ARTS & LEISURE

Piano four hands version of Enescu’s Romanian Rhapsody at Radio Hall

Go and see this special Radio Hall event feturing Valentin-Roxana Gheorghiu, one of the last concerts to close the 2012-2013 musical season.

A piano recital means is an elegant musical event: a piano four hands recital however doubles the artistic accomplishment and virtuosity of such performance, the more so as the two pianists are two great names of the Romanian musical landscape: husband and wife Valentin and Roxana Gheorghiu, who expect you at the Radio Hall, tomorrow, 7.00 pm, to attend one of the latest concerts before the end of this musical season.
The highlight of the evening will be the piano four hands version of George Enescu’s Romanian Rhapsody no 1 – a special transcription written by the composer himself. Two works by Franz Schubert – Rondo in D major and Fantasy in F minor, the latter being one of Schubert’s most renowned works written in the last year of his life and dedicated to one of his female pupils, will also be part of the program.
Valentin and Roxana Gheorghiu also invites you to a beautiful meeting with Camille Saint-Saens’s Variations on a Theme of   Beethoven; Claude Debussy’s Little Suite, and Maurice Ravel’s Ma mere L’oye Suite. If the rivalry between the two French composers is a known fact, the last two of them – Debussy and Ravel – have been included by musical critics among the musical impressionists, despite neither of the two claiming such musical affiliation. Ravel’s Ma mere L’oyeis original in its structure consisting of what its author called “five pieces for children”, based on such well-known fairytales such as The Sleeping Beauty, Tom Thumb, The Beauty and The Beast and others.
Valentin Gheorghiu made himself noticed as an exceptional pianist and composer who collaborated with major musicians alongside whom he performed in Austria, France, Germany, USA, Switzerland, Italy, the UK, Sweden, Hungary, Poland, Norway, Canada, Spain, Israel and Japan. He also dedicated himself to chamber music, making numerous recordings, most of which issued by record companies in Romania and abroad.
He has received many international piano awards and is a member of the “P. I. Tchaikovsky”, „”Van Cliburn”, “Fr. Chopin”, “A. Rubinstein”, “L. van Beethoven”, “R. Schumann”, “J. S. Bach” contest juries.
During his career, Valentin Gheorghiu got the 1st Honorable Mention at the  “George Enescu” Festival (1964), Romanian Academy Prize (1961), and was conferred the title of Doctor Honoris Causa by the  National University of Music Bucharest and the “George Enescu” University of Arts Iasi.
Roxana Gheorghiu, whose musical activity embraced both the concert and chamber music sides, was trained at the National University of Music Bucharest where she studied with pianist Gabriel Amiras and perfected her musical training at Weimar.
Roxana Gheorghiu has had several successful collaborations with art institutions in this country, alongside her husband, maestro Valentin Gheorghiu. Her discography includes a disc recorded with the orchestra conducted by maestro Vlad Conta.
Roxana Gheorghiu participated in music tours in Italy, Luxembourg, Hungary, Poland, Spain, Russia, Greece and others, has earned a PhD in Music and she is also a faculty member at the National University of Music Bucharest.

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