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Great Performers meet at The Romanian Athenaeum: Valentin Gheorghiu and Gabriel Croitoru
Entitled Great Performers, Chamber Ensembles and Orchestras at The Romanian Athenaeum, yesterday night, August 25th, pianist Valentin Gheorghiu and violinist Gabriel Croitoru performed a new recital within The Musical Soirées in Bucharest.
The programme started with Piano and Violin Sonatina by Antonin Dvorak, the last chamber opera composed while he was visiting America. Even from the first tones, one can feel the sensibility of the expression and of the thematic and tonal contrasts, but also dialogues and adaptations of musical ideas in order to permanently unify the sounds.
The Piano and Violin Sonatina was followed by The Third Piano and Violin Sonata, with "a definite Romanian personality" by George Enescu, performed by Gabriel Croitoru on the Guarneri "del Gesù" violin that once belonged to the Romanian composer. The ornamental richness, the three-quarter tone or the parlando-rubato rhythm were perfectly highlighted by the sonority of the violin also known as "The Cathedral". I have truly felt that emotional impulse that Gabriel Croitoru hoped to give by performing the Sonata on this instrument. And the maestro Valentin Gheorghiu distinguished through a deep aproach of each musical phrase, being at the same time a solo artist and a chamber partner.
Translated by Cristina Mihaela Sandu and Andreea Velicu
MA Students, MTTLC, Bucharest University