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Extraordinary recitals at “George Enescu” festival

TVR will air, live or recorded, all the concerts that will be held at the Romanian Athenaeum and the Sala Palatului (Palace Hall) in Bucharest as part of the 21st edition of the prestigious event.

The international festival “George Enescu”, which will take place between September 1 and 28, will bring back to Bucharest the renowned conductor Mariss Jansons together with one of the most famous orchestras in the world: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. The event will take place on September 21, at 7:30 p.m., at the Sala Palatului within the series “Great Orchestras of the Wolrd”. The program includes the wonderful Concert no 3, for piano and orchestra in C minor op. 37 by Ludwig van Beethoven, conducted by Mariss Jansons and having as a soloist Emanuel Ax – Grammy Award winner and considered one of the most famous contemporary pianists, a teacher at the prestigious Julliard School.
The same evening, at 10:30 p.m., the Romanian Athenaeum will host one of the most famous orchestras in the U.K. and worldwide, Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields, who will play for the public the works of F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy. Sir Neville Marriner will be the conductor. He is one of the conductors with the greatest number of awards in the world, winner of multiple Grammy Awards.
A free admission concert is scheduled for the morning of September 21, as part of the series “21st Century Music – Enescu and His Contemporaries”. On this occasion, the duo Albrecht Breuninger (violin) and Thomas Duis (piano) will play, in a concert at 11 a.m.,  works of Debussy, Ravel and Enescu at the Small Hall of the Palace. The same day, at 5 p.m., the Romanian Athenaeum will host the extraordinary recital of the pianist Jean-Claude Pennetier.
Also, on September 21, in Sibiu, the famous musician Jordi Savall, called “the king of the oldies” will perform alongside the well-known ensemble Hesperion XXI – La Capella Reial de Catalunya the extraordinary concert “La Dinastia Borgia”, which tells the story of the legendary Borgia family.
On September 22, Lisa Batiashvili, one of the most “hunted” violinists of the time, will have a concert at the “George Enescu” Festival together with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Batiashvili will play Concerto no 1 for violin and orchestra in D Major, op. 19, by Sergei Prokofiev. Lisa Batiashvili and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s concert in Bucharest is already sold out. The same day, at 5 p.m., at the Sala Palatului there will be another great event of this edition of the Festival: “Twilight of the Gods”, the last part of the “Ring of the Nibelung”, by Richard Wagner will be played in a concert, by the famous Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, conducted by one of the greatest conductors alive: Marek Janowski. The German Orchestra will be joined by the “George Enescu” Philharmonic Choir, directed by Ion Iosif Pruner.
During the Festival, the legendary pianist Evgeny Kissin will have two recitals, on September 23 and 26, at the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest. The program will include the beautiful Sonata no 17 in D Major D850 op. 53, by Franz Schubert.
On September 23, from 7:30 p.m. another extraordinary concert will begin at the Sala Palatului. The famous Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra will perform, conducted by the famous Sakari Oramo, two original works: “Exquisite Corps”, by Anders Hillborg, one of the most famous Swedish contemporary composers and Symphony no 2 (FS 29), “The Four Temperaments), by Carl Nielsen – one of the most important Danish composers of the 20th century. The program of the evening also includes “Concert no 1 for piano and orchestra in D Minor, op. 15” by Johannes Brahms, starring Steven Hough as a soloist. The concert of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in Bucharest is one of the few in the festival for which tickets can still be bought on the Eventim site.
On September 24, starting at 5 p.m., at the Romanian Athenaeum, the will-known chamber ensemble Virtuozii, from Bucharest, will perform a recital, together with two famous soloists: Maxim Vengerov (violin) and Vlad Stanculeasa (violin). They will play the first part of the “Concerto for two violins and orchestra in D Minor BWV 1043” by J.S. Bach. The second part of the concert will be only Mozart – “Concerto no. 3 for violin and orchestra in G Major K 216”, “Concerto no. 5 for violin and orchestra in A Major k 219 – Turkish” with Maxim Vengerov as soloist and conductor.
On September 24, from 7:30 p.m., in the series “Great Orchestras of the World”, at the Sala Palatului, the renowned violinist Julian Rachlin will perform together with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sakari Oramo. The program includes “Suite no. 2 for orchestra in C Major op. 20”, by George Enescu, “Concerto for violin and orchestra in D Major”, by Igor Stravinsky and Symphony no 1 in E minor op 39”, by Jean Sibelius. On September 25, the Romanian Athenaeum will host the concert of the Camerata Salzburg ensemble. With works by George Enescu and W. A. Mozart, the concert will have as a soloist the beautiful and acclaimed violinist Hilary Hahn. Louis Langree will be the conductor. An international star, the violinist Vadim Repin will have a concert during the Enescu Festival, starting at 7:30 p.m., at the Sala Palatului, together with the Russian National Orchestra, conducted by Mihail Pletnev and will play “Concerto no 2 for violin and orchestra in G Minor op. 63”, by Sergei Prokofiev.

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