On 4th April, the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire hosted the Closing Concert of the VIII Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival

On 4th April, the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire hosted the Closing Concert of the VIII Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival, with French music performed by the Yokohama Sinfonietta, the Philharmonic Chorus of Tokyo, the State Academic Orchestra “Evgeny Svetlanov” and the Yurlov State Academic Choir

According to the idea of the Festival's Artistic Director Olga Rostropovich, the final concert brought together musical cultures of the three countries that took special place in both personal and artistic life of Mstislav Rostropovich: French music performed by Japanese and Russian ensembles. This brilliant synthesis of cultures symbolizes what the great Maestro celebrated and promoted through all his life, the boundless power of music that unites different nations and human hearts. The night started with a moment of silence to honour the victims of the Saint Petersburg tragedy.

The Yokohama Sinfonietta and the Philharmonic Chorus of Tokyo are widely known in Japan and abroad; they performed in Russia for the first time, and thus the Russian public has made one more artistic discovery, which has become a tradition at the Mstislav Rostropovich Festival. Before the intermission musicians performed Debussi's Petite Suite and Faure's Requiem under the baton of the Yokohama Sinfonietta Music Director Kazuki Yamada; the young conductor is referred to as the successor of the great Seiji Ozawa, who was a big friend of Mstislav Rostropovich and his «musical twin», as the Maestro himself liked to say. Solo parts were performed by baritone Rodion Pogossov and soprano Jenny Davier, with Motoko Murozumi at the organ. The first part ended with a breath-taking encore by the Philharmonic Chorus of Tokyo: the singers performed a capella an exquisite miniature Chiisana Sora (The Small Skies) by Toru Takemitsu. After the intermission, the audience witnessed a majestic alliance of Japanese ensembles with the Russian ones, the Svetlanov Orchestra and the Yurlov Choir, to perform two Suites by Ravel from Daphnis and Chloe; the four ensembles gave a powerful and expressive performance, so that it was hard to believe that they first met just the day before at the rehearsal. The audience was very enthusiastic as they burst into applause, for a long while keeping the musicians on stage; and to reward the public musicians performed the famous Ravel's Bolero as encore, where Maestro Yamada gave his place to the Svetlanov's Orchestra percussionist Vladimir Terekhov for the acclaimed drum solo.

This was the grand and unforgettable finale of the night and thus the VIII Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival, this year dedicated to the 90th birthday anniversary of the Maestro, ended on the highest note. The anniversary celebrations will continue in the Maestro's hometown: on the 23rd April, the IX Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival will open in Baku, Azerbajan.

Tonight the Closing Concert will be broadcast by the Orpheus Radio at 8pm.

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