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Dana Ciocârlie in... Bohemia

Tuesday, 7 December 2010 , ora 8.41

Dana Ciocârlie is at the peak of her carrer and she would certainly figure in a top three of the best Romanian pianists of the moment. She lives every sound at maximum intensity, she offers it with the generosity specific to great artists, she shares the joy of playing and she does not lose a second of the public's attention.

Dana Ciocârlie's schedule is very busy because she is requested by concert organizers and because her records sell very well on a French musical market saturated with great names and all-time creations. The Romanian pianist's latest record is entitled Bohemia because it gathers works of the Czech composers Josef Suk (4 Pieces op. 17), Leos Janacek (Sonata), Bohuslav Martinu (Sonata No. 3) and a processing of Krystof Maratka (after Milena Dolinova's Csardas). We had the opportunity to listen to most of them during a musical evening hosted by the great Foayer of the Chatelet Theatre on the 6th of December 2010. The purpose of this meeting was to present the new record on which Dana Ciocârlie collaborated with violinist Marianne Piketty, former student of the famous Julliard professor Dorothy Delay, the masterclasses given by Itzhak Perlman, which carrying within him the influence of an exceptional collaboration with Yehudi Menuhin.

No recording can fully capture the warmth and enthusiasm with which the two performers propose this music, a blend of traditional sounds and refinement, flame, and nostalgia. By listening to Dana Ciocârlie and Marianne Piketty you can discover the local beauty, along with significant universal aspirations, of these creations. The French press has already noted the CD featured in the Integral classic collection of the label Integral music, appreciative articles being published or broadcasted by Le Monde, Cadences, French Week, Strada and the Notre Dame Radio.

Soon, Dana Ciocârlie's new record may be heard in the show "Successful music stories" as a completion of the dialogue I will have with the artist.

Monica Isăcescu
(with the support of the Romanian Cultural Institute in Paris)
Translated by Dana-Mihaela Toma and Andreea Velicu
MA Students, MTTLC, Bucharest University