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Keys Festival - Russian Music Performance

Wednesday, 28 April 2010 , ora 9.32
 
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On April 27th 2010, during the second edition of the Keys Festival organized by the Bucharest National University of Music, a concert dedicated to the 19th-century Russian music. Eager to listen to rarely performed works, the audience filled the George Enescu Concert Hall to attend the performance conducted by Alexandru Ganea and young soprano Valentina Naforniță, a student at the Bucharest Conservatory, as well as violinist Florin Croitoru, a distinguished and fully-fledged Romanian artist.

Even from the beginning of the performance, the Universitaria Orchestra, namely the students of the National University of Music, proved to be a consistent ensemble capable of rendering the message of rather technically demanding works. Soprano Valentina Naforniță performed the Arioso of the main character in Pyotr Ilyici Tchaikovsky's Iolanta as well as Marfa's Aria from Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's The Tsar's Bride, bringing into foreground the typically Russian pathos. On the other hand, Florin Croitoru performed Pyotr Ilyici Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D major in a poignant manner, rendering a constant inner tumult and delivering the message of the work through the rhythm contrasts rather than the tune diversity.

The performance ended with the Overture from Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Russian Easter, in which the orchestra managed to render the suspense, the tension and the solemnity in a richly narrative manner.

The first day of the Keys Festival ended with enthusiastic applause which will probably mark the following concerts as well.

Alexandra Cebuc
Translated by Georgiana Mîndru, Andreea Velicu
MA students, MTTLC, Bucharest University