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The opening of the Rostropovich Festival and the memorial plaque in Gazetny Lane


01/04/2017


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MOSCOW. In the capital events are held in honor of the 90th anniversary of Mstislav Rostropovich.

The celebration of the 90th anniversary of Mstislav Rostropovich is one of the main events of the last week of March. March 27 in the capital since the morning there were events dedicated to the birthday of an outstanding musician. The opening of the memorial plaque on the house in Gazetny Lane, in which Rostropovich and Vishnevskaya lived for many years, was awaited for a long time. Three years earlier, a memorable sign of the sculptor Igamberdiev’s work was opened in St. Petersburg at No. 16 on Kutuzovskaya embankment, which became the first refuge of the famous couple after returning from emigration.

The author of the memorial plaque, which appeared on the famous house of «one hundred grand pianos», is the master of sculptural portraits and monumental compositions Alexander Rukavishnikov, the successor of the well-known creative dynasty. The maestro would certainly appreciate the unbanality of the composition, the lack of pathos, good humor and precisely transferred characters. Impressed in stone is the moment of life of two loving people. The opening of the Shostakovich Festival overture, the speeches of the daughters of Rostropovich and Vishnevskaya - Elena and Olga, the artistic director of Helikon-Opera, Dmitry Bertman and other guests of the ceremony created both an upbeat and warm atmosphere. Rukavishnikov also became the author of the bust of the jubilee, donated to the Tchaikovsky Conservatory.

In the evening of the same day the VIII International Festival named after Mstislav Rostropovich began, which will end on April 4. Performed by the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic under the guidance of Yuri Temirkanov, Ravel’s works and Symphony No. 2 by J. Sibelius were performed. In Moscow and the Northern Capital concerts are held with the participation of domestic and foreign stars. Among them, the Washington National Symphony Orchestra, with which the outstanding cellist and conductor collaborated for 17 years, the Grammy Award winner, violinist Maxim Vengerov, the Yurlov choral chapel, the Yevgeny Svetlanov Orchestra. The audience is expected to meet with well-known Japanese bands - the Philharmonic Choir of Tokyo and the Yokohama Sinfonietta Orchestra conducted by Kazuki Yamada.


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