Next Concerts

Nov 15

National Symphony Orchestra

Washington DC, USA - Kennedy Performing Arts Center

With National Symphony Orchestra
Carlos Miguel Prieto (conductor)

Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3

Nov 16

National Symphony Orchestra

Washington DC, USA - Kennedy Performing Arts Center

With National Symphony Orchestra
Carlos Miguel Prieto (conductor)

Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3

REVIEWS

Jun 11 2018

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3 / Philharmonia Orchestra / cond. Paavo Järvi

[…] In performing Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto, it was the Russian Denis Kozhukhin who replaced Khatia Buniatishvili as soloist. Kozhukhin’s reputation may not be as lofty as what some of the audience tonight might have desired, but this was a concern fated to be futile. At times sensitive, at times visceral, and at times both in an entirely convincing way, Kozhukhin’s pianism demonstrated an immersive musical narrative, complemented with his impeccably crystal-clear technique. Although his audible murmuring was initially worrisome, these vocal intrusions were only proof of Kozhukhin’s musical confidence, as he cadenced through the variegated moods and shapes of Rachmaninov’s maze with natural fervour; musically, any indication of self-consciousness was largely kept at bay. Järvi’s empathic accompaniment proved invaluable, as even the minutest of Kozhukhin’s expressions were attended. Yet this is not to suggest the wanting of orchestral beef. In the soaring coda of the Finale, neither Kozhukhin nor the orchestra compromised any sort of their presence, as the work concluded triumphantly. […]
Read the full review on Bachtrack.com

Mar 05 2018

Denis Kozhukhin @ Wigmore Hall, London

“His tour de force, though, was an utterly mesmerising account of Gershwin’s arrangement of his own Rhapsody in Blue for solo piano. The piece requires the touch of a master, as everything that is in the full version is there, and the pianist needs to bring out the solo piano part as well as supply the crossrhythms of the orchestra with just two hands, and Kozhukhin achieved it summa cum laude, taking some portions at breakneck speed with stunning accuracy and attack – at one point, even lifting himself off the piano stool. It was perhaps as well that his encore – a gentle and sensitive account of Grieg’s Til våren allowed the audience to get their breaths.”

Read the full review on musicomh.com

Feb 07 2018

Grieg: Piano Concerto / London Philharmonic / cond. Vladimir Jurowski

“Splendid presentation at Ibermúsica by Russian pianist Denis Kozhukhin, another magnificent representative of the inexhaustible Russian quarry and who offered the beautiful piano concert by Grieg. The first movement highlighted the personality, sound quality, warm and expressive phrasing, all with that exuberance typical of the Russian school, also counting on a fine accompaniment of Jurowski… The lyrical intensity, the effusion and the enveloping expression of Kozhukhin were combined with their sensitivity in the Adagio, again accompanied with exquisiteness by Jurowski. The virtuosity of the third movement with its Norwegian folk dance airs was fully delivered by the Russian pianist, vibrant and rapturous, that all together with orchestra and conductor culminated in a brilliant finale.”

Read the full review on codalario.com

Feb 06 2018

CD Review: Kozhukhin plays Brahms

“His new recording on Pentatone, built around Brahms’s 10 Ballades and op. 116 Fantasies, demonstrates that, on disc at least, he’s more than a flash-in-the-pan sensation: Kozhukhin is…a furor pianist”

“…to hear him play is to experience some of the most thoughtful, sensitive, and focused pianism out there.”

“There’s also an intensity to Kozhukhin’s playing that doesn’t transfer to disc all that often: the inwardness of a live performance that keeps you on the edge of your seat – especially in quiet moments – is very much present here, too.”

Read the full review on artsfuse.org

Dec 20 2017

Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 / Chicago Symphony Orchestra, cond. van Zweden

“ … Kozhukhin largely played with such innate authority, leonine command and poised yet unsentimental lyricism that he didn’t seem to be “interpreting” the music at all. Rachmaninoff’s long-limbed melodies were rendered with a supple poetic touch and natural empathy as much as Kozhukhin’s clarity and eruptive dynamism vaulted through the passages of breakout virtuosity.
The performance culminated in an exhilarating finale that led up to the final bars with mounting inexorability–the movement’s big tune given with rich resplendence in its final flowering and the race to the coda thrillingly played by Kozhukhin, van Zweden and the orchestra with their soloist every step of the way.
This was one of the rare times when the instant cheers and standing ovation were well deserved. The applause recalled the pianist back to the stage until he obliged with an encore–“La fille aux cheveux de lin” (The girl with the flaxen hair) from Book I of Debussy’s Preludes, rendered with limpid delicacy”

Dec 07 2017

Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 / BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra cond. Vedernikov

Denis Kozhukhin was the soloist, giving a performance of crystalline clarity that downplayed the sentimentality in favour of understated lyricism, but with plenty of bravura power where it was needed.

The Guardian

Dec 07 2017

Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 / BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra cond. Vedernikov

“Pianist Denis Kozhukhin has been a regular and much-admired visitor to the BBC SSO, and his account of Tchaikovsky’s well-loved First Piano Concerto was big-boned, urgent, sometimes rather breathless, but so mighty as to sweep aside any concerns. He tackled the work’s relentless virtuosity with what felt like elegant choreography, and a fair bit of rhythmic freedom too. But there was a steely determination to his playing, matched brilliantly in the Orchestra’s forthright, sharply defined playing.”
THE SCOTSMAN

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