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The conductor Christian Badea makes a comeback at the helm of the National Radio Orchestra

In the last month of this season of the Radio Choirs and Orchestras, the famous conductor Christian Badea makes a comeback at the helm of the National Radio Orchestra, in two concerts to take place at the Radio Broadcasting Hall, on June 4 and 11, starting 19:00. The first concert to take place under the baton of Christian Badea – on Friday, June 4 – features soloists Alexandru Tomescu (violin) and Filip Papa (cello). They will play the Concerto in a minor for violin, cello and orchestra, op. 102, by J. Brahms. The programme also includes the piece Corals and music boxes, by Diana Rotaru, and the Symphony no. 6 in b minor ‘Pathetique’, op. 74 by P. I. Tchaikovsky. The second concert, scheduled for Friday, June 11, will feature the pianist Horia Mihail as soloist, to play the Concerto no. 2 in f minor for piano and orchestra, op. 21, by F. Chopin. The programme also includes the Symphony no. 2 by Diana Rotaru and the Symphony no. 3 for organ in c minor, op. 78, by C. Saint-Saëns. A first-rank name on the contemporary music scene, the conductor Christian Badea, a regular guest of famous institutions, such as the Metropolitan Opera in New York, studied violin at the Bucharest Conservatory, then, in 1970, won a scholarship in Brussels, where he studied conducting. He then attended lectures in Salzburg, where he studied with Herbert von Karajan, then went on to the prestigious Juilliard School in New York, where one of his main mentors was Leonard Bernstein.

He started his career in the United States, as the musical director of the Columbus Symphony. Since 1987, when he conducted for the first time at the Metropolitan Opera, he has given over 170 concerts, as a regular guest of the famous New York institution. His fame is also owing to being invited as conductor by the State Opera in Vienna, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Bayerishe Staatsoper Munich or the National Opera of Lyon. More than 80 operas by Mozart, Strauss, Wagner, Verdi, Puccini or Prokofiev were given a particular rendition under his baton. His work brought him a Grammy, in 1985, for the opera “Anthony and Cleopatra” by Samuel Barber.

Chopin and Wagner
at the Romanian Athenaeum

Works by Chopin and Wagner, played by the pianist Alon Goldstein and under the baton of conductor Horia Andreescu, are on this week’s programme of the Bucharest “George Enescu” Philharmonic (today and tomorrow, at 19:00, at the Romanian Athenaeum Hall). The programme includes the Concerto no. 2 in f minor for piano and orchestra by Chopin and excerpts from Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelungs.

Born in 1970, in Israel, Alon Goldstein started to study piano at 7. After graduating from the Thelma Yellin High Schol of the Arts, he went on to study at the Rubin Academy of Music within the Tel-Aviv University. In 1991 he was bestowed the François Shapira Award, and, the following year, the Goralnic Award. After a series of concerts accompanied by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, he was awarded a four-year grant to study with Leon Fleisher, at the Peabody Music Conservatory (Massachusetts, USA). He gave concerts and recitals that were highly acclaimed in Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Baltimore, Vancouver, London, Moscow, and at the Metropolitan Museum. He earned accolades for the series of concerts given within the Dame Myra Hess Memorial in Chicago. Born in Bucharest, on October 18, 1946, Horia Andreescu graduated from the Music Conservatory of Bucharest, then went on to study at the Vienna Music University, under the guidance of Hans Swarowsky and Karl Osterreicher and, in Trier and Munich, with Sergiu Celibidache. Currently the conductor of the National Radio Orchestra, he is also the founder and conductor of the “Bucharest Virtuosi” Chamber Orchestra.

Schumann recital
at the Mogosoaia Palace

In the last but one encounter before the summer holiday to take place in the Rugs’ Hall of the Mogosoaia Palace, exceptional musicians will delight us with a Schumann concert. The oboist Adrian Petrescu and the members of the Musica Viva ensemble will play, on Sunday, June 6, starting 17:00, works by the composer whose bicentenary is about to be celebrated – Robert Schumann. The recital is part of the second edition of the “Music at the Brancovenian Palaces” concert series. The violinist Mircea Vasilescu, the cellist Florin Mitrea and the clarinettist Andrei Theodoru are soloists of the National Radio Orchestra, while the pianist Andreea Butnaru specialized at the Berlin University of Arts, won over 20 national and international awards and gave concerts on several stages in Europe and Asia. Adrain Petrescu is soloist-oboist of the George Enescu Philharmonic, and, so far, has been invited to play on major concert scenes on three continents. Music-lovers will have a chance to listen, on Sunday, in the Rugs’ Hall, to a programme comprising Five pieces in popular tones for cello and piano op. 102, Fantasiestücke for clarinet and piano op. 73, Three romances for oboe and piano op. 94 and Trio with piano op. 63, all of which pertain to Robert Schumann. The last encounter before the summer holiday is dedicated to Frederic Chopin and is scheduled for Sunday, June 20, 2010 – 17:00. Admission is free.

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