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Between classic and romantic, with conductor Christian Badea, at the Romanian Athenaeum


Lohengrin, an opera in three acts, composed by Richard Wagner, was first presented in 1850. The story of the eponymous character is taken from medieval German mythology. Lohengrin comes from the Grail Empire to know man and all his beauty, but, disappointed, he returns to the world where there are no tumultuous passions, only sacred purity.

Concerto in A minor for piano and orchestra, op. 54 by Robert Schumann is considered a prototype of the romantic piano concerto. In 1841, Schumann composed a fantasy for piano and orchestra. His wife, pianist Clara Schumann, urged him to develop this work in a piano concerto. In 1845, the composer added the interlude and completed the work, which became Schumann’s only completed piano concerto. The work premiered in Leipzig on January 1, 1846 with Clara Schumann on piano. The concert affirms “the importance of the balance between the aspiration towards symphony, the solo bravery, the chamber-type details and the audacity to allow the soloist to sometimes become, discreetly, an accompanist”, appreciates the musicologist Octavia-Anahid Dinulescu.

Symphony no. 8, in F major, op. 93 was composed by Ludwig van Beethoven between 1811 and 1812, and was first performed in Vienna on February 27, 1814. The Eighth Symphony is the shortest and most atypical of Beethoven’s symphonic compositions. Of a brilliant and spiritual character, in accordance with the models of Mozart and Haydn, the symphony undoubtedly remains a work of the composer’s artistic maturity by developing the technique of orchestration and harmonic playing. The end of the symphony is crossed by a type of vigorous and impetuous humor, an echo from Haydn, but of authentic Beethoven essence.

Dedicated equally to symphonic music and opera, Christian Badea, first conductor of the George Enescu Philharmonic, has performed on all continents and in the most important opera houses and theaters, including the Metropolitan Opera (New York), the State Opera (Vienna), the Royal Opera (London), Carnegie Hall (New York), Suntory Hall (Tokyo), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam). His career is marked by important collaborations with reference artists of our time – Leonard Bernstein, Mstislav Rostropovici, Placido Domingo, Renée Fleming. Christian Badea has conducted world-class orchestras, including the Royal Philharmonic and BBC Symphony (London), the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Czech Philharmonic, the Amsterdam Philharmonic, the Orchester Philharmonique de Radio France, the Accademia di Santa Cecilia Orchestra (Rome), RAI Orchestra (Turin), Montreal Symphony, Tokyo Philharmonic, Pittsburg Symphony. At the Metropolitan Opera in New York, he has conducted over 160 performances in a wide and varied repertoire. In December 2017, Christian Badea achieved extraordinary success with “Andrea Chénier” by Umberto Giordano at the famous Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, being invited to return in 2019. He conducted at the Sydney Opera House, “Turandot” (November-December 2019, Melbourne) and “Carmen” (January-March 2020, Sydney). At the 2019 George Enescu International Festival in Bucharest, he conducted the St. Petersburg Philharmonic with soloist Vadim Repin, and in the 2021 edition of the Festival, he performed an unforgettable program with works by Enescu, Schumann, Bartok and Wagner (overture to Tannhäuser), together with the Hungarian Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra.

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Pianist Claire Huangci (photo) he began his solo career at the age of ten, when he attended a concert in honor of President Bill Clinton. Numerous prizes followed at international competitions, the most important being the Second Prize at the ARD Competition, in 2011, as the youngest participant. He studied with Elanor Sokoloff and Gary Graffman at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, continuing, since 2007, with Arie Vardi at the Musikhochschule in Hanover. The young soloist’s evolution was marked by her preference for Frédéric Chopin’s music, especially for ballads and sonatas. He won the First Prize at the Chopin Competition in Darmstadt (Germany, 2009) and the First Prize and the Special Prize at the Chopin Competition held in Miami (USA, 2010). Due to these results, Claire Huangci is considered one of the most appreciated performers of Chopin’s music of her generation. The soloist, with a diverse repertoire, performs with renowned orchestras, including Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Symphony Orchestra, China Philharmonic Orchestra, German Radio Philharmonic Saarbrucken, Munich Chamber Orchestra. She has been invited to perform on prestigious stages such as Carnegie Hall in New York, Tonhalle in Zurich, Konzerthaus in Berlin, Gasteig in Munich, Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Salle Cortot in Paris, Oji Hall in Tokyo, Symphony Hall in Osaka. In 2013 he released his debut album with works by Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev at Berlin Classics.

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Thursday, June 16, and Friday, June 17, 2022

Simphonic concert

19.00, the Great Hall of the Romanian Athenaeum

“George Enescu” Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra



Time schedule

Richard Wagner
The prelude to act 3 of Lohengrin’s opera

Robert Schumann
Concerto in A minor for piano and orchestra, op. 54

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony no. 8, in F major, op. 93

Tickets can be purchased:
– From the Ticket Office of the Romanian Athenaeum
Schedule: Tuesday – Friday 12:00 – 19:00. Payment only in cash.

– Online, accessing the website www.fge.org.ro – “Calendar” section. Tickets once purchased are only refundable under the conditions provided by law.

Access to the hall of the Romanian Athenaeum is allowed according to law.

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