Each September brings the magic of national composer George Enescu to Bucharest, this time with the festival itself. Enescu’s spirit is celebrated through his works and the younger generations of performers he inspired, enlivening Bucharest with the beauty of his magnificent music.
Due to some unfortunate cyber-attack, the festival’s website isn’t available, so today’s program is as follows:
LONDON PHILHARMONIC PLAYERS from 17.00 at the Romanian Athenaeum.
Mendelssohn – Octet in E-flat major, Op. 20 (1825)
Enescu – Octet for Strings in C major (1900)
RUSSIAN NATIONAL ORCHESTRA and the Academic Radio Choir from 20.00 at Sala Palatului.
Enescu – Isis, symphonic poem (unfinished 1923, completed by Pascal Bentoiu)
Prokofiev – Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26 (1921)
Prokofiev – Symphony No. 6 in E-flat minor (Op. 111)
About Enescu’s Isis composition, Pascal Bentoiu, who completed the master’s work of art later on, said that “The Isis poem is a mysterious work, impregnated with Œdipe effluvia, as well as an unmistakable Tristanesque air, and – while it is no “music portrait” – it probably contains a tribute […] of the author to the person he loved most in this lifetime.”
The free of charge concerts from Piata George Enescu are held by 4 Stings Quartet (Rafael Butaru, Cristina Cojocaru, Mihaela Moscalu, Ioana Stanciuc) presenting Haydn and Puccini, from 19.30, while from 20.00, The Enescu project (Alexandra Bartoi, Yukiko Suzuki, Adam Markowski, Attila Aldemir, Sophia Reuter, Immo Schaar, Anna Niebuhr, Sussane Rassbach) will present one of Mendelssohn’s octets. Later on, Symphactory Orchestra, under the wand of Bogdan Posolache, will stage Boccherini, Vivaldi and Britten.