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A Mighty Debut of the National Radio Orchestra

Monday, 14 October 2013 , ora 9.23
Did you not miss those Friday nights when you end up a working week with a successful concert? I do, and so I enjoyed very much the opening of The National Radio Orchestra's new season on Friday, 11 October 2013, with a concert I can only appreciate.

The National Radio Orchestra took out all the big guns for an exceptional programme: the orchestra, the valuable soloists and the choir, were all found on the Mihail JoraStudio's stage with Tiberiu Soare as a conductor, when they performed Concerto no. 1 in G minor for violin and orchestraby Max Bruch and selections from Peer Gyntby Edvard Grieg.

The protagonist of the first part was violinist Lorenzo Gatto from Belgium, an international renowned musician, winner of the Queen ElisabethCompetition in 2009. Listening to him was not hard to figure out how he managed to win not only this prestigious prize, but also the public's appreciation worldwide: Lorenzo Gatto impressed from the first note with a very strong temperament with the help of which he played the whole score perfectly. He lived the part note by note, drawing the audience after him in what I would call a carousel of sensations. Under his baton, he swept everything that was thrill and emotion in Bruch Concerto, giving us an extremely rich, dynamic and personal performance. The encore came in the form of the Giguefrom Partita No. 2 for solo violinby Johann Sebastian Bach.

After the intermission, the stage was filled again: the Academic Radio Choir, who was present at the end of the summer season, came before the public in an exceptional form. Tiberiu Soare was accompanied on stage by soprano Veronica Anușka, mezzo-soprano Antonela Bârnat and actor Victor Rebengiuc. Grieg's score was brought to life in the most beautiful way possible. The text that served as the basis for Grieg's music is signed by the phenomenal Norwegian playwright, Henrik Ibsen. Grieg's music closely follows the text and its expressive power. Victor Rebengiuc was masterly in the recitation of the poem making us feel the whole drama of the message content. The two soloists themselves felt and transmitted the entire depth of the text.

After this stunt, I enjoyed interviewing briefly the conductor Tiberiu Soare, an artist whom we can only admire for his original vision that goes beyond the mere reading of the score:

'It was a real pleasure. Everyone concentrated very well. Actually, it was a very enjoyable week for all of us and during the rehearsals you somehow feel if something special is following or not. And even since Tuesday and Wednesday I felt that this night must be special and I am very happy I wasn't wrong. It is true that poetry tends toward the condition of music, which is a form of art expressed through pure shapes and also, many times, music tends toward the poetic condition; not necessarily poetry, if we think of the rhyme, but the state of poetic, creating a world. I think they combined harmoniously, that's how it seemed to me therefrom, where I was.'

It was an entirely exciting evening, through which the 2013-2014 season made a good start. Stay with Radio Romania Music to be acquainted with The National Radio Orchestra concerts that you can also listen to live on our frequencies, if you cannot reach the Radio Hall.

Author: Petra Gherasim

Translated by: Ioana-Alexandra Dumitrescu and Elena Daniela Radu

MTTLC, The University of Bucharest

Petra Gherasim
Translated by Ioana-Alexandra Dumitrescu and Elena Daniela Radu
MTTLC, The University of Bucharest