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23rd edition of Mozart Festival in Cluj, Dec 6-13

Trumpetist Margit Csökmei, flutist Seiya Ueno, oboist Ye Chang Jung, violonist Friedericke Starkloff, pianists Alexandra Schmiedel and Viniciu Moroianu and Arcadia Quartet as well will be the main protagonists of the 23rd edition of the Mozart Festival in Cluj. The inaugural concert will be devoted partly to the trumpet, an instrument proposed in two versions, the chromatic one being used to highlight in musical terms Mozart’s era with a work of his father, Leopold, and with one of his friend Haydn, followed by one of his last symphony No. 39. The protagonist of one of the most outstanding chamber music concerts will be the young Japanese flautist Seiya Ueno, Grand-Prix winner of the 2008 Jean-Pierre Rampal International Competition, who will perform alongside Korean oboist Ye Chang Jung arrangements of themes from The Magic Flute, as well as an arrangement for his own instrument of sonata for violin and piano (KV 378) and the Piano Quintet (KV 452) that Mozart himself considered his best work. German duo Friedericke Starkloff and Alexandra Schmiedel will present, besides sonatas by Mozart and César Franck, a work of a successful contemporary German Jörg Widmann. The closing concert will be conducted in an old way, with Ladislas Horváth being concertmaster, patterned on Leopold Mozart. Pianist Moroianu Viniciu will propose for the first time an arrangement of Dinu Lipatti devoted to Clara Haskil, for the Concert for Piano and Orchestra (KV 595). The festival will also include a special concert for children, as well as a symposium devoted to Mozart’s vocal music. This year’s edition was supported by the German Cultural Centre in Cluj and by a Swiss-Romanian Cooperation Programme. Unfortunately, the days when the Austrian ambassador, under whose patronage the Mozart Festival was carried out, at that time a passionate violinist, was actively involved in the event’s organization, are just a nice memory.

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