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Reportage from the opening of the Radio Chamber Orchestra season

Monday, 30 October 2023 , ora 11.19

The Radio Chamber Orchestra opened on Wednesday, on the 25th of October, the series of concerts of the new 2023-2024 season under the baton of the English conductor Christopher Warren-Green, known thanks to his involvement in major events in the life of the British Royal Family. We find out about last night's performance in the reportage done by our colleague Ioana Țintea.

On 25th of October 2023, at the Sala Radio, the Radio Chamber Orchestra performed the first concert of the 2023-2024 season, with Christopher Warren-Green returning to the conduct of ansamble. Maurice Ravel signed the first work on the programme, the Suite "My Mother, goose". Next on the stage was the renowned with the presence of Latvian accordionist Ksenija Sidorova. She performed Astor Piazzolla's 'Aconcagua' Concerto for accordion and orchestra.

It was as the Latvian artist predicted in an interview with our station: the musicians and the audience got into the general pulse of the work like a big dance. Ksenija Sidorova won over the audience with the sensitivity and expressiveness of her interpretation, and at the insistence of the audience the Latvian artist offered as an encore Franck Angelis' Fantasy on a Piazzolla theme.

Here are the impressions of the audience after the first part of the programme:

"The programme was beautiful. I also liked the soloist. She had control over the instrument, stage presence, presence of mind, personality and... I liked the character she infused into the piece." - Ilie Andrei, student

"I thought the first part was exceptional! It reminded me of my childhood years in the 4th grade. I studied accordion at the folk art school in Galati." - Eliza Dobrot, teacher

"I found the first part very interesting because the sensibility of playing with one hand something, with the other hand something, and doing nuances... is great for this instrument. Not only does it have the ease of a man, but it also has the sensitivity that we musicians in Romania want so much." - Ilie Mihalache, former member of the National Radio Orchestra in the percussion section

After the break, the Radio Chamber Orchestra and conductor Christopher Warren-Green returned to the stage to perform Two Pieces for Small Orchestra by Frederick Delius and Igor Stravinsky's "Pulcinella" ballet suite.

In the end, those present were delighted with the whole experience at the Radio Hall and gave us further impressions:

"I was very excited! The music was unexpected... lots of instruments, I saw unexpected interventions..." - Mariana and Anca Iaru, retired

"I found, first of all, the part with the accordion and Ksenija Sidorova very interesting. For me it's something unheard of! Very beautifully blended with the rest of the orchestra. Likewise, Stravinsky, the part at the end, impressed me very much. I really liked how all the performers communicated with each other through the music." - Ilinca Mihai, student

"I'm glad I had the opportunity to come to the opening of the Chamber Orchestra, not only the National Orchestra. I liked it very much, I especially liked the Piazzolla part and I also liked the Stravinsky part at the end." - Roxana Ristache, psychologist

"I really liked this concert. It was nice." - Andreea Teodora Miroman, student

Ioana Țintea
Translated by Miruna Flipache,
University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I
Corrected by Silvia Petrescu