On Tuesday, April 24, the “Madrigal – Marin Constantin” National Chamber Choir conducted by Anna Ungureanu, will perform at British Museum in London, under the “Europe and the world” Festival. The event will take place inside the Great Court, at 15.00 LT; the access is free, within the limit of the available seats.
One day before the concert, the Madrigal Choir is invited in the BBC Radio 3 studio to hold a short live recital at the “In Tune” show presented by Sean Raffery and Katie Derham. The show takes place on April 23, from 16.00 to 19.00 and can be listened online on the BBC website, at www.bbc.co.uk/radio3.
“When we established the repertoire direction for this concert, I planned to join two totally different styles, equally enjoyable, which existed at the same time in two different cultural spaces. The result was the joining of two different periods and styles in terms of sonority, namely the Byzantine and the Renaissance styles. However, in the Renaissance part we find madrigals and motets specific to the European School and especially to the English School of that period. In the end, we have prepared a surprise that includes an actual composition which is representative for the choir’s national identity” stated the main conductor of the “Madrigal – Marin Constantin” National Chamber Choir, Anna Ungureanu.
The “Europe and the world” Festival, scheduled from April 16 to 29, 2018, is a cultural project organized by British Museum and Staatliche Kunstsammlungen and funded by the German Foreign Ministry. Being held at the British Museum for the first time, the event celebrates Europe’s cultural interactions with the world through a series of original and diverse music shows and conferences scheduled by the Artistic Manager Daniel Kühnel. The program of the “Europe and the world” Festival includes works of composers who led European music to new directions by connecting it with other cultures, including Richard Strauss, Berio, Stockhausen, Messiaen, Ligeti and Nono, as well as spectacles dedicated to the historical international traditions, such as Indian, flamenco or Japanese music, from the 17th century to the Byzantine choral music.
The “Madrigal – Marin Constantin” National Chamber Choir is an emblem of the Romanian and universal musical life. Since it was founded in 1963 by conductor Marin Constantin (1925-2011), the Madrigal Choir held more than 4,500 concerts applauded by melomaniacs from all around the world, thus imposing itself as a real “country brand”. It is the world standard of the chamber choir music, with a repertory oriented to the European Renaissance, Byzantine music and contemporary Romanian and universal creation. In November 2016, the “Madrigal – Marin Constantin” National Chamber Choir was officially recognized as the Ambassador of Freedom, Hope and Peace, receiving the „Jean Nussbaum and Eleanor Roosevelt” Award at the United Nations Palace in Geneva, at the Global Summit on Religion, Peace and security.
Photo: Mircea Ristea