On March 29th, the concert of the Madrid Symphony Orchestra took place in the Conservatory Grand Hall within the framework of the International Rostropovich Festival

The oldest Spanish Symphony orchestra (founded in 1903), the Madrid Symphony Orchestra is a resident of the Madrid Royal theatre. The orchestra under the baton of Maestro Gustavo Gimeno, one of the most engaged conductors of the younger generation takes part in the festival for the first time.

In the first part of the evening Alborada or the Morning Serenade of the Jester by Ravel was performed, one of the best embodiments of the Spanish theme, followed by the Concert No. 1 for violin and the orchestra by Karol Szymanowski. The soloist was the young violinist Leticia Moreno. She plays the Nicolo Gagliano’s violin, manufactured in 1762. Because of the incredible technical complexity, depth of interpretation, the finest nuance Szymanowski’s concert is one of the most rarely performed pieces. The audience thanked the soloist with a standing ovation.

In the second part, the orchestra suite El amor brujo by Manuel de Falla was performed, distinguished by the rich colors, fine atmosphere, as well as an orchestra suite from the ballet Firebird by Stravinsky in the edition of 1945.

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