The concert offered by the French National Orchestra, under Daniele Gatti’s baton, the last in the “Great World Orchestras” series, closed in style on Sunday evening the 20th, jubilee edition of the “George Enescu” International Festival. The ensemble conducted by Daniele Gatti featured as soloist a celebrated young musician – South Korean cellist Han-Na Chang, who delighted music-lovers with the solo part of the Concerted Symphony no. 8 in B minor by George Enescu. Also featured on the programme were the Tragic Overture by Johannes Brahms, the Images triptych by Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel’s Bolero. The artistic director of the Festival, maestro Ioan Holender, stated for the Romanian press in Vienna that this edition had been one of the best so far.
Held under the exalted patronage of the president Traian Basescu, the “George Enescu” International Festival was organized by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (MPCN), with the support of the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR), the Ministry of Regional Development and Tourism and Bucharest Mayor’s Office. The orchestras and artists participating in the event included: Wiener Philharmoniker/ Franz Welser Most, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra/ Zubin Mehta, Yefim Bronfman, Vadim Repin, Staatskapelle Berlin/ Daniel Barenboim, Orchestra dell’Accademia Santa Cecilia di Roma/ Antonio Pappano, Orchestre National de France/ Daniele Gatti, London Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Orchestra/ Valery Gergiev, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestram, Residentie Orkest The Hague Philharmonic/ Christian Badea, Hungarian National Philharmonic/ Zoltan Kocsis, Boris Berezovski, Gulbenkian Symphony Orchestra/ Lawrence Foster, Saint Martin in the Fields/ Murray Perahia, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Yundi, Isabelle Faust, Christian Zacharias, the Labeque sisters and Gidon Kremer.