Dmitri Alexeev
Music and Opera reporting on is made possible by The University of North Texas College of Music.
Select the link below to discover more.

Review: PianoTexas 2018: Dmitri Alexeev | PianoTexas International Academy and Festival | PepsiCo Recital Hall

Making It His Own

At Texas Christian University's PianoTexas Festival, distinguised pianist Dmitri Alexeev proved a master of his craft.

published Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Photo: Courtesy
Dmitri Alexeev

Fort Worth — Fort Worth’s outstanding PianoTexas International Festival continues to present recitals performed by the distinguished faculty; some of the best pianists of our era. In keeping with the theme of Russian music and artists, the festival presented Dmitri Alexeev in Texas Christian University’s PepsiCo Hall on June 23.

Alexeev is a legendary name. He studied at the Moscow Conservatory and was a winner at the 1969 Marguerite Long Competition in Paris, the 1970 George Enescu Competition in Bucharest, at the 1974 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and the first prize in the Leeds Piano Competition in 1975. His international career has included appearances in all of the major cities of the world and appeared with most of the major international symphonies. In addition, he is on the faculty of the Royal College of Music.

He opened with Sergei Prokofiev’s Sarcasms, Op. 17.  This was followed by Nikolai Medtner ‘s Forgotten Melodies, Op. 38, No. 6, “Canzona Serenata” and his Improvisation in B-flat minor, Op. 31, No. 1.

He followed with a group of huge works by Alexander Scriabin’s Étude in C-sharp minor, Op. 2 No. 1; Five Preludes, Op. 16; and his Fantasy in B minor, Op. 28.

After intermission, he launched into some slightly more modest Chopin. He opened with his Polonaise-Fantasie in A-flat major, Op. 61 and his Rondo in C minor, Op. 1. He played a delightfully dance-like set of four of Chopin’s mazurkas and ended with an audience favorite, Chopin’s Polonaise in A-flat major, Op. 53.

Alexeev delivered a titanic performance of all of the above; something on a galactic scale. A word occasionally used to describe him is “magisterial,” and that was certainly the case here. While he can deliver a singing legato line as tender as any bel canto singer, he is best known for the passionate storm that he easily conjures in his orchestral approach to the Romantic repertoire. He attacks the piano with ferocity, willing to sacrifice the occasional note splat to the effort, as though the music was bursting out of his very being.

Unlike some pianists who tame their playing to the individual demands of different composers, Alexeev put his own individualistic stamp on each of the disparate composers. From Prokofiev’s appropriately named Sarcasms to Scriabin’s gigantic chromatic opium trips and Chopin’s more intimate explorations, all were seen through Alexeev’s musical kaleidoscope.

It was a remarkable experience to hear him play, let alone such a big program of composers of which he has long been associated.


PianoTexas Festival Concert Schedule

Distinguished Artist Recital Series

  • 7:30pm June 30: Olga Kern

Concerto Concert Series

  • 7:30pm June 26: Teachers & Amateurs Concerto Concert
  • 7:30pm July 1: Young Arts Concerto Concert
 Thanks For Reading

Click or Swipe to close
Making It His Own
At Texas Christian University's PianoTexas Festival, distinguised pianist Dmitri Alexeev proved a master of his craft.
by Gregory Sullivan Isaacs

Share this article on Facebook
Tweet this article
Share this article on Google+
Share this article via email
Click or Swipe to close
views on theater, dance, classical music, opera and comedy performances
news & notes
reports from the local performing arts scene
features & interviews
who and what are moving and shaking in the performing arts scene
season announcements
keep up with the arts groups' upcoming seasons
listen to interviews with people in the local performing arts scene
media reviews
reviews and stories on performing arts-related film, TV, recordings and books
arts organizations
learn more about the local producing and presenting arts groups
performance venues
learn more about the theaters and spaces where the arts happen
keep up with fabulous ticket giveaways and other promotions
connect to local arts crowdfunding campaigns
post or view auditions and performing arts-related classes, services, jobs and more
about us
info on TheaterJones, our staff, what we do and how to contact us
Click or Swipe to close
First Name:
Last Name:
Date of Birth:
ZIP Code:
Your Email Address:
Click or Swipe to close
Join TheaterJones Around the Web

Follow Us on Twitter

Subscribe to our Youtube Channel

Click or Swipe to close
Search the TheaterJones Archives
Use any or all of the options below to search through all of reviews, interviews, features and special sections. If you are looking for a an event, use the calendar section of this website. This search will not search through the calendar.
Article Title Search:

Description Search:
TheaterJones Contributor:

TheaterJones Section:

Showing on or after:      Showing on or before:  
Click or Swipe to close
We welcome your comments

I am discussing:  

Your Name:
Your Email Adress:

please enter the text below and then click or tap SUBMIT :