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Maiski, Gergiev, Vogler, Honeck - exclusively on Radio România Muzical

Wednesday, 7 July 2010 , ora 9.49

Between May 23rd- 25th, at the organizers' request, Cristina Comandașu partook, as an accredited journalist, to Dresdnermusikfestspiele - the Dresden Music Festival, one of the most important musical events in Germany.

Three concerts were watched: The Pittsburgh Symphonic Orchestra, conducted by Manfred Honeck, Jan Vogler cello soloist (May, 23rd), Misha and Lili Maiski (May, 24th) and The Mariinski Theatre Orchestra, conducted by Valeri Gergiev, Denis Matsuev soloist pianist (May, 25th).

All this time, Cristina Comandașu got three exclusive interviews and was one of the 7 journalists invited to partake at one of the conductor Valeri Gergiev's meetings with the press.

Saturday and Sunday, on July 3rd, 4th, 10th and 11th, from 4:05 p.m., you are invited to listen to the four transmissions which focus on these interviews: some of them are took out right from the concerts unfolded at Dresden, obtained through the kindness of the German Radio MDR (pieces of the concerts from May 23rd and 25th ), others are recordings broadcasted for the first time in Romania (cellist Jan Vogler's recordings for Sony BMG).

The transcription of the interviews will be available beginning with the 5th of July 2010 on www.radio-muzical.ro - the link of the interviews, and the proper transmissions will be available for re-listening on the web site - the link of the Transmission. Moreover, the original version of the interviews, in English, will be available on the English version of Radio Romania Muzical web site, both written and audio - the link of the Interviews.

At present, Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck is the musical director of the Pittsburgh Symphonic Orchestra, one of the most important American Orchestras. The Dresden Concert performed on May 23 by the conductor and his orchestra is part of the Orchestra's european tour, in May 2010. The Pittsburgh Symphonic Orchestra, conducted by Manfred Honeck had been invited to open the Enescu Festival - 2011 Edition ; Manfred Honeck explained in the interview why this project could not be accomplished. At Dresden, The Pittsburgh Symphonic Orchestra, conducted by Manfred Honeck interpreted the cello and orchestra concert by Robert Schumann - soloist Jan Vogler and Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 1 - versions of the highest rank. The third part of Mahler's Symphony No. 1 will be available on Saturday, July 3rd, within the transmission 55 minutes with Manfred Honeck.

Cellist Mischa Maiski is very well known to the Romanian public, which had the opportunity to see him perform within the Enescu Festival; one of the most important cellists of our time, he was born in Latvia, he completed his studies in Moscow, was imprisoned by the communists on political grounds and afterwards he emigrated in the West. In Dresda, he performed a programme with works of the Russian composers alongside his 23 year-old-daughter, pianist Lili Maiski. The interview with the two artists remains a document about a great performer's art and his life mentality but also of a young artist, a very lively interview in which Maiski said the he always considered Romania a very special contry - all in 55 minutes with cellist Mischa Maiski show on Sunday, July 4th at 4:05 p.m

Cellist Jan Vogler's activity takes place on two levels and in two countries: instrumentalist soloist and musical events planner - as a matter of fact, he is the musical director of the Dresden Festival, and the director of the most important German festival of chamber music - the one from Moritzburg. Jan Vogler (46 years old) lives in Dresden and New York, and in the USA he is developing an impressive soloist career, which reflects in his collaboration with the impressive music company, Sony BMG - his most recent recordings can be listen to for the first time in Romania within the transmission 55 minutes with cellist Jan Vogler - on Saturday July 10th, 4:05 p.m.

Conductor Valeri Gergiev is one of the most important names in today's classical music; as a matter of fact, in April 2010 he was nominated among 100 of the most powerful figures of 2010, the only figure of nowadays classic music, by the American Time magazine. On May 25th , at the press meeting before the concert he was going to perform with the Mariinski Theatre Orchestra at Dresden, Gergiev talked about his concern for supporting young interpreters (like in the case of the famous, now soprano, Anna Netrebko, and the pianist Denis Matsuev who performed at Dresden, Sergei Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini); about the beginnings of his conducting career, about his engagement in concerts that go beyond the music boundary, sending a social and political message (it is the case of the concerts performed in 2004 after the Beslan tragedy or in 2008 after the Ossetia - Russia conflict), about what it really means to have influence: in his case, 200 concerts conducted per year, 30-40 % without pay, or the construction of two new concert halls for the Mariinski Theatre in Sankt-Petersburg and the purchase of an impressive instruments collection for the Mariinski Theatre Orchestra.

On the 55 minutes with Valeri Gergiev transmission (Sunday, July 11, 4:05 p.m.) one can listen to two moments from the concert performed by the Mariinski Theatre Orchestra, conducted by Valeri Gergiev within the Dresden Festival: the third part of Tchaikovsky's Symphony Pathetique and Sergei Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini - soloist Denis Matsuev.

Mariinski Theatre Orchestra, Valeri Gergiev and Denis Matsuev will be the protagonists of the Enescu Festival - 2011 Edition .

Cristina Comandașu
Translated by Elena Veronica Mihu and Andreea Velicu
MA students, MTTLC, Bucharest University