An album in the memory of Mihaela Ursuleasa released on the 12th and the 13th of September on CD Review
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I've decided that the first two CD reviews from the new programme of Radio Romania Muzical to be dedicated to a recently released album by the Casa Radio Publishing House which belongs to a Romanian artist. Unfortunately, we must speak about the pianist Mihaela Ursuleasa- it is she I was talking about- at past tense, because she isn't physically among us. We are lucky to have recordings which help us remember her. She was a great talent with a promising musical career. The German newspaper Der Spiegel was writting about Mihaela Ursuleasa that she has the vivaciousness and the thrust of the young Martha Argerich combined with Clara Haskil's sensibility.
She was often being reproached about the "passion" in her performance, that explosion which made her to free herself from the sheets' tempi and rythms, to actually shock the most conservatory people.
Mozart, Beethoven and Constantinescu
This album, released in August 2016 and included in the campaign "Vote the classic music album of the 2016", includes recordings from two concerts which Mihaela Ursuleasa performed on the stage of Sala Radio with the Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Horia Andreescu. The first one took place on the 20th of February 2008. Mihaela Ursuleasa was the solist of the Concerto no. 20 KV 466 in D minor for piano and orchestra by Mozart. You could recognise Mihaela Ursuleasa and her fierceness, her sensibility, her touch which had become her artistic signature and also her anxiousness, tamed by moments of great sensibility. The second concert took place on the 5th of May 2010 and the encore with which she thanked the audience for their endless applause was Toccata by Paul Constantinescu. The pianist performed that day Concerto no. 3 op. 37 in C minor for piano and orchestra by Beethoven, something she played many times during her short career. After an American performance of this work, New York Times writes that: Mihaela Ursuleasa risked in giving warrior nuances to this concert. And that put Beethoven's work in a favorable light.
On Monday and Tuesday, the 12th and 13th of September, I invite you to CD Review, during the "Arpeggio" show which is broadcasted around 12:15, to imagine that Mihaela Ursuleasa came home, on the concert stage. And we are glad to listen.
Translated by Matei DenisaMTTLC, University of Bucharest, 2nd year