Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France_Remus Azoitei_Palace Hall_09.09

Palace Grand Hall
Series "Great Orchestras"
Soloist: REMUS AZOITEI - violin
Ibert – Ouverture de féte
Enescu - Caprice Roumain for violin and orchestra
Stravinsky – "Firebird"
......This was an amazing evening. Much better than what I saw the other night. These people really form an orchestra. They sing together, listen to eachother. The brass section was incredible, especially during "Firebird". It was a real pleasure listening to them. During the first part of the concert I stayed at my place. after the interval I went to the upper part of the hall. Even if most of the people think it's better to stay close to the stage, it's not. at least not for symphonic concerts. If you have to choose, go the balcony (or upper part). Perfect view and hearing.
......At the end of the concert Mr Kitajenco received a medal from our Minister of Culture, Mr Paleologu, in the name of the President of the Republic. The same kind of medal that Mr Vengerov received last evening. I don't know the exact translation in English. In Romanian it is Ordinul „Meritul Cultural”, Categoria B (Muzica) in grad de Cavaler. It's a award for the acomplishments of a certain artis given by the institution of Presidency.
......A few more words about this medal, for those interested. There is a certain number of medals that are given for life. When the owner of a medal dies, the place is empty so somebody else can be awarded. More details here.
......These are the foreign artists that received this medal. But the list is not updated. That's all I found. The list stops in 2004. I know that Remus Azoitei received this award in 2005.
2003 Kremer, Gidon Pianist (Letonia)
2003 Marzendorfer, Ernst Conductor (Austria)
2003 Mehta, Zubin Conductor (India)
2003 Plasson, Michel Conductor (Franţa)
2003 Văduva, Leontina Soprano (Franţa)
2003 Foster, Lawrence Conductor (SUA)
2003 Cosma, Vladimir Composer, (France)
2004 Grindea, Carola Piano teacher, (Italy)
2004 Rostropovici, Mstislav Cello/Conductor
......Hailed as "an uninhibited virtuoso, with soul and fabulous technique" by The Strad, the Romanian-born violinist Remus Azoitei has achieved international acclaim since his concerto debut at the age of eight. Since then, he has performed extensively as a soloist with all the major orchestras in Romania, as well as being a featured soloist with various ensembles in Europe, North America and Japan. He held a full scholarship to study with Itzhak Perlman, and Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard School in New York, where he obtained his Master Degree, as well as Maurice Hasson at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He studied also at the Bucharest Conservatoire under Daniel Podlovsky.
......As a recitalist, Remus Azoitei has performed in venues such as Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center and CAMI Hall (New York), St-Martin-in-the-fields and Wigmore Hall (London), also appearing in the Music Festivals of Yokosuka, Cambridge, London, Heidelberg, Paris, Santander, Munich and Bucharest, among others. Remus has been broadcast on the Romanian Cultural Channel, BBC Radio 4, Radio Kishinev, as well as on Concert FM in New Zealand. He has worked with artists such as David Geringas, Nigel Kennedy, Gerard Causee, Adrian Brendel and Konstantin Lifshitz. After his London Wigmore Hall debut in 2004, the Sunday Express wrote that "he delivered a memorable programme in front of a packed Wigmore Hall, and had the crowd cheering. He is one fine musician". In 2005, he performed the Bach Double concerto with Nigel Kennedy, concert broadcast on 19 TV and Radio stations across Europe and North America, including Arte and Mezzo. Here it is.

......In 2007, Remus Azoitei released together with pianist Eduard Stan the entire repertoire for violin and piano by George Enescu, a world premiere project. Launched by Hanssler Classics on 2 CDs, this collection has immediately attracted international acclaim. Remus Azoitei is a prize-winner of international violin competitions in Milan, Weimar, Bucharest and Wellington. In 2005 he received “The Cultural Order”, a decoration offered to him for his achievements by the Romanian President.
......Remus Azoitei is sharing his busy concert schedule with the one of teaching. He was appointed violin professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London in 2001, becoming the youngest ever violin professor in the history of this institution. In 2006, Remus was awarded the title of Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, ARAM. He is the founder of the Enescu Society in London, as well as its Artistic Director.
Remus Azoitei, at the end of his very difficult concert

...... The members of the orchestra waiting to go on stage again. This is the first time I saw the boxes open. I only saw those for double basses. These are for the violins. They put each violin in its small box and then several violins in these big boxes. They are for transportation purposes.

Back on stage.
This is what the artists see from the stage.

Mr Kitajenko

Receiving the medal

......In order to show the gratitude, there was an encore. Sorry, I don't know what it was. If somebody was there and knows, please help. I tried Dvorak, Sostakovici... no result on youtube.

......And now some video examples.

1. Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France - just to hear how they sound like
(Beethoven's 7th Symphony - second movement - Myung-Whun Chung conducting)

2. A goodie :) Stravinsky conducting his own work - Firebird. He's 82 here.

......Good night. And see you tomorrow. I go listen to them again. They're too good to be missed.

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  1. Credeam ca bisul a fost un vals de Shostakovici, asa spuneau si cei din jurul meu. Dar nici eu nu l-am gasit pe youtube.
    Tocmai ti-am descoperit blogul si sunt foarte incantata. Si verde de invidie, desigur.:) Si eu am calatorit in ultimii ani ca sa vad concerte si spectacole de opera, dar tu esti un adevarat globe-trotter. Iti voi fi o fidela cititoare!
    Evindent, subscriu la laudele pentru Orchestra Radio France. Intr-adevar, splendida.

  2. Poate ne si intalnim. Vin la Sala Palatului in fiecare zi. Ai adresa mea de email pe prima pagina.
    Am zis si eu Shostakovici. Dar cum nu am gasit, mai astept impresii.

  3. Buna ziua,

    Excelent post. Sunt de acord cu dvs. ca orchestra franceza a fost mult mai buna. Sunetul era mai legat. Si a noastra era buna dupa ce lua un pic de viteza, asa, cam dupa 5 minute de la inceput.

    In schimb francezii au selectat niste piese mult mai greu accesibile, sau cel putin asa mi s-au parut mie pentru ca experienta mea muzicala nu este nici pe departe vasta.

    Dar banuiesc ca in organizarea festivalelor se dau piesele mai populare orchestrei locale si cele mai dificile/putin cunoscute invitatilor. Ar fi fost ciudat sa fie invers.

    Va felicit pentru blog! Si eu imi doream sa tin exact genul asta de blog, cu poze, videouri si informatii de context.

  4. Francezii au cantat Enescu. Si asta spune tot. Enescu e dificil oricum ar fi luat. Domnul Azoitei a spus ca si-au batut un pic capul cu el.
    Nu cred ca asa se atribuie piesele. Dirijorul alege. Si in functie de posibilitatile orchestrei. Diseara vor fi piese la fel de populare ca cele de aseara. Rachmaninov, Ceiakovsky...
    Orchestra va fi la inaltime si de data aceasta. Si dupa ei vin altii din ce in ce mai buni. De fapt este greu sa se stabileasca o ierarhie.

    Multumesc pentru felicitari. Mai astept comentarii/sugestii. Poate in final descopar ce a fost la bis.