As the festival reminds us each time, Enescu’s spirit endures through his music and the younger generation of musicians he inspired. Yehudi Menuhin (a former student and friend) poignantly described Enescu as “the most extraordinary human being, the greatest musician and the most powerful influence ever exercised upon me.”
Although it will take more than magic to transform Romania beyond the month of September, the 21st George Enescu Festival will no doubt enhance our appreciation of Enescu’s music.
This year’s festival inauguration concert features two of the greatest musicians of our time – conductor Daniel Barenboim and Romanian pianist Radu Lupu, whose international career is at its peak. “Never could music come nearer to speech,” wrote journalist Joan Chissell in The Times about his London stage debut in 1969, where he performed Beethoven’s no. 3 Op. 10 piano sonatas. The program includes Enescu’s Romanian Rhapsody no. 2 and Beethoven’s Concerto no. 4 piano for piano and orchestra. Lupu will also perform a piano recital on Wednesday at the Athenaeum.
The festival will feature twenty-six Enescu compositions, including five unusual works (program details at http://festivalenescu.ro/calendar/events).
“LA VENEXIANA” Ensemble
Romanian Atheneum, 22.30, Saturday, September 7
Conductor : CLAUDIO CAVINA
“PRELUDIU” Chamber Choir of The National Art Centre “Tinerimea Română”
Conductor of the choir : VOICU ENĂCHESCU
Cl. Monteverdi – L’Orfeo SV318
La Musica / Euridice – ROBERTA MAMELI
Orfeo – FURIO ZANASI
Messaggera / Speranza – JOSÈ MARIA LO MONACO
Proserpina / Ninfa – MONICA PICCININI
Plutone – RAFFAELE COSTANTINI
Caronte – SALVO VITALE
Apollo / Pastore I – LUCA CERVONI
Pastore II / Spirito I – ALESSIO TOSI
Pastore III – RAFFAELE PE’
Pastore IV / Spirito II – MAURO BORGIONI
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