|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.
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
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
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
By Stephane de Bourgies