, folk instruments like the balalaika and the lute-like Central Asian domra as they perform Matsuev's own numbers alongside jazz standards in a very promising production. And the concert will also feature the vocals of singer Yaroslava Simonova! We can look forward to an enthralling evening, and Matsuev is sure to have plenty of surprises up his sleeve for the Müpa Budapest audience!
The recording was made at Moscow's Tchaikovsky Concert Hall on 3 April 2021.
Presented by: Müpa Budapest