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Tchaikovsky Soirée at the Romanian Athenaeum

Thursday, 7 October 2010 , ora 10.15

A new Musical Soirée in Bucharest, part of a series of soirées organized by the Lanto Arte Association, has taken place on the stage of the Romanian Athenaeum, Wednesday, the 6th of October 2010 ,under the watchful eyes of a numerous and enthusiastic public. And, as the cold weather outside did not prevent music lovers from participating to this event, both the program – dedicated entirely to the music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – and the way it was played have exceeded the audience expectations, who was even more appreciative as Horia Andreescu was conducting the Philharmonic Orchestra.

If the pages from the Ballet Suite Swan Lake – one of Tchaikovsky’s most popular titles – meant a voyage into a new world, where the public had the opportunity to discover lyricism, discretion, suspense and even frenzy, The Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 for violin and orchestra – the first work of the evening – has managed to equally impress through tempo-contrasts, balanced dose of nuances and suggestive timbre colours. All was performed by a mature orchestra, with Horia Andreescu communicating beyond the conductor’s language – sometimes even letting go of it in order to use only mimic. However, the surprise of the concert was probably the presence of Polish soloist, Jaroslaw Nadrzycki, First Prize winner of last year’s George Enescu International Contest. This young musician managed to impress through a balanced transition from lyrical to tense moments, through the way in which he emphasized the timbre and dynamic contrasts of Tchaikovsky’s Concerto, and most importantly, he impressed by not giving up virtuosity in favour of clarity; a mature musician that we hope to see again in the future, here in Romania.

Alexandra Cebuc
Translated by Andra Stroe
MA Student, MTTLC, Bucharest University