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The famous singer Carmina Burana, again at the Romanian Athenaeum


The program consists of the Symphony “Mathis der Maler” by Paul Hindemith and “Carmina Burana” by Carl Orff, with guest soloists Marta Sandu-Ofrim (soprano), Valentin Racoveanu (tenor) and Iordache Basalic (baritone). The coordinator of the “George Enescu” Philharmonic Choir is Iosif Ion Prunner. The concerts will also benefit from the extraordinary participation of the Children’s Choir of the Bucharest National Opera, coordinated by the choirmaster Smaranda Morgovan.

Symphony Mathis der Maler, written between 1933 and 1934 by Paul Hindemith, it was inspired by the painter Matthias Grünewald, who lived in sixteenth-century Germany. The first audition for the symphony (Berlin, March 12, 1934) was a success, while the opera of the same title was banned in Germany. As a result of Nazi pressure, Hindemith left Germany for the United States, obtained American citizenship in 1946, and spent the last decade of his life in Switzerland. “The Mathis der Maler Symphony, perhaps to a greater extent than the opera of the same name, carries with it a message from the composer, which affirms the importance of art being autonomous, beyond political pressures,” says musicologist Octavia-Anahid Dinulescu.

“George Enescu” Philharmonic Choir, conducted by Iosif Ion Prunner

Carmina Burana it is based on medieval poetic texts from the 11th and 12th centuries, mainly in Latin. The cantata written by Carl Orff was based on a collection of 13th-century songs and verses found in the archives of a Benedictine monastery in Bavaria. The lyrics are bahic hymns, erotic love songs and blasphemous parodies of the liturgy, with a moralizing message of rejection of wealth. “Like Hindemith, who was born in the same year (1895), Carl Orff is concerned with attracting music through systematic education, with a strong emphasis on elementary music education. Carmina burana it is a creation without complexes and that is why it has enjoyed and is enjoying a total audience in front of any audience, from anywhere “, states the musicologist Vladimir Popescu-Deveselu.

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The British conductor Leo Hussain is recognized as one of the most important performers of his generation of Mozart’s music, as well as of the second Viennese school and of the masterpieces of the twentieth century. Leo Hussain studied at Cambridge University and the Royal Academy of Music in London. Soon after, his career was marked by success at the Salzburg Festival, where he was Simon Rattle’s assistant at the Berlin Philharmonic and Valery Gherghiev at the Vienna Philharmonic. He has also worked closely with other prestigious conductors, such as Daniel Barenboim and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Leo Hussain frequently conducts performances at the Theater an der Wien, and in 2016 he made a very well-received debut with critics at the Royal Opera House – Covent Garden with the opera Oedipus by Enescu, described in the Sunday Times as “an impactful musical performance. overwhelming ”. Leo Hussain’s other lyrical theater successes include Richard Strauss – Capriccio (at the Santa Fe Opera), Britten – The Rape of Lucretia (for the Glyndebourne Festival Opera), and performances at La Monnaie Bruxelles, English National Opera, Bavarian State Opera and Berlin State Opera.

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Thursday and Friday, June 2 and 3

“George Enescu” Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
19.00, Great Hall of the Romanian Athenaeum






Time schedule

Paul Hindemith

Mathis der Maler Symphony

Carl Orff

Carmina Burana

Choir conductor


With the extraordinary participation of the Children’s Choir of the Bucharest National Opera

Choir master


Online tickets, accessing the website www.fge.org.ro – “Calendar” section. Once purchased tickets 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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