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Tuesday Evening Season - 3rd March, 2015
'It is a very romantic programme, although Beethoven is not considered as such in the musical world, but to me this Sonata Op. 2 No. 3 in C major feels like an opera, I can simply see the characters going on stage, and I really had fun tonight when I performed it. Next I performed Chopin's two opuses which are quite different, but tied together by the same dreamy atmosphere. In the end I wanted an opus to struggle with a little, which is why I chose Rachmaninoff's Sonata No. 2. It is a challenge, a work which seems to me like a mirror broken into thousands of pieces, in which certain parts of the theme are reflected, but never entirely… It is a perpetual search of the whole picture. By closing the night with Rachmaninoff I was unable to leave the Russian culture, so I dedicated the first encore to the memory of the pianist Aldo Ciccolini who passed away, and who said that if he were to choose a single song from all the piano works, his choice would be Pictures at an Exhibition. That is why I chose for my encore The Old Castle, and then I went back to Rachmaninoff Musical Moment No. 6, Op. 16…'
Sânziana Mircea's enjoyment while playing gets across the footlights and the audience can see beyond her talent, her sensitivity, her warm tone and her excelent technique that she is really excited about being with those who love her:
'It is a great joy for me to be here every year, I expect this night almost as if it were my birthday and I always meet a lot of friends… It is wonderful…'
On 3rd March, Sânziana Mircea held another recital at the Small Hall of the Romanian Athenaeum. With her every move, she proves that she has an outstanding talent, she shows that she has reached her artistic maturity, and she reassures us that she is capable of having a great pianistic career.
Translated by Ioana Săbău and Elena Daniela Radu
MTTLC, University of Bucharest