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January 23, 2022

Enescu Festival: Paris Orchestra to perform at Sala Palatului

Tonight, at 7:30 p.m., music lovers will be able to listen to the concert of the Paris Orchestra, from the series “Great Orchestras of the World” of the Enescu Festival, at Sala Palatului in Bucharest. A similar concert took place last night. Conducted by Paavo Jarvi, the yesterday program of the Paris Orchestra included Overture to “Le Corsaire” H 101 (H. Berlioz), Concerto for violin and Orchestra in D minor op. 15 by B. Britten (soloist: Vilde Frang) and Symphony no.3 with an organ in C minor op 78 by C. Saint-Saens (soloist: Thierry Escaich).
Today’s program of the Orchestra includes Symphony no. 1 in E flat major op. 13, by G. Enescu and Symphony no 6 in B flat major op. 100 by S. Prokofiev. The Europa Galante Concert on Friday will be broadcast live on TVR 2, TVR HD and online on enescu.tvr.ro. Also, on Friday,  live on TVR 2 and TVR HD as well as online on enescu.tvr.ro, from 10:30 p.m. the concert of the Italian ensemble “Europa Galante” (conductor and soloist Fabio Biondi) will be broadcast.
In other news, Ioan Holender, the artistic director of the “George Enescu” Festival said yesterday in a press release, quoted by Mediafax, that he appreciates and respects the fact that, despite the austerity, the cultural event will be organized in 2015 too. His statement comes after PM Ponta announced that the Government will have to find solutions for the 2015 Enescu Festival, which is organized with great efforts, considering that the tickets are cheaper than in other countries, to take place.
The conductor-pianist duel
Those present at Sala Palatului during the first two evenings of the “George Enescu” Festival – which began on September 1 – had the rare chance see in concert two great friends, conductor Daniel Barenboim and pianist Radu Lupu, and even more they played together Concert no. 10 for two pianos in E flat major K365 by W.A. Mozart. Daniel Barenboim has had a 40 years friendship with the Romanian pianist from Galati, “Romania Libera” newspaper informs.
According to Ioan Holender, the manager and “father” of the “George Enescu” Festival, Radu Lupu would have never played at Sala Palatului, known to have a pretty bad acoustics, as it was created as a space for congresses, for the former Romanian Communist Party activists and not intended to be a great music hall. Yet, Barenboim convinced him to give a concert in the only hall in Bucharest which is large enough.

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