Martha and Nelson_George Enescu Festival_15.09.2007

George Enescu International Festival
(or how the most famous European orchestras and soloists come to Bucharest every 2 years)

......For every concert goer this is a real treat. You watch Mezzo or Arte. Listen to BBC3, Radio France or Radio Muzical. You hear about Orchestre de Paris, Europa Galante, Russian National Orchestra, Camerata Lysy, Zubin Mehta, Sir Colin Davis, Valery Gergiev, Nelson Freire, Martha Argerich, Pincas Zucherman, Joshua Bell, Sarah Chang.... they are all big names. And they and many other gather to Bucharest, once in 2 years, to sing/conduct/perform for Romanians. Bucharest is proud to welcome them. The Palace Hall, Opera House and the Athenaeum are full every evening. People run from one place to another. 5pm - Athenaeum - 7:30pm - Palace Hall - 10pm - Athenaeum. Once or twice at the Opera. It's a rush. 3 weeks of the best music possible.

......I have a lot of memories from 2005 and 2007. In September 2009 the Festival starts again. Don't miss anything. The world's best are doing us a favour.

......I admire Mrs Argerich a lot. After a career of more than 30 years she's still in good shape, always giving the best of each score. In 2007 she came to Bucharest for the first time. And she didn't come alone. She also brought three of her best friends. The pianist Nelson Freire and the conductors Michel Plasson and Charles Dutoit. Martha and Nelson had one concert each at the Palace Hall and they also gave a recital at the Athaeneum. I talked to her. First time, at the Athenaeum I just said hello and congratulated her on the concert. The second time, at the Palace Hall, she was more relaxed. She recognized me and asked why i came again. I told her I wanted to see her off stage. how she talkes, smiles, how she thinks about the concert and audience. these people are so famous. But they still have a smile and a nice thought for their fans.

Wednesday, September 12th 2007
Palace Hall
`GEORGE ENESCU` Philharmonic
Soloist: NELSON FREIRE - piano
Program: Dumitru Capoianu – Oda
Frederic Chopin – Concert for piano and orchestra in F minor, op 21
Cesar Franck – Symphony in D minor, op 48

Friday, September 14th 2007
Program: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Sonata in D major for four hands, KV 381
Robert Schumann - `Kinderszenen`, op. 15 (Martha Argerich)
Serghei Rahmaninov - Suite no.2 for 2 pianos op. 17
Witold Lutoslavski -Variation on a theme by N.Paganini for 2 pianos
Claude Debussy - Coltul copiilor - (Nelson Freire)
Maurice Ravel - `Valse` for 2 pianos

Saturday, September 15th
Palace Hall
Soloist: MARTHA ARGERICH - pian o
Program: Igor Stravinski – `Divertimento` on a theme from the ballet`The kiss of the Fair`
Ludwig van Beethoven – Concert for piano and orchestra #1 in C major, op 15
Serghei Prokofiev – Suite ` Romeo si Julieta`, op. 64

The Romanian Athenaeum, before the Recital
Martha and Nelson, receiving standing ovations

.....After the Recital I went backstage. The two artists rested for a while, changed and then came to talk to people and sign autographs.

Martha Argerich

Nelson Freire
This is from Martha's Concert, on the third day. Mr Dutoit conducting.

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