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Interview with conductor Andrei Stănculescu
The "Preludiu" chamber choir will give a Carol Concert on Sunday, December 11th, on the stage of the Romanian Athenaeum. The event is dedicated to the memory of the ensemble's founder, conductor VoicuEnăchescu, who passed away on November 19th, 2022. More details about the concert programme we can learn from the ensemble's conductor, Andrei Stănculescu.
This year's Christmas concert comes at a sad time, a short time after the passing away of the founder of the "Preludiu" Chamber Choir, Voicu Enăchescu. With what thoughts are you and the members of the ensemble waiting for this concert?
Of course, like you said, it is a sad time for the "Preludiu" choir. On the other hand, maestro Enăchescu has always loved this time of the year, the time of Christmas holidays, and then we thought: what kind of a concert in memoriam would be more suitable than a Christmas carol concert? Our thoughts are constantly with the maestro during rehearsals and probably in the privacy of our homes too, and we feel the need to give this concert, to give free rein to our feelings, to show our appreciation towards our maestro in front of the Bucharest audience too, but not only.
What was the most important lesson that you learned during the years you were assistant conductor to maestro VoicuEnăchescuand how does it reflect in your current activity with the choral ensemble?
I think that the most important lesson I learned from maestro Enăchescu was the fact that the success of an ensemble of such longevity as the "Preludiu" Chmaber Choir is the family spirit and the way in which one manages to keep people close to oneself, loving them, appreciating them and taking care of them. That would be it.
For the programme of this concert, did you choose exclusively carols that maestro VoicuEnăchescu brought to the choir's repertoire, or did you also add pieces that you will be performing this year for the first time?
Most of them are pieces from the standard repertoire of the "Preludiu" Choir, but yes, some of them are to be performed in premiere at the Romanian Athenaeum; one of them even, I think, will be performed for the first time in Bucharest.
Translated by Ecaterina Bucovanu,
University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II
Corrected by Silvia Petrescu