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Trio Affresco and seven of Beethoven’s symphonies, in the online season of the “George Enescu” Philharmonic (3)

Monday, 1 February 2021 , ora 10.11

Trio Affresco is composed of flautist Ion Bogdan Stefanescu, soloist of the Philharmonic "George Enescu", violinist and composer Vlad Maistorovici, winner of the 2001 edition of the "George Enescu" competition, custodian of the Nicola Gagliano violin from 1751, property of the Ratiu Family Charitable Foundation and pianist Diana Ionescu, winner of the 2001 edition of the International "George Enescu" Competition.

Trio Affresco brings back to the stage seven of the nine symphonies by the composer Ludwig Van Beethoven in chamber music transcription form for the flute, violin, cello and piano arranged by Johann Nepomuk Hummel between 1825-1835. Of course, at every concert, the main event is accompanied by one or more guests. In order to fill the repertoire necessary to last an entire night, Beethoven's scores shall be accompanied by Romanian compositions, some of which are having their grand debut.

The recital wasmade in partnership with Radio Clasic

Philharmonic "George Enescu"

Sunday the 31st of January 2021, 19:00, Romanian Athenaeum

Trio Affresco

Ion Bogdan Stefanescu

Diana Ionescu

Vlad Maistorovici

and members of the Philharmonic orchestra "George Enescu"


V. MAISTOROVICI Winter Septet ("Carols without words" 2021 version, p. a.)

Rafael Butaru, Natalia Pancec - Violins

Marian Movileanu, LuizaIorga - Violas

Madalina Fara, AlexandruDutulescu - Cellos

Vlad Silaev - Double Bass

Vlad Maistorovici - Conductor

C.P. BASACOPOL ContemplatingMeditations op. 45 (p.a.a.)

L. van BEETHOVEN Symphonyno.2op.36 (arr. J. N. HUMMEL)

Ion Bogdan Stefanescu - Flute

Diana Ionescu - Piano

Vlad Maistorovici - Violin

Madalina Fara - Cello

The concert will be broadcast on the online channels of the institution partnered with Radio Romania Musical and Clasic Radio. Violinist and Composer Vlad Maistorovici wished to share a few words about the scores included in the program.

VLAD MAISTOROVICI - Winter Septet ("Carols without Words" 2021 version, p.a.) Winter Septet or Carols without Words is the sister to the TransylvanianConcert rhapsody based on melodies from the Codex Caioni. The score's conception came from my desire to reflect, in instrumental form, the beauty of vocal tradition found in Romanian carols and that is why we chose a few themes very well known by the public, melodies adapted from V.I. Popovici, V. Teodorian, A. Pann, N. Ursu, G. Cucu. As such, we made a medley consisting of 7 successive episodes that much like "the songs without words" by Felix Mendelssohn, tries to express via music what cannot be expressed with words, blending the magical atmosphere of childhood winters into a chamber music concert.

Carmen Petra Basacopol - Contemplating meditations op. 45 (p.a.a.) - A work risen from serenity's streams that we see through a personal artistic filter, a dialog of timbres and delicate harmonies, always fleeting, a work that has waited a good 10 years, waiting for the right opportunity to find its most ideal performers.

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN - Symphony No. 2 op. 36 (arr. Johann Nepomuk Hummel). Between 1825 and 1835J.N.Hummel created chamber music arrangements for the first seven Symphonies created by his colleague and friend L. van Beethoven for the piano, flute, violin and cello. This practice was widespread in that period, because symphonic concerts were seldom organized allowing the opportunity for masterpieces to be reproduced, in a restricted manner, through these arrangements. The challenges brought by the year 2020 have determined us to restore this musical practice and to offer the public the joy of rediscovering Beethoven's Symphonies in this unconventional way.

The recital will be available to listen to on the online channels of the Philharmonic "George Enescu" site (www.fge.org.ro), on the facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/filarmonica.george.enescu/) and on the youtube account (https://bit.ly/2wMctlw), as well as on the Facebook page of Radio Romania Musical and Radio Clasic.

Translated by Yang Jin Cristian,
University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I
Corrected by Silvia Petrescu