George Enescu violin handed
as contest prize
One of Romanian music genius’ violins, a Paul Kaul piece will be returning to music soon, Laura Manolache, manager of George Enescu National Museum informs. “The piece and four other similar instruments in the museum were submitted to careful expertise. Now we are going to tag it as national heritage and ensure it, from here it will be entrusted to a musician, chosen by means of a contest. “
According to Manolache, a contest will be held as soon as possible, if possible before September 2011, when a new George Enescu Festival will kick off. The violin was made by famous French clay- artist Paul Kaul, especially for the Romanian musician in 1931 and it is larger than a normal violin, to fit the size of Enescu’s right hand. At the time it cost 2,000 francs, and its present day value is hard to estimate, given its memorial value. The George Enescu National Museum currently owns three other pieces donated by Maria Cantacuzino, Enescu’s wife: a second Paul Kaul, a Freres Silvestres piece and a Gaspar da Salo. This is not the first violin entrusted to a Romanian musician. Famous violinist Gabriel Croitoru was attributed another Enescu piece, a Guarnieri, dating as far as 1731.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
premieres at the Opera
The Ballet and Opera experimental workshop has staged for the National Opera a new take on Shakespeare’s well-known fairy-comedy in Mendelssohn Bartholdy’s music version. The performance will be held in the Opera’s yellow foyer on Sunday. Besides main cast featuring Cristina Osiceanu, Mugur Valsami, Madalina Stoica, Bogdan Plopeanu, a ballet group from Floria Capsali Art College will provide backing ensemble. The iconic character Puck will be played by an actor, young Iulian Glita. The show is mainly addressed to a younger, school children audience.
Romanian films shown in Stockholm
Swedish film distributor Novermberfilm together with Stockholm’s Romanian Cultural Institute organizes as of today a three day event dedicated to Romanian cinema. The event is already put together a fourth time and has lined up big names of modern cinema, such as Corneliu Porumboiu, Razvan Radulescu and Hanno Hoefer. Movie selection was made by critic Adina Bradeanu and will also include several films selected for national distribution in Sweden, “Police, Adjective” “Memories of the Golden Age”, “Katalin Varga or “Francesca.” The programme is complete with two classical cinema works, “Re-enactment” and “The Stone Wedding” as well as shorts made by aspiring Romanian directors Paul Negoescu or Vlad Trandafir.
Stere Gulea’s latest movie, screened in Budapest
“Weekend with my mother”, Romanian director Stere Gulea’s latest feature film will be shown today in Budapests’ Romanian Cultural Institute, in a Film Klub project series. This is a stylish, contemporary story about family, immigration and addiction, with all the ingredients of well-made drama. Yet it has the signature of recent Romanian filmmaking at its heart, meaning the plot is made of substantial, current material and the light at the end of the tunnel might be a train. Luiza (Medeea Marinescu) moved to Spain many years ago, leaving her young daughter Cristina in the care of her sister’s family. She only returns about a decade later, when her sister has a stroke. Cristina has grown up to be an angry young girl and has run away with her heroin-dealing boyfriend – she has no interest in her mother’s visit. Luiza has to blackmail her daughter in order to spend time with her, and just as the two find some long-lost connection, things unravel and Cristina’s drug riddled past catches up with her. The film marks Stere Gulea’s return to film directing, since he made State of Things in 1996. In the meantime he was busy with various projects, not the least managing Romanian state television from 1996 to 1998.
Palace Hall to host movie screenings
Capital’s foremost concert hall, where many big names of world music have performed to the delight of thousands of fans, the Palace Hall might be fitted as of this autumn for movie screenings. “I intend to make this work,” Lucian Iliescu, who has recently been appointed head of the Palace Hall’s performing art section. “There used to be such events held here and it would be a normal development to have it here as well.” The hall will also this year host a unique event, a two-day display of Football World Cup, on April 7 and 8 on the building’s first floor, accompanied by football documentary screenings. As for rehabilitation and sound system improvements, they will start in two years with the general aim of turning Palace Hall into a “true cultural mall.”
George Enescu violin handed