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Beauty, theology and competence – guests from Constanta in concert at Bucharest
As I was listening on
Performance in premiere
I’ve heard the members of the “Armonia” and “Cuvânt bun” choirs accompanied by a group of instrumentalists from The Opera and Ballet Theatre (Teatrul de Opera si Balet) “Oleg Danovschi” from Constanța in a performance in premiere in its own form presented yesterday at the auditorium of the Ministry of Administration and Interns: a musical fresco “În vremea aceea… (“Once upon a time…”) by priest Ion Popescu Runcu in teacher Horațiu Alexandrescu’s arrangement for the soloists, choir and orchestra. The performance was written regarding the texts of the evening services during the passion week from the Maundy Thursday and the Good Friday, in a classical harmony and with an extremely successful quasi-folkloric moment - here, Virgin Mary is wailing her Son in a kind of a mourning song, from which I remember two extremely beautiful and appropriate lyrics: “today, the Gentle Mild was caught by the wicked wolf”. Virgin Mary’s voice was that of an excellent mezzo-soprano with an authentic and seldom met voice from the Theatre of Constanța, Lucia Mihalache Stoica.
The Joy found through musicIf I have ever appreciated a professional singer, I had the same huge admiration for the soloist group that impersonated the protagonists of the moment when Jesus Christ was caught and crucified: Claudiu Banu, Adrian Clinciu, Corneliu Chivu, Doru Pantazi, Ionuț Boancheș, Mihai Urzicana, Alexandru Chiriac, Sandu Lucian and Marcel Marin. They were theology students and archdeacons with the same psaltic voices, I mean in the athmosphere of the Church and the lyrical scene. An unexpectedly combination which has created a joyful athmosphere for everyone who was present, Father’s Popescu Runcu performance “În vremea aceea...(Once upon a time...)”, competently directed by Father Iulian Dumitru, received huge and heartily applauses.
Translated by Deniss-Meda Bucura and Elena Daniela Radu
MTTLC students, Bucharest University