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Interview with Ciprian Tutu, conductor of the Academic Radio Choir

Monday, 11 April 2022 , ora 10.27

The Radio Hall hosts a concert by the Academic Radio Choir under the title I'm Gonna Sing. Dedicated to gospel music, the concert is conducted by Ciprian Țuțu.

How did the rehearsals go?

The rehearsals took place in the most pleasant conditions because we come after two years in which I was out of direct contact with the public. This is, in fact, the first concert in the chapel of the Radio Choir after more than two and a half years of absence from the concert hall of the direct artist-public relationship. I had only one more concert of the chapel, recorded and broadcast online during this period. So, it is first of all this load, this joy, this thirst to reconnect with our dear audience, and, not coincidentally, we have chosen a very pleasant theme for both us and the public.

Tell us a little bit about this idea, that of joining gospel music to the Easter holidays.

Yes, there is this connection, this bridge. We thought it was the best time to sing this American-themed religious song. There is a multitude of arrangements in which we speak either of the characters of the Old Testament or of the salvation of the soul, of man, of deliverance through death. The former slave found his only release only through death. And then, he sang animated by this idea, of passing into the other dimension, with a lot of pathos, with a lot of dedication.

Gospel music is less well known than other American musical styles. How did the musicians react?

Very well! I can't hide the fact that six years ago when I came to the choir of this choir, it was not our first chapel project, but it was one of the first chapel projects I proposed, with a similar theme. . Some of the works from that time can be found, but, of course, I have greatly enriched this repertoire. It's very enjoyable music. It is not complicated music, but it is living music, music full of effects, of contrasting states, that speaks about human life. And when the music conveys such a rich palette - and this repertoire proposes an emotional and ideational palette as rich as possible - then we find ourselves in the sense of the text and the word we sing and that translates into this finding of ours.We present this idea to the public with great enthusiasm. In this repertoire, we find traditional works by old American composers - William Downson, Harry Burleigh, but we also find newer American composers - Moses Hogan and a work that I have long wanted to sing on the radio, A little jazz mass a to Bob Chilcott, one of the founding members of the vocal sextet The King's Singers. At the same time, we find among the pieces proposed for Thursday evening some arrangements that the master Sabin Păutza was kind enough to make available to us. Also, two arrangements by our colleague Dan Stoenescu.

Interview by Petre Fugaciu
Translated by Georgiana-Carmen Rădulescu,
University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I
Corrected by Silvia Petrescu