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Carl Nielsen Performed by Vlad Stănculeasa, at the Romanian Athenaeum

Monday, 22 November 2010 , ora 8.58

The major interest in the Philharmonic's concert from Friday, November 12, 2010, was determined by three really important factors: on one hand, by a programme of Scandinavian music in which the Concerto for violin and orchestra by Carl Nielsen represented the key point, and on the other, by the two protagonists, the violinist Vlad Stănculeasa, a native of Romania, settled now in Switzerland and the German conductor Alexander Mickelthwate. It is important to notice the fact that the two young protagonists temper the actual contemporary musical life. I refer especially to Vlad Stănculeasa, with a very cordial communicative musical nature and by a very profound professionalism; the Concerto by Carl Nielsen is a magnificent opus, very difficult, and, on the other hand, this young conductor Alexander Mickelthwate who, I repeat, is one of the young musicians educated in the United States as an assistant of the great orchestras, a musician who is always very active and who electrifies through his vocation of a well organized conductor and of a very profound communicator in staging, this time, the first symphony in E minor by Jean Sibelius.

Dumitru Avakian
Translated by Alexandra Dumitru and Andreea Velicu
MA students, MTTLC, Bucharest University