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Interview with violinist Florin Paul

Wednesday, 26 January 2011 , ora 14.26

On the 25th and 27th of January, violinist Florin Paul, principal concert master of the Radio Broadcasting Orchestra from Hamburg is playing at the Pitesti Philharmonic. With this occasion, the performer has released a CD, of which he has offered us more details during a short interview:

It is not a premiere release, as this disc was actually produced two years ago. For the last two years we have been promoting it around the country as it is the first entirely Romanian production. I have some other discographic releases embodying Bach sonatas and suites but I want to do a production that is accessible to the Romanian public both regarding the price, but also as usefulness.

What are the works that you have included on this CD?

This disc is dedicated to Eugene Ysaye and includes all of his six Sonatas for solo violin, a challenge for the violinist technique. They are usually recorded by young performers eager to prove their capacity to have a solo career. I have chosen this repertoire for other reason of course, as I have performed this sonatas many times, I know them very well and I wanted to present a maturity product, to be able to demonstrate their musical quality as well, which is not always taken seriously.

Have you thought about a similar action in the near future?
There are many things to be taken into consideration. I have recorded at Electrecord a little known sonata for two violins, by Eugene Ysaye, together with my brother-in-law Christophe Giovaninetti, and we would like to complete this disc with Prokofiev Sonata and some Bartok duets or something in a Romanian style, we shall see what we can do in order to offer a disc for two violins.

When do you believe this disc will be on the market?
This is probably going happen only the next year, as we wish, first of all, to prepare the programme to be performed on the stage, to have it in the repertoire and then to record it.

Ioana Marghita
Translated by Oana Marina Siliște and Andreea Velicu
MA Students, MTTLC, Bucharest University