Musical mementos of Russia’s Olympics

Musical mementos of Russia’s Olympics


norman lebrecht

February 24, 2014

matsuev olympics

Denis Matsuev, multiplied many times, plays a frangment of Rachmaninov’s C-minor concerto at the closing ceremony.

matsuev solo

Matsuev solo, in the Lang Lang Beijing role.

matsuev solo matsuev gergiev

Gergiev gets decked out in court dress.

matsuev record

Record deal of the week.


  • Nicole Lepauw says:

    He played wonderful and with so much movement around, it was not easy to concentrate !!!bravo.

  • Bcello says:

    The closing ceremonies were beautiful and a real showcase for Russian culture. Nice that they have some !

  • Tesse says:

    USA’s NBC prime time coverage of closing ceremonies completely skipped this portion in the prime time replay and it is not posted in their online replay area either. Perhaps worse is that articles from major USA newspapers do not mention this omission. Classical music is a major strength of Russian culture and deserves the coverage.