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Tuesday Evening Season - 18th March, 2014

Tuesday, 25 March 2014 , ora 9.21
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The series of chamber concerts that the "George Enescu" Philharmonic decided to hold on every Tuesday evening continued with Alin Dumitrescu's piano recital on 18th March. Alin Dumitrescu will turn 25 on 30th August. A student of the appraised pianist Dana Borșan, he is currently undergoing his IV-th year with the Bucharest Music Academy. The young musician also benefited from a scholarship in Madrid, at the "Teresa Berganza" Conservatory, where he studied piano during his first two years of high school. The Tuesday Evening Season was Alin Dumitrescu's debut on stage. The Small Auditorium of the Romanian Athenaeum was brimming with those interested in young and rising artists. I, for one, particularly enjoyed his touch: a warm tone and a distinct sensibility. However, Alin Dumitrescu let himself be overwhelmed with anxiety, which gave rise to a somewhat clumsy performance, sometimes even outright flaws dotting the musical itinerary. His nervousness was still strong when the last of the applauses faded, as Alin Dumitrescu himself confessed:

"I was very emotive at first, after that I loosened up. I had a wonderful time on stage, as the public was quite hospitable. I had a beautiful, yet difficult score, one that required many hours of practice. Of the three works I performed, the one closest to my heart was Schumann's Fantasie, which I felt very comfortable playing."

When emotions are overwhelming rather than incentive, and they cross over to the audience, they sense it, too. However, the public was supportive and strengthened Alin Dumitrescu's resolve. In the end, the young pianist showed, alongside some imperfections, good instrumental technique and an authentic musical vivacity, all along a thoroughly practised score, one that included works by Bach, Schumann and Prokofiev.

Jeanine Costache
Translated by George Mihăiță and Elena Daniela Radu
MTTLC, The University of Bucharest