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Interview with conductor Andrei Stănculescu about the concert held on National Culture Day

Wednesday, 19 January 2022 , ora 15.58

The National Culture Day is celebrated by the Prelude Chamber Choir, through a concert held at the Romanian Youth Palace, under the baton of conductor Andrei Stănculescu. During the concert program, works written by Paul Constantinescu, Vasile Popovici, Eugen Doga, Tudor Flondor, Felicia Donceanu and others will be heard.

Andrei Stănculescu, the National Culture Day will be celebrated by the National Center "Romanian Youth" through a concert given by the Prelude Chamber Choir, which you have been conducting since 2021. What thoughts do you have for this event?

First of all, with the excitement of a new year that I hope will be as fruitful as possible. This year, the Prelude Chamber Choir celebrates 50 years of activity. So, it's the first event in the series dedicated to this anniversary.

The program includes significant works by Romanian composers, including Paul Constantinescu, Vasile Popovici, Eugen Doga, Felicia Donceanu and others. What can you tell us about the selected works?

Obviously, the first part of the program was chosen to pay homage to Mihai Eminescu. So, the first works are on lyrics by Mihai Eminescu; two works by Vasile Popovici, Sara pe deal and Dorința - absolutely fantastic, famous works, perhaps the most famous musical works on lyrics by Mihai Eminescu; then, the work Între paseri by Felicia Donceanu; Felicia Donceanu being a painter as you well know ... an almost synesthetic work, it creates the impression of color and painting. Further on, the lied Ochiul tău iubit by Eugen Doga, a composer from across the Prut that I had the pleasure of meeting and who appreciated this arrangement that I wrote for mixed choir and piano. And the last work in this program dedicated to Eminescu, Stelele-n cer, the fourth madrigal in Paul Constantinescu's cycle.

The concert is also mentioned as an educational concert. Please let us know more about this approach!

I was telling you that the first part of the concert is made in this way, organized, designed to be dedicated to Mihai Eminescu. The second part contains important pieces for the Romanian culture, but also related to Eminescu, such as Cine e morarul on the lyrics of Ion Creangă, good friend of Mihai Eminescu, work of the composer Dan Dediu, or Bordeiaș, bordei, bordei - work of Anton Pann (the song belonging to Anton Pann), composer and poet much appreciated by Mihai Eminescu. So, it is a journey in the national culture, but also in what inspired or would inspire Mihai Eminescu in our culture.

Interview by Maria-Isabela Nica
Translated by Alma Teodora Miron,
University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II
Corrected by Silvia Petrescu