Rachmaninov 2nd, Almaty

Rachmaninov, 2nd piano concerto with Kazakhstan State Orchestra, cond. Muslim Emze, 23/02/2018 http://www.kazpravda.kz/articles/view/pust-muzika-zvuchit/n Любимое произведение меломанов – Второй концерт для фортепиано с оркестром Сергея Рахманинова – прозвучало на сцене Казахской государственной филармонии им. Жамбыла. Партию фортепиано исполнил музыкант международного уровня Олег Маршев. Его выступления всегда проходят с аншлагами, и в Алматы зал был переполнен. Как всегда, маэстро вызвал восторг публики блестящей игрой, оригинальностью исполнительской концепции. Известнейший концерт, имеющий мощную, пафосную традицию исполнения, прозвучал задушевно, лирично, с увлекающей проникновенностью. В полном эмоциональном единстве с солистом звучал и симфонический оркестр филармонии под управлением замечательного казахстанского дирижера Муслима Амзе. Благодарные слушатели на сцену несли букеты алых роз – и пианисту, и дирижеру. Концерт стал настоящим праздником музыкального искусства. Автор: Раушан Шулембаева, Алматы 10:22, 1...

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Oleg Marshev- pianistic pleasures at Waikanae

Middle C - Classical Music Reviews. Wellington, New Zealand By Peter Mechen, 31/07/2016 Waikanae Music Society presents: Oleg Marshev (piano) BRAHMS – Piano Sonata No.3 in F Minor Op.5 RAVEL – Valses nobles et Sentimentales Gaspard de la nuit Memorial Hall, Waikanae Sunday, 31st July 2016 This was the sort of programme that, on paper, would quicken the pulse of anybody interested in the romantic piano repertoire in general – and with Oleg Marchev’s name attached to the enterprise, would settle the issue for the majority of piano-fanciers, myself among them. And while I might not have put Brahms’ name forward as a composer whose music I would have liked to hear Marshev play ahead of people such as Liszt, Rachmaninov...

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SEEN AND HEARD INTERNATIONAL. WHANGAREI 2013

Oleg Marshev Test Drives Whangarei’s Refurbished Steinway April 23, 2013 New Zealand  Debussy, Mussorgsky: Oleg Marshev (piano), Capitaine Bougainville Theatre, Forum North, Whangarei, Northland, New Zealand, 9.4.2013 [PSe] Debussy:  Préludes, Book II Mussorgsky:  Pictures at an Exhibition Happy accidents don’t happen all that often – but then, I suppose, if they did we wouldn’t think them anything remarkable, would we? What fascinates me is how two completely independent courses of action can worm their ways along two utterly unconnected timelines, end up at the exact same point in the space-time continuum, and strike sparks of fairy-dust (or something on those lines). What makes the happy accident I have in mind even more remarkable is that it involves a District Council. Some thirty years...

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MusicWeb International, London Phil

Stravinsky, Prokofiev and Shostakovich: Oleg Marshev (piano), London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London, 24.11.2010 (BBr) Stravinsky: Scherzo fantastique (1909) Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No.3 in C, op.26 (1916/1921) Shostakovich: Symphony No.11 in G minor, The Year 1905, op.103 (1957) It is impossible to claim that Stravinsky’s Scherzo fantastique is anything more than a fragrant morsel, albeit one which set the composer on his path to fame and fortune. Tonight, Petrenko gave it with a delightfully light touch which fully suited the work, and pointed the Firebird connections. I’ve never before understood what it was that attracted Diaghilev to Stravinsky until now, and after hearing this performance it’s so obvious! A nice starter. There's  no problem in understanding why Prokofiev’s 3rd Concerto has achieved the popularity it enjoys...

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The Independent. London Phil

http://www.independent.co.uk London Philharmonic Orchestra/ Petrenko, Royal Festival Hall What a journey we took here from the muted half-lights of Stravinsky’s Scherzo Fantastique to the tumultuous bell-laden prophecy at the close of Shostakovich’s 11th Symphony. Vasily Petrenko was at the helm of the London Philharmonic taking time out from his Scousers to probe and reveal with his customary precision a repertoire that is so plainly at the very heart of his being. Stravinsky’s Scherzo is essentially a dress rehearsal for the Firebird’s entrance with every section of the richly adorned but discreetly muted orchestra whirring to the perpetual motion of as yet only imagined choreography. Three harps pick out the iridescence of the Firebird’s plumage, the scoring so light as to...

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Bournemouth Echo

Russian Classics, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Pavilion, Bournemouth, October 24th, 2009 http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk THERE'S never a shortage of Rachmaninov works in the concert hall and in this all-Russian programme the under appreciated Piano Concerto No.1 was centrepiece. The brilliant Russian pianist Oleg Marshev has a natural gift of idiomatic involvement that informs every note.The dynamic range and technical command was tremendously impressive in the tautly constructed outer movements and his feeling for Rachmaninov’s romantically inspired lyricism made the central Andante mesmerising. (more…)

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RADIO NEW ZEALAND, Auckland 2008

RADIO NEW ZEALAND in Auckland, Concert Chamber, July 1st, 2008 Brahms Sonata n.1 Liszt Apres une lecture du Dante Chopin 3 Walses op.34, Ballade n.4 Scriabin 2 Mazurkas op.40, 2 Poems op.32, Poeme "Vers la flamme" A reviewer Sarah Watkin interviewed by Eva Radich [audio mp3="http://olegmarshev.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/nz_review.mp3"][/audio] What sort of programme did he choose for his recital? Well, it was a very, richly Romantic programme - music by Brahms, Liszt, Chopin and Scriabin and, of course, all these composers were virtuoso pianists themselves, so it was a very, richly musical evening. When Chopin waltzes are the light music on a programme you know you are in for a treat. Interesting putting Chopin and Scriabin together, I would have imagined? Yes, well,...

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Hamilton

Hamilton Recital What: HCMS: Oleg Marshev. Works by: Brahms, Liszt, Chopin and Scriabin Where: Wel Academy When: Saturday, July 12 Reviewed by: Andrew Buchanan- Smart Hamilton was privileged to hear the brilliant virtuoso Russian pianist Oleg Marshev. His sense of oneness with the music was demonstrated with consummate artistry; a nuanced blend where technique served the music, always proportioned and balanced. (more…)

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musicweb-international. Nz 2008

http://www.musicweb-international.com/SandH/2008/Jul-Dec08/marshev1707.htm Whangarei Recital Oleg Marshev (pf.), Capitaine Bougainville Theatre, Whangarei, New Zealand, 17.7.2008 Brahms - Sonata No. 1, op. 1; Liszt – Spanish Rhapsody; Chopin – Three Waltzes op. 34, Ballade No. 4 op. 52; Scriabin – Two Mazurkas op. 40, Two Poemes op. 32, Vers la Flamme op. 72 The auditorium of the Capitaine Bougainville Theatre admirably fulfils its acoustical design criteria. Although it’s splendid for dramatic productions, an acoustic that’s as dry as dust does tend to drain the life out of “live” music. Fortunately the piano, with its largely self-contained ambience, is relatively impervious to such surroundings. However, this won’t prevent some pianists putting their own murk into the music. The many recordings of the Azerbaijani pianist...

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