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A duel of violins – Stradivarius vs. Guarnieri

Romanian music-lovers are called upon to act as referees in an original duel: “The duel of violins”. The National Tour which will bring to concert halls two great Romanian violinists, Liviu Prunaru and Gabriel Croitoru, on two of the world’s finest violins, will take place between September 26 and October 6, in six cities in Romania. The dare was launched by the pianist Horia Mihail, who will accompany them in all concerts.

At the beginning of every performance, the violinists will present before the public the two works of art – the Stradivarius and Guarneri violins. Then Gabriel Croitoru will delight the public, on George Enescu’s “Catedrala” Guarneri del Gesu violin, on loan from the “George Enescu” Museum, with works by H. Provost, Sarasate and Kreisler. He will be followed by Liviu Prunaru on the “Pachoud” Stradivarius violin – a special instrument, a true masterpiece -, playing famous pieces by Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Kreisler, Jules Massenet and Bazzini. In the second half of the evening, the three artists – Liviu Prunaru, Gabriel Croitoru and Horia Mihail – will all be present on stage, offering spectators a chance to enjoy the spectacular interweaving of the two violins accompanied by a piano in the Grand duo for two violins, op. 57, by Ch. de Beriot, Duo in D major, by Sphor, and Five pieces for two violins and a piano, by Shostakovich.

The tour will stop on September 26 in Targu Mures, at the Palace of Culture, on September 28, at Brasov’s Military Circle, on September 30, at Bucharest’s Radio Hall. On October 3, the artists will make a stop at the Students’ Culture House in Cluj Napoca (part of the “Toamna Muzicala Clujeana” festival), on October 4, in Timisoara, at the Capitol Hall, and on October 6, at Craiova’s Philharmonic Hall.

Tickets are on sale at the concert halls’ box-offices and may also be purchased from www.eventim.ro and Humanitas bookshops, for the concerts in Bucharest and Timisoara.

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