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15th January, 2013 - Tuesday Evening Season

Wednesday, 16 January 2013 , ora 8.16
On 15th January the Romanian Athenaeum hosted a vocal recital performed by the sopranos: Alexandra Tărniceru, Iuliana Dima, Oana Neagoe, the tenor Andrei Pleșca and Inna Oncescu on the piano, to celebrate Romanian Culture Day within the Tuesday Evening Season.

"A press release mentioned the following: 'we're glad that this year Tuesday falls on the 15th of the month, and so we can symbolically dedicate both the concert and the entire project to Romanian Culture and especially to the Romanian School of Music."

The soprano Alexandra Tărniceru was the first to open the recital at the Small Hall of the Romanian Athenaeum with three lieds on Eminescu's verses written by Felicia Donceanu, Nicolae Bretan and Doru Popovici. Alexandra Tărniceru asserted herself, among the four young musicians, as a real artist with amazing vocal and interpretative qualities, capable to perform further in a lyrical career. She sang three more pieces during the evening's concert : Magda's aria from La Rondine (The Swallow) by Giacomo Puccini and two other musical compositions by Andrew Lloyd Webber and George Grigoriu, accompanied by her young colleagues.

I had the feeling that I was attending a high-quality Recital presented by Claudia Codreanu's students - except for soprano Alexandra Tărniceru's performance - because the four artists are all students at the canto department of the well-known mezzo-soprano, currently PhD. Lecturer at the National University of Music in Bucharest: the soprano, Oana Neagoe and the tenor Andrei Pleșca together with the Masters students - Alexandra Tărniceru and Iuliana Dima. A " high-quality recital'' offered by young musicians, with arias and duos from the Baroque, the Classical, the Romantic and the Modern periods including the Verist movement; there were nice moments full of expressiveness, musicality, involvement and devotedness - and moments that were not so good because there were technical, intonation and voice and breath support problems. Sopranos Alexandra Tărniceru, Iuliana Dima, Oana Neagoe and the tenor Andrei Pleșca enjoyed an amazing and numerous audience who rewarded their interpretation with applause - an encouragement for their next performances.

Jeanine Costache
Translated by Andreea Mesescu and Elena Daniela Radu
MTTLC, Bucharest University