On 5th April Tchaikovsky Hall hosted the closing gala of the V Mstislav International Rostropovich Festival. It started with pianist Nicholas Angelich and the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski performing Brahms’s Concerto No. 2, and continued after the intermission with Bruckner’s Symphony No. 2

The LPO was the first British orchestra to come on tour in Russia, behind the ‘Iron Curtain’, back in 1956. Many musicians can recollect Mstislav Rostropovich, who used to perform with the LPO under Carlo Maria Giulini. Two years ago the orchestra already took part in the Rostropovich Festival, and Maestro Jurowski eagerly agreed on returning to Moscow. As for Nikolas Angelich, it was his debut in Moscow, and he left the audience thrilled by his manner of interpretation and top professional skills.

Looking back at the Festival, the music community unanimously acknowledged its highest level, calling it one of the season’s highlights. Following an established tradition, next Festival, sixth in a row, will open on Mstislav Rostropovich’s birthday – 27th March 2015, at the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire.

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