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'Romeo and Juliet', the Violinist Alexandru Tomescu and the Conductor Tiberiu Soare Have a Date at the Radio Hall on 14th February
Do you remember the credit titles of the series ‘The Onedin Line’? Maybe few of us know that the splendid music theme belongs to the Armenian composer Aram Khatchaturian (the ballet ‘Spartacus’). Another important creation of this artist, considered to be one of the greatest composers of the 20th century, is The Violin Concerto in D Minor, completed in 1940 and dedicated to the great Russian violinist David Oistrakh, one of the outstanding instrumentalists of the world. So, you’ll listen to this beautiful score, in the interpretation of Alexandru Tomescu, the Romanian violinist who has had the right to play on the Stradivarius Elder-Voicu violin since 2007.
The artist played on his violin countless times beside the Radio Chamber Orchestra and the National Radio Orchestra, on the stage of the Radio Hall, but also abroad, on tours in Europe and Asia. Concerts by Mozart, Bruch or Mendelssohn, among others, given by Alexandru Tomescu alongside the two ensembles, were recorded and the recordings were launched by the Casa Radio Publishing House.
Alexandru Tomescu performed in famous halls in the greatest cities of music: Carnegie Hall (New York), Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles), Théâtre des Champs Elysées (Paris), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam) etc.
The Stradivarius Tour, ‘built’ around the collection violin he plays, is an annual event which took the young violinist all around the country dozens of times. He interpreted the three great Integrals of the repertory for solo violin – the 24 Caprices by Niccolò Paganini, the six Sonatas by Eugène Ysaÿe and the six Sonatas and Partitas by Johann Sebastian Bach. After the tours, DVDs or CDs were launched, to great success.
A lover of music chamber as well, Alexandru Tomescu was first a member of the Romanian Piano Trio (2005-2010), and starting with 2011 he has been the first violinist of the Ad Libitum Quartet, a prestigious chamber ensemble with a history of more than 25 years.
And because an evening dedicated to love couldn’t be complete without the most famous love story of all times – Romeo and Juliet - , you’ll enjoy it in the second part of selections from the orchestral suites that Prokofiev made of the ballet he composed, based on the libretto of Shakespeare’s tragedy. The ballet Romeo and Juliet was the subject of renowned productions featuring the best ballet dancers of the world. Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev were among the couples who honoured Prokofiev’s music.
The tickets are available on www.bilete.ro, at the Post Offices, in Inmedio stores signposted Bilete.ro, in the Germanos stores and at the ticket office of the Radio Hall.
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Translated by Mihaela Olinescu and Elena Daniela Radu
MTTLC, The University of Bucharest