On 31th March the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire saw the second concert by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France as part of the V Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival

First part of the concert featured overture from Der Freischütz by von Weber and Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major by Haydn. Although Norwegian cellist Truls Mørk got a shoulder injury short before the concert, he refused to cancel his appearance at the Rostropovich Festival, for he considers himself Maestro’s ‘musical grandchild’: Mørk studied under Natalia Shakhovskaya and Frans Helmerson, alumni of Rostropovich. In his interview to the Orpheus Radio he claimed that, “soon after I started my cello lessons, I moved to the very nord of Norway where concerts were rare, but likely I had few recordings by Maestro Rostropovich, and they inspired me tremendously... I met maestro just twice in my life… he has been so important in my musical development, and also brought me to the Russian type of sound, I would say – maybe it’s my personal impression, but there was something particular in the way how he brought out particular beauty and power in the sound.”
The second part of the concert saw the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under Myung-Whun Chung perform Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony. The public burst into particularly long applause thrilled by the flawless artistry and a powerful energy of maestro and his orchestra.
The Festival will see its following concert on 3rd April with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra under Stéphane Denève at the Tchaikovsky Hall, joined by the violinist Nikolaj Znaider.

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