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March 5, 2021

“Vintage Violins” at Radio Hall

The four exceptional violins can be heard at the Radio Hall.

The sounds of four sensational violins:  Stradivarius, Guarneri, Gagliano and Testore will resonate at the 2nd “Vintage Violins” Festival at Bucharest’s Radio Hall next week.

The event including three recitals and two concerts will have vintage violins and their performers as its stars.Several Romanian-born violinists, Liviu Prunaru, Gabriel Croitoru, George Cosmin Banica – concertmaster  of the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich, on the Testore violin, and Bogdan Zvoristeanu – concertmaster of the Suisse Romande Orchestra, Geneva, on a Gagliano, will have the privilege to play on exquisite instruments at the festival.On April 8, 7.00 pm, music lovers will meet for the first time violinist Bogdan Zvoristeanu and his Gagliano violin (1761), which used to belong to the collection of late Austrian violinist and composer Fritz Kreisler. Italian guitar player Alessio Nebiolo will join Zvoristeanu on stage to perform works by Bach, Paganini, Bartok, Sarasate and Piazzolla.Tuesday, also from 7.00 pm, the audience will again be given the opportunity to listen to violinist Gabriel Croitoru play a Guarneri del Gesu  violin(1731) – also known as “The Cathedral”, an instrument much valued by  George Enescu, who was among those who played on it.

Accompanied by pianist Valentin Gheorghiu, another legendary Romanian classical musician – Gabriel Croitoru will play three Beethoven sonatas: “Sonata no 1 in D major for piano and violin”, “Sonata no 5 in F major for piano and violin – Spring Sonata “ and “Sonata no 9 for piano and violin – the Kreutzer Sonata “.The Stradivarius violin will make its sound heard on Wednesday, April 10, in the hands of violinist Liviu Prunaru, concertmaster of the prestigious Concertgebouw Amsterdam Orchestra, rated as one of the world’s best.  Liviu Prunaru and the Radio Chamber Orchestra, conductor Jozsef Horvath, propose a program including “Warlock’s – Capriol Suite for string orchestra”, “Haydn – Concert no.1 in C major for violin and orchestra” and “Symphony no 104 in D major – London”; “Mendelssohn – “The Beautiful Melusine” Overture.Thursday, April 11, is George Cosmin Banica’s turn to enchant the audience with the beautiful sounds of yet another jewel-violin: Testore, made in 1710 by the eponymous Italian lutist. He will perform a recital alongside pianist Razvan Dragnea, including Enescu’s “Sonata in F minor for piano and violin”, Stravinsky – “Divertimento”, Tchaikovsky – “Melody”, Dvorak – “The song my mother taught me – and Saint-Saens – “Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso in A minor”.This musical celebration will wrap up Friday, April 12, with Gabriel Croitoru and his Guarneri del Gesu violin, alongside the National Radio Orchestra conducted by Tiberiu Soare. The evening repertoire will consist of two symphonic masterpieces: Tchaikovsky’s – “Concert in D major for Violin and Orchestra” and Prokofiev – “Symphony no 5 in b-flat major”.Tickets are available for sale at www.bilete.ro, Romanian Post offices and the Radio Hall ticket booth.

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