The IVth International Mstislav Rostropovich Festival will take place in Moscow from 27 March to 2 April 2013. The Festival was established three years ago by the Moscow City Government and the M.L. Rostropovich Foundation of Cultural and Humanitarian programmes under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.
Over this period of time, the Festival has become an integral part of Russian cultural life. Its title specifically avoids the words “in Memory of” or “In the Name of” Rostropovich, a fact that carries great symbolic significance. As the festival’s Artistic Director, Olga Rostropovich has emphasised, Maestro Rostropovich always remains with us in spirit, with his many admirers, family, friends, colleagues and former pupils. During the Festival, one could say that Mstislav Rostropovich’s presence can be tangibly sensed in the hall. This is why, in Olga Rostropovich’s words, “the single most important aspect of the artistic concept behind the festival lies in programming works of the highest quality in the best interpretations.”
The 2013 Mstislav Rostropovich Festival is dedicated to the great Russian singer Galina Vishnevskaya, People’s Artist of the USSR and Full Cavalier of the Order for Merit to the Fatherland. During half a century of musical partnership, the two great musicians, Vishnevskaya and Rostropovich set an unprecedented standard of committed service to each other, to Art and to People.
The opening date of the International Mstislav Rostropovich Festival is permanently fixed as 27th March, Maestro’s birthday. It will be marked by a performance at the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire of Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem, a work which occupied a seminal place in Galina Vishnevskaya’s repertoire and which she recorded twice, first under Igor Markevich’s direction in 1958, and then under Alexander Melik-Pehsaev in 1960. Participating in the opening concert are the outstanding Italian singers Barbara Frittoli (soprano) , Veronica Simeoni (mezzo) Achilles Maccado (tenor), Riccardo Zanellato (bass) and the choir and orchestra of the Teatro Comunale of Bologna under the direction of Michele Mariotti.
Further events in the Festival include performances by the Danish National Symphony Orchestra under Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Maris Yansons, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (London) under Charles Dutoit, the English Chamber Orchestra under Paul Watkins. They will be joined by such world-renowned soloists as the guitarist Pepe Romero (Spain), the pianist Stephen Hough (UK) and the cellist Arto Noras (Finland). Maintaining its established tradition, the Festival will not limit performances to Moscow , but they will also take place in St Petersburg (on March 31st), and in Orienburg (24th — 27th April).
On the programme booklet cover we can see the photgraph of a happy couple, their faces shining with love. Love for each other, for Life, for Art. My parents were blessed with astounding optimism, energy, and talent , which was evident in absolutely everything they did. Mother and Father were always united, even when they were in different corners of the globe... This togetherness was a sign of divine approbation, the pledge of their happiness and success. [Read more]
Dear Friends, today, at the opening of the IVth International Mstsilav Rostropovich Festival we wish to recall the names of two great musicians, the pride of Russian and world culture. Galina Vishnevskaya and Mstislav Rostropovich were our contemporaries, beloved by millions of people, and honoured with the most prestigious awards and important titles. [Read more]
Dear Friends, my heartfelt greetings to you all on the occasion of the IVth International Mstislav Rostropovich Festival.
For all those who recall Rostropovich’s unique performances, who were captivated by the incredible force of his personality, by his limitless talent and charm, the Festival is an event of enormous significance. [Read more]