Enescu Festival Videos Available Live + 12 Hours

The Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest, host of the George Enescu International Festival
The interior of the Romanian Athenaeum, built toward the end of the 19th c. and restored after WWII
The stage of the Romanian Athenaeum before a concert with pianist Alexandra Dariescu this September

I was doing some graphic design work on Zazzle while listening to Enescu’s Piano Trio in G minor live from the Romanian Athenaeum, and I thought I should write this short post about the festival, letting all of you know that the videos go live on the festival’s website and remain available there for an extra 12 hours. After spending four wonderful evenings in the concert halls of the Athenaeum and the Palace Hall, I have the great pleasure of enjoying more concerts while I do my computer work, including some amazing pieces of the 21st century. The festival is on until September 26, so you too have a chance to listen to up to eighteen more performances until Sunday.

Disclosure: This blog post contains some affiliate links. If you click on them and make purchases, they generate revenue for this blog at no additional cost to you. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. All affiliate links on this blog are identified as such. Here’s my Full Disclosure.

As you may know, the George Enescu Festival is a large classical music festival held in honor of Romania’s greatest composer, violinist, pianist, conductor, and professor. The festival started in 1958, soon after Enescu’s death three years previously, with a memorable edition that included Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins in D minor with Yehudi Menuhin and David Oistrakh (a piece that happens to be one of my best loved of all classical music). Here’s a recording on YouTube with Mehunin and Oistrakh from the same year. Enescu was Menuhin’s mentor; the two had an amazing connection.

If you wish to learn more about Menuhin’s interesting life, here’s the book Yehudi Menuhin: A Life (Northeastern UP, 2000), from Humphrey Burton, which I’m about to order soon.

Back to the festival, the 1958 edition also staged Enescu’s opera Œdipe, which I found fascinating some two decades ago, when I saw it performed in Bucharest as part of the festival. Here’s an EMI recording (affiliate link) with José van Dam, Barbara Hendricks, Brigitte Fassbaender, Marjana Lipovsek et al. from 1989 with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Monte Carlo directed by Lawrence Foster.

And here’s a page with more about the Enescu festival, from its beginnings until 2013, on Wikipedia. Since 2001 the festival has been taking place every two years, and these days the Enescu competition is put on in the alternate years. With Covid messing things up, the 2020 competition was held this year.

To the joys of classical music, and a healthier, happier life,

Mira

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s