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George Enescu Festival 

Approximately 40,000 individual tickets will be sold to George Enescu International Festival, starting on 15 April 2013, from 10.00 site through points of sale of Eventim, by the Humanitas bookstores and Carturesti bookstores. The prices of the tickets are between 20 and 80 lei.

Over 150 events are scheduled to take place from 1 to 28 September 2013, in Bucharest and in several cities in the country (Arad, Bacau, Brasov, Cluj, Iasi, Oradea, Sibiu and Timisoara), at the Enescu Festival. During this period, the Festival program is complete and constantly updated on the website

Enescu Festival 2013 Edition provides a unique cultural mix that highlights the Romanian composer George Enescu, as with famous composers such as Richard Wagner, Giuseppe Verdi and Benjamin Britten -commemorated this year – Schoenberg, Mahler, Beethoven, etc.. Creations of George Enescu in Bucharest can be heard only in the interpretation of artists and famous orchestras such as Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Berlin Staatskapelle, London Philharmonic, Münchner Philharmoniker, London Royal Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields.

The edition of 2013 is up to the international events of this kind, strengthening Romania’s position as the host of one of the most important festivals in the world. The festival this year will have some of the most important personalities of the international classical music. The guests includes conductors Daniel Barenboim and Mariss Jansons, pianists Radu Lupu, Murray Perahia, Pinchas Zuckerman, Evgeny Kissin and Maxim Vengerov. Known Romanian actor Marcel Iures will debut as narrator, with George Enescu Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra “Gurria-Lieder,” a musical unprecedented edition in 2013.

Below we present two biographies of artists from George Enescu Festival.

Daniel Barenboim

Daniel Barenboim is, at the same time, the general musical director of the Theater  La Scala in Milan, the Berlin State Opera and the Staatskapelle Berlin orchestra. At 70 years old, already have been in concerts of 60 years. A phenomenon conductor and a pianist Daniel Barenboim is recognized worldwide for his harmonious music – “finding a suitable tempo is, every time, for Barenboim an ultimate challenge,” notes the foreign press. A fervent critic of Israel’s attitude in conflict with Palestine, Daniel Barenboim was the first musician in a marching Olympic Games in 2012. At the opening ceremony in London last year, Barenboim carried the Olympic flag, a form that organizers honored in front of the whole world the peaceful involvement, not only through repeated speeches and concerts, but also with the West-East Divan Orchestra creation that brings together young Israeli and Arab musicians.

Daniel Barenboim will be on the stage at the Palace Hall Enescu Festival edition 2013 for the second time. The musician was present at  edition also two years ago.


September 1, 2013

George Enescu Romanian Rhapsody no. 2 in D Major, Op. 11

Ludwig van Beethoven, Concerto no. 4 for Piano and Orchestra in G Major, Op. 58

Sir Eward Elgar, Symphony no. 2 in E flat Major op. 63

19:30, Great Hall of the Palace

Orchestra: Staatskapelle Berlin

Conductor: Daniel Barenboim

Soloist: Radu Lupu – piano

September 2, 2013

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Concerto for two pianos in E flat Major K 365

Giuseppe Verdi, “Quattro Pezzi Sacra” (Ave Maria, Stabat Mater, praise alla Vergine Maria, Te Deum)

Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra

Soloists: Daniel Barenboim, Radu Lupu – piano

Philharmonic Choir “George Enescu”

Conductor: John Joseph Prunner

Murray Perahia

His recordings of Bach and Chopin were awarded with two Grammy Awards. In a career spanning over 35 years, went on the biggest stages in the world. Horowitz himself recognized his talent, American pianist Murray Perahia will be at the 2013 edition of the festival, at a concert on September 28 at the Athenaeum. “I sing with love. Only this way  people can fall in love, in turn,  of classical music, “confessed the musician. Last year, the prestigious Sony Classical label marked 40 years of collaboration with Perahia editing a set of 72 CDs and DVDs of his performances.

The destiny of Murray Perahia, aged 66 years, is marked by music. It was a step to his concert pianist career to ends because of inflammation in a finger. He recovered listening and repeating, silently, Bach. “During that difficult period, I decided I have to fill my days with music. There is no another way: this is my life, music is put into service. I needed music. I sat on a chair in the room and listen Bach, reading scores. Bach gave me the comfort I needed, “Perahia remembered in an interview for a French weekly.


September 28, 2013

Piano Recital by Murray Perahia

17:00 Romanian Athenaeum

Will be for the first time in Romania, during the Festival bands and artists such as Sinfonieorchester Berlin Rundfunk Orchestra – which will present will Wagner’s Tetralogy, for the first time in Bucharest, in the last 50 years – Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, National Philharmonic of Russia, John Malkovich and Wiener Akademie, Harmonius Chamber Orchestra – Osaka, Camerata Salzburg, Vortice Dance Company. Back on stage will be  famous orchestras who were also at the previous edition of the Festival as a reconfirmation of its value: Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Academy of Santa Cecilia di Roma .

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