Bucharest roundup

Beethoven in Athenaeum recital

The conductor Horia Andreescu, at the helm of the Bucharest “George Enescu” Philharmonic Orchestra, offers a full Beethoven programme, today and tomorrow, at 19:00, in the Romanian Athenaeum Hall. After the Egmont Overture, we will listen to Concerto no. 1 in C major for piano and orchestra, interpreted by Daniel Goiti. The programme will close with Symphony no. 5 in c minor. Born in 1946, in Brasov, Horia Andreescu graduated from the Bucharest Music University, in the class of the professor Constantin Bugeanu. He attended post-graduate conducting classes at the Vienna Academy (with Hans Swarowski and Karl Österreicher, 1974-1975) and specialised under Sergiu Celibidache’s guidance (courses of conducting technique during 1978-1980, in Trier and Munich). After completing a stage at the “Paul Constantinescu” Philharmonic in Ploiesti (1974-1987), during which he accumulated a vast repertoire, making a name for himself as a wide-range conductor on a national level, he became, in 1987, conductor at the “George Enescu” Philharmonic, then director and director of the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Musical Ensemble (1992-1999). In 1989 he founded the “Bucharest Virtuosi” Chamber Orchestra; during 1987 and 1991 he taught conducting at the Bucharest Music University. A conductor permanently invited by various German orchestras, Horia Andreescu gave concerts in over 20 European countries. He presented numerous pieces of Romanian and world music in premiere. His repertoire, besides the vast symphonic and concert literature, includes lyrical works by German, Italian and French composers. Horia Andreescu is an active presence in the major international festivals.

Well-known politicians featured in “Kapitalism – Our Secret Recipe”

The documentary “Kapitalism – Our Secret Recipe”, directed by Alexandru Solomon, had a gala premiere, on Wednesday evening, at the Studio Cinema in the capital, before starting to run, on April 23, in cinemas in Bucharest, Cluj and Constanta. The documentary depicts the journey from communism to an original market economy and reveals the everyday life of the richest and most influential people in Romania. The director accompanied Romanian magnates in different environments, at home, at business reunions, granting them the opportunity to give interviews in which they tell “what led them in their fight”. The characters in the integral version of the movie include Dan Voiculescu, George Copos, Dinu Patriciu, George Padure and Gigi Becali, each of whom explains their recipe for success. A first version of the documentary made by Alexandru Solomon, shorter and with fewer characters, was broadcast by the French-German television channel Arte, on December 1, 2009.

Heritage multimedia on display

The multimedia exhibition “On Roman roads in Tara Motilor”, which includes photographs and video installations made within the program “The Monument- and Site-Restoration Summer University” (UdV), running in 2009, was opened, on Tuesday evening, at the Romanian Peasant’s Museum (MTR) in the Capital. The French Ambassador to Bucharest, Henri Paul, the president of the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR), Horia-Roman Patapievici, the president and vice-president of the RPER (Rencontres du Patrimoine Europe – Roumanie) – France, Stefan Bianu and, respectively, Flaviu Barbacaru, and the vice-president of RPER – Romania, Horia Ciugudean were present at the opening. Along with the multimedia exhibition, RPER organizes, in collaboration with ICR and the French Embassy to Romania, a series of roundtables, to take place between April 20 and April 30, at MTR, under the heading “Heritage Workshops”. The first workshop is titled “Archaeological vestiges in the Apuseni Mountains and their valorisation by cultural tourism” and will take place on Wednesday, while the second, scheduled for Friday, will address “Specific vernacular architecture and restoration techniques”. “Means of saving and preserving heritage, in the interest of saving the ‘spirit of the place’” and “Technological and cultural museum science” are other two workshops on heritage hosted by MTR, to take place on Monday, April 26, and Tuesday, April 27.

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