Germany: «Onetz»   07.02.2018. (link)

MUSICAL CULTURE OF RUSSIA IN ALL ITS GLORY! BIG SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA AFTER P.I. TCHAIKOVSKY UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF VLADIMIR FEDOSEYEV. ALEXANDER MALOFEYEV (PIANO).

The young sixteen-year-old pianist Alexander Malofeyev admires the public with his incredible maturity of performer skill at the "Odeon Concerten" in Regensburg.

Aiming to escape the snow and lengthy cold Moscow nights at a cozy concert hall? "Odeon" spectators are “warmed up” really well for by the Big Moscow Symphonic Orchestra after P.I. Tchaikovsky, under the leadership of Vladimir Fedoseyev, giving a small additional concert.

Russian spiritual life.

The spectators are prepared for the performance of the pianist by the soft, yet energetic music of the overture to “Ruslan and Lyudmila” by Michael Glinka. Vladimir Fedoseyev appears on the stage (86 y.o.!), an “old school” conductor leading the orchestra since 1974. He prefers compact, earthly sound and orchestrates musical themes in the classical way, separating them from each other. His priorities are different from those of the symphonic orchestra of Bavarian Radio under the leadership of Mariss Yanson with his filigree modulation of musical pieces, absolute transparency and thin melody sound.

Attention: talent!

This is followed by the Concert for the piano and orchestra No.2 G-major, op.44 in unusual performance. This is the glory hour for the young pianist Alexander Malofeyev. Where does this skinny fair-haired 16-year-old draw the volcanic power for the initial chords? He is in great shape during the whole evening. With somewhat furious, indomitable determination, he makes the keys produce repetitions and octave transitions. In the last cadence of the first part he is incredibly good at communicating the demonic elements of the partiture. In the slow part, Alexander almost abandons the main theme compositionally, skillfully, with chamber-music quality performing a piano trio instead of the piano concert with the solo violin (which sounds like an alto) and resonant solo cello. In lyrical passages, Malofeyev finds an incredibly mature narrative sound, stripped of classical poetic quality. The ultimate task laid ahead of him now is to develop his musical potential, widen intellectual horizons and increase the depth of his personality, avoiding premature exhaustion of his talent! Thunderous applause, encore performance.

Peter K. Donhauser.