On 3rd April the Tchaikovsky Hall of Moscow hosted the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (SWR) under maestro Stéphane Denève, performing Lemminkäinen Suite and Violin Concerto in D minor by Sibelius with violinist Nikolaj Znaider, and Bruckner’s Fourth Symphony

It was the first ever concert by both the SWR and maestro Denève in Moscow in all the 70 years of the orchestra’s history. From the very first bars the orchestra took the audience’s breath away with its renowned ‘Stuttgart Sound’, initiated by the greatest conductor Sergiu Celibidache, Artistic Director of the SWR in the 1970s. Nikolaj Znaider, one of the most acclaimed violinists of our age, has been also widely known as a conductor, which definitely added to his unique style of interpretation. The public was reluctant to let him leave the stage and so was rewarded with two encores – Sarabandas from Bach’s Partitas.
The Fourth Bruckner’s Symphony in the second part of the concert was highly praised by the music lovers, as the orchestra testified to the fact that it holds sacred Bruckner’s symphonic traditions, boasting also great rapports within the orchestra as well as an outstanding quality of interpretation. “I am really fond of this orchestra. I enjoy working with them, as they are really friendly and open to experiments. I also love their sound. They are Germans, which means a deep quality of sound, but at the same time they are from the south Germany, which gives a softer, lyric touch to their sound”, – maestro Denève said, adding that it is a great pleasure being part of the Rostropovich Festival.

On 4th April the V Mstislav Rostropovich Festival continues with The London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski performing Britten’s War Requiem at Tchaikovsky Hall.

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