Pianist. Mendelssohn

Pianist Magazine October/November 2014 Felix Mendelssohn—Complete Works for Piano & Orchestra South Jutland Symphony Orchestra / Cond. David Porcelijn Danacord DACOCD 734-736

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Classic FM. Ravel, Debussy, Franck

Classic FM November 2009 Ravel Two Concerti; Debussy Fantasie, Franck Symphonic Variations Oleg Marshev pf Sonderborg Symphony Orchestra / Vladimir Ziva Danacord DACOCD 672 Ravel's concertos are chalk and the cheese: the Left Hand is a psychological shocker; the G major is filled with the exuberant energy of the Jazz Age. Marshev doesn't sell either mood short - his Left Hand is bleak, sombre and probing, while he swings effortlessly through the mischievous jazz clichès in the Concerfto in G. The debussy and the Franck receive correspondingly insightful performances PC

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Piano News. Ravel, Debussy, Franck

Piano News March 2010 Ravel Two Concerti; Debussy Fantasie, Franck Symphonic Variations Oleg Marshev pf Sonderborg Symphony Orchestra / Vladimir Ziva Danacord DACOCD 672 Maurice Ravels Klavierkonzert G-Dur ist dem Jazz verschrieben, und vielleicht hatte der Komponist gar einkalkuliert, dass kaum jemand die synkopisch ineinander verschachtelten, rasenden Akkord-Repetitionen allesamt trifft. Der aus Bаku stammende aserbaidschanische pianist Oleg Marshev trifft sie, meistert die kräftezehrenden Trillerketten  in der rechten Hand und das komplette Akrobatik-Programm dieses Konzerts überhaupt bravours. Glänzend geht das Sonderjyllands Symfoniorkester unter Vladimir Ziwas Leitung dabei mit und lässt sich von den kraftvollen Grooves mitreissen. Marshevs technische Brillanz ist ein Genuss genau wie seine hohe Musikalität und der Witz, der mit Zivas Lesart dieses Werkes korrespondiert. überwältigend agiert auch die...

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PIANIST. Ravel, Debussy, Franck

PIANIST 53 2010 Ravel Two Concerti; Debussy Fantasie, Franck Symphonic Variations Oleg Marshev pf Sonderborg Symphony Orchestra / Vladimir Ziva Danacord DACOCD 672 Who needs Ludwig and Wolfgang over-played concertos when there are so many brilliant but unknown concertos out there? Marius Dawn applauds Oleg Marshev and other explorers of neglected repertoire. (more…)

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CLASSICAL SOURCE. MUSSORGSKY

CLASSICALSOURCE—MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition—piano version, orchestral version (orch Ravel) Oleg Marshev pf Odense Symphony Orchestra / Jan Wagner Danacord DACOCD656 (70'.DDD) Although this release is not the first to juxtapose Pictures at an Exhibition in Mussorgsky’s original version for piano with Maurice Ravel’s orchestration of it (Ashkenazy/Mehta, on Decca, and Brendel/Previn, on Philips, spring immediately to mind), it is instructive to have two versions of this popular work side-by-side and, in particular, an opportunity to savour how the composer himself wrote the piece (there are so many transcriptions of it that there is a danger of losing sight of Mussorgsky’s intentions!) Oleg Marshev gives a particularly illuminating account of Mussorgsky’s original (beautifully recorded, too, in its presence, clarity and...

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CLASSIC FM. MUSSORGSKY

CLASSIC FM—MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition—piano version, orchestral version (orch Ravel) Oleg Marshev pf Odense SO/ Jan Wagner Danacord DACOCD656 (70'.DDD) The enterprising Danacord label has come up with the novel (though not unique) idea of coupling the original piano version of Mussorgsky's masterpiece (1874) with Ravel orchestration (1922). Oleg Marshev is on top form with a well-paced, deftly characterised account with startling bursts of virtuosity that can hold its own with the best in a competitive field. By comparison, Wagner and his Odense players are merely staid and workmanlike. Some sluggish tempos ("Tuileries", "Limoges" and the finale) and unimaginative takes on "Bydlo" and "Ballet of the Chicks" do not illuminate the full potential of this wonderful score. Both performances...

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GRAMOPHONE. MUSSORGSKY

GRAMOPHONE—MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition—piano version, orchestral version (orch Ravel) Oleg Marshev pf Odense Symphony Orchestra / Jan Wagner Danacord DACOCD656 (70'.DDD) A fascinating opportunity to compare the piano and orchestral Pictures Coupling Mussorgsky's original piano version of Pictures at an Exhibition with Ravel's celebrated orchestral transcription makes for fascinating listening. This is largely because the ferocity of much of Mussorgsky’s piano-writing is tempered by Ravel with a dazzling but typically Gallic elegance. And this makes it no exaggeration to claim that a single instrument comes to exceed the impact of full orchestra. Such ironic grandeur is made abundantly clear by Oleg arshev, whose all-Russian mastery takes nothing for granted providing, even in a crowded marketplace, one of the finest...

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Musicweb International – Schumann

musicweb-international Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856)  Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.54 (1845) [30:33]  Introduction and Allegro appassionato in G major, Op.92 for piano and orchestra (18:49) [15:48]  Introduction and Allegro Concertante in D minor, Op.134 for piano and orchestra (1853) [13:49]  Clara Wieck SCHUMANN (1819-1896)  Concerto Movement in F minor for piano and orchestra (1847)[13:09]  Oleg Marshev (piano)  South Jutland Symphony Orchestra/Vladimir Ziva  rec. Alsion, Sønderborg, Denmark, 3-7 August 2009. DDD  DANACORD DACOCD 688 [73:41]  I was first introduced to Robert Schumann's Piano Concerto in A minor whilst still at school. I had been listening to my girlfriend of that time playing the opening salvos of Grieg's concerto in the same key. I was impressed, naturally, and borrowed the score and an LP recording. The sleeve-notes suggested...

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