IV International Mstislav Rostropovich Festival closing

IV International Mstislav Rostropovich Festival was concluded by the English Chamber Orchestra concert at the House of Unions Column Hall on April 2nd. The concert was dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Benjamin Britten – great XX century composer and a close friend to both: Mstislav Rostropovich and Galina Vishnevskaya.
The history of this chamber orchestra, which is one of the best in the world, is bound with many great personalities, including Britten. The cooperation with him has become one of the brightest periods of ECO’s work – for many times Britten had conducted the orchestra and entrusted it to give premieres of his works.

According to the Festival's artistic director — Olga Rostropovich — the concert program included works by Mozart — Overture to the ‘Don Giovanni’ opera and Symphony No. 41- the ‘Jupiter Symphony’ — because Mozart was the favorite Britten’s composer. Of course, music by Britten himself was performed too: Finnish cellist Arto Noras has superbly performed Symphony for Cello and Orchestra op.68, dedicated to Mstislav Rostropovich.

«I was familiar with Mstislav Rostropovich,» — says the artistic director and chief conductor of the English Chamber Orchestra — Paul Watkins. — «He even gave a master class in London on my cello! Rostropovich was a superman among musicians, that’s why so much cello music of the XX century is dedicated to him.»

Thus, IV International Mstislav Rostropovich Festival held in Moscow and St. Petersburg on March 27 — April 2 is over. From April 24 to 27, the Festival concerts will be held in Orenburg.

Concert by London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Charles Dutoit

On April 1st one of the world's most celebrated ensembles — London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Charles Dutoit performed at the House of Unions Column Hall in the IV International Mstislav Rostropovich Festival framework. The program brought together the works by French and Italian composers: Ravel’s cycle ‘My Mother Goose’, symphonic poem ‘Fountains of Rome’ by Respighi, three symphonic etudes ‘The Sea’ by Debussy. The concert’s soloist was the famous pianist Stephen Hough (UK), who performed Concerto No. 5 by Saint-Saens with great excellence.

‘I met Mstislav Rostropovich in Lisbon, about 50 years ago!’ – has told Charles Dutoit in an interview after the concert. ‘Many times we performed together. He was a genius; I have lots of wonderful memories with Slava.’

The Festival closing ceremony will be held on April 2nd at the House of Unions Column Hall.

The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Mariss Jansons performed at the Great Hall of the St. Petersburg Shostakovich Philharmonic

The International Mstislav Rostropovich Festival has moved from Moscow to the northern capital for one day – on March 31 the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Mariss Jansons performed at the Great Hall of the St. Petersburg Shostakovich Philharmonic. The concert program included Beethoven's Symphony No.5 and Symphonie Fantastique by Berlioz.
It was St. Petersburg, where Mariss Jansons had started his conductor’s career under the supervision of great conductor — Evgeny Mravinsky. According to Maestro, he considers himself to be a Petersburger and always performs here with a special excitement.

The International Mstislav Rostropovich Festival has moved from Moscow to the northern capital for one day – on March 31 the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Mariss Jansons performed at the Great Hall of the St. Petersburg Shostakovich Philharmonic. The concert program included Beethoven's Symphony No.5 and Symphonie Fantastique by Berlioz.
It was St. Petersburg, where Mariss Jansons had started his conductor’s career under the supervision of great conductor — Evgeny Mravinsky. According to Maestro, he considers himself to be a Petersburger and always performs here with a special excitement.

The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra performed at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory

On March 29 and 30 the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra performed with triumph at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. The audience gave a genuine ovation to one of the world best orchestras under the baton of its chief conductor Mariss Jansons, which has demonstrated the highest level of performance. Read more...

The Danish National Symphony Orchestra performed under Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos at the House of Unions Column Hall

On March 28 the Danish National Symphony Orchestra performed under Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos at the House of Unions Column Hall in the IV International Mstislav Rostropovich Festival framework. The program of the concert featured Joaquin Rodrigo's 'Concierto de Aranjuez', soloist — Pepe Romero (Spain), the music for the ballet 'Love the Magician' by Manuel de Falla and Symphony No. 1 by Johannes Brahms. The audience has enthusiastically welcomed the musicians who had offered such such vivid program, not quite expected from the Scandinavian ensemble. Read more...

The festive opening of the IV International Mstislav Rostropovich Festival

The festive opening of the IV International Mstislav Rostropovich Festival took place on March 27 at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory.

In her opening speech, Deputy Chairman of the Russian Federation Government Olga Golodets stressed the importance of the Festival for national culture, comparing its participants and program to «musical diamonds.» «Those who are committed to music, who respect all that Galina Vishnevskaya and Mstislav Rostropovich have done — are here today in this hall. This is a tribute to Galina Pavlovna, to the memory of her, which is worthy of these great people»- said Mrs. Golodets, thanking Olga Rostropovich for the great job.

In turn the Artistic Director of the Festival thanked the Moscow Government and the Ministry of Culture for the tremendous support. «In a short time, our Festival has found a wonderful „family“, — said Olga Rostropovich. — I look at the hall and see the warm looks of friends... Today for the first time we will not see Galina Vishnevskaya among us. But she is here, and somewhere here, in these sacred walls, mom and dad are holding hands together and will listen to Verdi's Requiem. Today the music will speak of them».

The soloists who performed Requiem were: Tatiana Serjan, Veronica Simeoni, Aquiles Machado, Ricardo Zanellato, accompanied by the Choir and Orchestra of Teatro Comunale in Bologna under Michele Mariotti. Live stream of the festive Opening Ceremony was broadcasted on Radio Orpheus and via Internet at ParaClassics classical music portal.

IV Mstislav Rostropovich Festival Grand Opening Live Webcast and Live Radio Broadcast

March 27, 2013 at 7PM Moscow [GMT+4] | 3PM London [GMT]

Festival’s media partner ParaClassics invites to watch live webcast of the Grand Opening of the IV International Mstislav Rostropovich Festival at the Grand Hall of Moscow Conservatory.

Live internet webcast will give a unique experience to enjoy the performances of the best artists and musicians worldwide.

Mstislav Rostropovich Festival and ParaClassics started fruitful collaboration in 2012. The previous webcasts featured grand opening and closing concerts of the III International Rostropovich Festival: Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District performed by Russian Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Dmitry Jurowski and concert of the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under the baton of Antonio Pappano.

All archived webcasts are available for free at ParaClassics.com.

The Gala Opening of the IV Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival will be broadcast live by Radio Orpheus (99.2 FM).

Due to Barbara Frittoli’s illness, the soprano’s part in Verdi’s «Requiem» on March 27 will be performed by Tatiana Serjan


A Requiem Service for Mstislav Rostropovich will be held on March 27 at 3 p.m. at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour (at the Church of Transfiguration)


On February 28, 2013 the press conference held by Olga Rostropovich, the Artistic Director of the Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Centre, took place at the ITAR-TASS press centre covering the forthcoming IV International Mstislav Rostropovich Festival.

This year the Festival is dedicated to the great Russian singer, legendary Galina Vishnevskaya and will last from March 27th till April 2nd.

Olga Rostropovich has spoke to media representatives on the program, Festival participants, and coming concerts in much detail. The concerts will take place not only at the Conservatory Great Hall and The House of Unions Column Hall, but also in St.Petersburg and Orenburg – cities, which are closely bound with Galina Vishnevskaya and Mstislav Rostropovich family life-story.

To conclude the press conference Olga Rostropovich thanked the Moscow Government, Moscow Department for Culture, Russian Ministry of Culture, which support the International Mstislav Rostropovich Festival.

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