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45)   Vakhtang Matchavariani presented himself at the symphony concert as a consummate master of music. A powerful creative potential was obvious. Matchavariani demonstrated the same masterful performance while conducting Aida. Most noteworthy is the wholesomeness of his performance of the piece, the conductor’s deep confidence and willpower, knowledge of the musical text, his internal liberty, comprehended independence and consistency, subtlety for detail and a great musical culture. KOMUNISTI. JULY 31, 1980. YUNONA APAKIDZE

46)   It was the program comprising pieces by composers Wagner, Alexander Matchavariani and Tchaikovski. The soiree was a clear corroboration of the fact that in person of Vakhtang Matchavariani we have a professionally mature, talented and promising musician. His musical culture, artistic temperament and a plastic, expressive gesture make us believe that there is a great and complicated path in store for him to walk. We believe this path will lead the young conductor to the new peaks of fame.
TBILISI. JANUARY 11, 1980. GULBAAT TORADZE

47)   Those who were fortunate enough to have seen Vakhtang Matchavariani’s rehearsals with the Kutaisi Symphony Orchestra would not be surprised at the final result of those rehearsals. We feel compelled to note his purposeful and consistent work, which was performed flawlessly at those rehearsals. The young conductor has not missed a single detail. This is why Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony has sounded with such a vividness of elevated emotional charge, with tremendous inner integrity and truth, continuous pulse, upward dynamism, compactly balancing out the sounds of grandiose festivity, with distinctly expressed dramatic and tragic images, skillfully interconnecting them. This is not at all an accidental recognition of the young conductor, and today’s concert is a clear proof of this. The Kutaisi residents were indelibly impressed by the concert, and the orchestra has gained a lot… beauty and grace… and all this, thanks to Vakhtang Matchavariani’s artistic talent.
KUTAISI. JANUARY 11, 1981. ENI ARSENIDZE

48)   Vakhtang Matchavariani at the conductor’s stand of the Georgian State Symphony Orchestra… He captured the audience with his outstanding talent and fine technique having comprehended the individuality of the composers perfectly well. Matchavariani deeply reached into the artistic contents of the pieces presented, vividly expressing the originality of each composer’s symphonic thinking, their uniqueness and artistic merit. Having performed the Fifth Symphony, the conductor made us feel the power Beethoven’s music, its philosophical concept, psychological depth and dramatic value. The concert made it clear that in person of V. Matchavariani, the national school of conducting arts has acquired a new promising force, a talented interpreter of various epochs and styles.
KOMUNISTI. JANUARY 13, 1980. ETER LONDRADZE

49)   It is not the first time for the young Georgian conductor Vakhtang Matchavariani to appear in the Grand Hall of the Leningrad Philharmonic. Performed by the Leningrad Academic Symphony Orchestra and conducted by V. Matchavariani, first time in the Soviet Union, sounded Wagner’s Number One Symphony in C Major as well as the introduction and the scene of Iseult’s death from “Tristan & Isolde”. Both pieces were performed in a lofty manner, firmly and with exaltation. The Orchestra demonstrated great attention towards the conductor and reacted promptly to his ways of musical interpretation.
VECHERNI TBILISI. JANUARY 1, 1986. M. BIALIK.

50)   Famous Georgian Conductor Vakhtang Matchavariani on the magic sounds of Verdi and Rossini: “Today, as previously, I could say that all the credit for the great success in impressive interpretation of Verdi’s Requiem goes to the choir, soloists and orchestra, brought together by the will, talent and maturity of Vakhtang Matchavariani.
VECHERNI TBILISI. OCTOBER 22-24. N. Dimitriadi.

51)   The orchestra and Vakhtang Matchavariani were beyond any expectation in terms of the original interpretation of very complicated pieces (Verdi’s “Otello” and “Rigoletto”), which was elevated into the rank of genuine art thanks to the fresh manner of reading of the music.
REZONANSI. MAY 5, 1998. LELA OCHIAURI

52)   The acme of the success of the concert was the performance of Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony. Vakhtang Matchavariani demonstrated high culture of conducting the music. He offered the listener his own unique and well comprehended interpretation of the piece, having built the dramatic art of the symphonic cycle in a very interesting way. The orchestra performed Shostakovich’s psychological drama with an artistic endeavor, which should be taken as Maestro Matchavariani’s creative achievement. The concluding accord of the symphony was followed by the listeners’ excited ovation.
REZONANSI. SEPTEMBER 25, 1997. LYA TSKHADADZE

53)   Many, many thanks to conductor Vakhtang Matchavariani for such an interesting program. The conductor has tackled both problems successfully, for which he deserves the highest grade. Shostakovich’s Sixth Symphony poses a difficult task… Bela Bartok’s opera “Bluebeard’s Castle” was performed (a concert version) in Georgia for the first time. Orchestra has a leading part in this opera, conditioned by the continuity of the dynamic musical process. The orchestra coped with those difficulties perfectly well. Each and every group in it gave a quality, rich and well-orchestrated sounding. Obviously, Vakhtang Matchavariani was the organizer and the coordinator of all this.
SAKARTVELOS RESPUBLIKA. DECEMBER 26-27, 1999. GULBAAT TORADZE

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