Held every night on the stage of the Grand Palace Hall, it is the series that brings together, every two years, the largest audience with the top ensembles of the international classical music world.
Three great London orchestras, two German ensembles (Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and Münchner Philharmoniker), La Scala and Santa Cecilia from Italy, Concertgebouw from Amsterdam – which will end the Festival according to the tradition respected for many years, along with famous orchestras from France, Russia, and Switzerland, present a marathon of diverse and complex programs that highlight better than ever the music of George Enescu and the rarely performed masterpieces of the 20th century.
Continuing the Festival's tradition of staging first auditions, the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra performs Die tote Stadt (The Dead City) by Korngold in concert version, and the National Radio Orchestra presents the opera Der Zwerg (The Dwarf) by Alexander von Zemlinsky on the Grand Palace Hall stage.
The 50th anniversary of Igor Stravinsky's death is honored with the Romanian premieres of his works The Flood and Les Noces, performed by the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, conducted by the Festival's Artistic Director, Vladimir Jurowski. The Stravinsky Year is also celebrated with the presentation of two of his symphonies, two concertos, the opera-oratorio Oedipus rex, and his most appreciated ballets – Le Sacre du Printemps, The Firebird and Petrushka.
A unique feature of the Program is the fact that it offers the public the opportunity to enjoy the complete symphonies of George Enescu performed by great European orchestras, including the 4th and 5th Symphonies completed posthumously by Pascal Bentoiu, which are currently being published in modern editions.
The line-up of the Series announces several must-see appearances and collaborations: conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Paavo Järvi, Valery Gergiev, Cristian Macelaru, Daniele Gatti or José Cura – who dedicated a Te Deum to the 25th edition of the Festival – meet with legendary musicians such as pianists Martha Argerich, Jean Yves Thibaudet, Fazil Say, Khatia Buniatishvili, violinists Hilary Hahn, Maxim Vengerov, Leonidas Kavakos, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, as well as cellists Gautier Capuçon and Daniel Müller-Schott.