Russian pianist Denis Matsuev gave a stellar Singapore concert on the 21st of November 2023 playing numerous classical favorites, and contemporary jazz pieces in the second half with award-winning musicians, double bassist Andrei Ivanov and jazz drummer Alexander Singer.

Matsuev truly showcased his prowess on the C. Bechstein D282 Concert Grand Piano, breezing through most masterfully the works of Handel, Beethoven, Chopin, and a selection of Rachmaninoff’s works, and more.

For a recap of the evening’s “Classics and Jazz” programme, check out our previous article! JAZZ TRIO PERFORMANCE – A Whirlwind of Improvisational Genius!

Drummer Alexander Singer, double-bassist Andrei Ivanov with Denis Matsuev performed a slew of improvisational takes on well-loved pieces at the Capitol Theatre, Singapore.

  A very special treat came in the second half of Matsuev’s programme, where he invited double bassist Andrei Ivanov and drummer Alexander Singer to the stage to perform a mix of contemporary compositions including his own “Ballade” and Ivanov’s “Fiesta” interspersed among some refreshing improvisational takes on Gershwin’s well-loved “Rhapsody in Blue”, and one we particularly enjoyed, Grieg’s “In the Hall of the Mountain King” reimagined to a point we may have forgotten, caught up in the sublime evolution and transformation engineered by Matsuev, Ivanov, and Singer, what piece it was, until Matsuev would playfully remind us of Grieg’s genius by sneaking in the main motif into the mix. This concert was nothing short of exhilarating!  

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