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Concert Night at the 'Transylvania' State Philharmonic

Tuesday, 26 June 2012 , ora 10.13
Cluj Napoca's Student Cultural Centre hosted on Friday, 22nd June, 2012, the next to the last concert held this season by the members of the Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir of this Transylvanian city.

If the names written on the playbill - those of German pianist Andreas Boyde and conductor Nicolae Moldoveanu - hadn't represented enough motives to attend the above mentioned concert, certainly its programme would have been a persuading argument, being comprised from operas rarely performed on our concert stages. The overture for the ballet music 'The Creatures of Prometheus' by Ludwig van Beethoven, opened the evening in a note not so much impetuous, a Beethoven trademark, but in a style cluttered with contrasting accents in the ostinati rich dialog between the chords part and the wooden wind instruments one. In the next three pieces of the concert, Cluj musicians were joined by pianist Andreas Boyde, in a true soloist tour de force. 'Prometheus: The Poem of Fire' by Alexander Scriabin created, through mystical chord - emblem of the composer's creation, the connection between man and universe. 'Konzertstück in F minor for Piano and Orchestra' by Carl Maria von Weber revealed the virtuosi side of the German soloist. 'Choral Fantasy' (Fantasia in C minor for piano, chorus, and orchestra) by Beethoven ended the evening in an atmosphere of hope and trust, similar to the one from the 'Ode of Joy' at the end of the 'Symphony No. 9' of the composer.

A good piece of news, which I have learned in the concert's intermission, was that the Cluj Philharmonic was promised a headquarters of its own, which will be built under the supervision of the architect Viorel Hurduc, the winner of the designing of the new Philharmonic headquarters contest. Until then, the Cluj audience wait for the concert on 29th June that will end the 2011-2012 season.

Alexandra Cebuc
Translated by Florina Sămulescu
MTTLC, Bucharest University