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Sergei Bezrukov interceded for pianist Denis Matsuev

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Actor Sergei Bezrukov defended Matsuev

Actor Sergei Bezrukov defended Matsuev

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On April 8, it became known that the Swiss Sergei Rachmaninoff Foundation had decided to make its best contribution to the “abolition of Russian culture.” Of course, to cancel it completely to the management of such a fund would not be out of hand, but President Urs Ciswiller said that since the beginning of the special operation in Ukraine, the membership of the outstanding pianist has been suspended Denis Matsuev in the Advisory Board.

Actor Sergei Bezrukov defended Matsuev. In his telegram channel, he wrote:

“I thought I was getting used to all this absurd news about the persecution of our artists in the West. But no, every time they find a way to touch the living. Denis Matsuev is a great musician, and to suspend his membership in the Sergei Rachmaninoff Foundation after everything he has done for him is blatant nonsense.

This fund was created by the composer’s grandson, Alexander, who valued Matsuev’s talent so much that he even entrusted him to record previously unpublished unknown works by Sergei Vasilyevich right on the composer’s piano at Villa Senar. And, of course, we need to know with what awe Matsuev himself treats Rachmaninoff’s music and with what dedication he always performs it.

Denis Matsuev is a great musician, and to suspend his membership in the Sergei Rachmaninoff Foundation after all he has done for him is blatant stupidity

Denis Matsuev is a great musician, and to suspend his membership in the Sergei Rachmaninoff Foundation after all he has done for him is blatant stupidity

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It is interesting that Rachmaninoff himself never renounced his homeland and tried to recreate Russian nature at Villa Senar. Moreover, when the Great Patriotic War began, Rachmaninoff donated one of his royalties to support the Soviet army. I am sure that if he was alive or at least his grandson, Denis Matsuev would stay in his place and organize many more wonderful events. “

Bezrukov and Matsuev have known each other for a long time: for example, in 2018 they were both members of the jury of the Blue Bird Young Talent Competition, performing together on stage. Matsuev accompanied him on the piano, performing a prelude by Rachmaninoff.) Matsuev played a cameo role in the 2015 film The Milky Way, where Bezrukov played the lead role (directed by Anna Mathison).

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