The Israel Philharmonic completed its visit to Irkutsk with a concert of Brahms piano concerto in B Flat and “Ein Heldenleben” by Richard Strauss.

Pianist Denis Matsuyev, local talent turned international star, was the soloist. Maestro Mehta and soloist Matsuyev could have opened a flwer shop with all the bouquets presented to them at the conclusion of the Brahms.

Siberia is enjoying the last days of summer and it was a glorious sunny day with blue skies. Tomorrow is a travel day; a seven hour flight to Finland, and preparations were underway all day to speedily pass through Russian customs and immigration with the orchestra’s valuable instruments.

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