Now the Tchaikovsky and Chopin contests are over, the results can be assessed in cool comparison.
In Moscow, where judges fell out publicly over the result and President Putin acclaimed the competition as ‘the pride of Russia’, a reliable Russian was given the gold medal ahead of more exciting candidates.
In Warsaw, there was no nationalist fervour. A Korean and French-Canadian toughed it out for first place and several other finalists showed genuine individuality.
Time will tell which has yielded the greater talents but, on balance, we think Warsaw has won.