Enescu Festival’s Concerts Return To Mezzo
Between September 5 and October 27, 2020, Mezzo – the European leader for classical music on television – will broadcast three concerts from the 2019 George Enescu International Festival. Two out of the three concerts present works by Romanian composers: George Enescu’s Symphony No. 2, under the baton of Vladimir Jurowski, Artistic Director of the Enescu Festival, and Adrian Pop’s Solstice for Orchestra. Moreover, two of the most appreciated Romanian musicians of the moment can be watched performing in these concerts – conductor Gabriel Bebeselea and pianist Alexandra Silocea.
The Enescu Festival’s concerts are coming back to Mezzo thanks to the high quality and professionalism of the TV production carried out by TRINITAS TV, the official broadcaster of the 2019 Enescu Festival. The concerts will be broadcasted between September 5 and October 27, 2020, on Mezzo Live HD according to the program announced on their website https://www.mezzo.tv/en/tv-schedule. The Enescu Festival’s partnership with Mezzo has started in 2007, but this is the first time since 2009 when Mezzo broadcasts full-length concerts from the Enescu Festival, due to the high-quality recordings.
The first aired concert presents the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by maestro Lawrence Foster. The performance took place at the Romanian Athenaeum, on September 3, 2019, with a program that included Adrian Pop – Solstice for Orchestra, Chopin – Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11, and Lutosławski – Concerto for Orchestra.
The next broadcasts are two concerts with the State Academic Symphony Orchestra “Evgeny Svetlanov” from Russia. The first performance was conducted by Gabriel Bebeselea, with violinist Ray Chen as soloist. The program included works by Enescu, Korngold, and Tchaikovsky. The second concert, under the baton of Vladimir Jurowski, had pianist Alexandra Silocea as the soloist. Alongside Enescu‘s Symphony No. 2 in A major, the program included also works by Retinsky and Shostakovich.
The 24th edition of the Enescu Festival was a successful musical marathon, which gathered in celebration of George Enescu’s legacy over 2,500 world-renowned artists from over 50 countries, in 84 concerts, and lasted for 23 days. The largest edition of the Festival so far took place in Bucharest, as well as in other 10 Romanian cities and six cities in the world, catching the attention of an estimated total of 250,000 music lovers, who enjoyed the atmosphere of the Festival not only in concert halls, but also in live broadcasts, alternative concerts, and various music-inspired events throughout the country.
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