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Musical Weekend in Sighisoara
It just happened that when we were all stunned by the news of the sudden disappearance of pianist Mihaela Ursuleasa, at the 'Music Academy' Festival in Sighisoara there was scheduled a piano recital, held this time by Viniciu Moroianu, who, of course, said a few words in the memory of his younger colleague, who appeared on the festival's programme in 2009. Playing on the same piano that Mihaela Ursuleasa used to, Viniciu Moroianu performed 'Chorale' by Bach Busoni in her memory. He then tackled the announced programme by playing a sonata by Beethoven and works by Debussy, splendidly interpreted, and in the end, together with violinist Alexandru Gavrilovici, he performed Enescu's 'Impressions d'Enfance', a wonderful work, but unfortunately not played enough, but enthusiastically applauded by those who filled the hall.
Saturday, 4th August, 2012
The next day we found ourselves inside the ambiance of the church's monastery, a building dating from the 13th century, where we listened to pieces by Vivaldi, Zelenka or Bach, interestingly framed by works by Honegger or Enescu, and so we listened to the soloists of the Orchestra from Berna, who were exceptional, playing in different combinations, and in the end surprising us with a truly impressionable performance of Enescu's 'Prelude in Unison'. I must underline the fact that they had little time to prepare, to have certain cohesion.
Sunday, 5th August, 2012
The Leonor Quartet from Spain, highly appreciated for their performances of Bach, Arriaga, Dvoűák, held a concert in the elegant hall of the City Hall and in the presence of the consul Virginia Gonzales. There were full days, with a diverse programme and I would like to underline the presence of the representatives from Switzerland or Spain and also the absence of those from Romania, even though the festival has truly an international standard.
Translated by Florina Sămulescu
MTTLC, Bucharest University