Revolving around the fascinating personality of legendary composer, musicologist and educator, this celebratory, one-month programme recalls the genius of Pascal Bentoiu, who passed away at the age of 88 last year, through two concerts complemented by an exhibition and a talk.
On 7 April, the great musician’s artistic legacy is discussed by music critics Mihai Cosma and Richard Whitehouse and illustrated by soprano Ioana Bentoiu, the great composer’s daughter, and pianist Lena Vieru Conta. The programme features Robert Schumann’s “Frauenliebe und Leben” op. 42, one of Bentoiu’s favourite songs cycles, George Enescu’s “Sept chansons de Clément Marot” and his own “Eminesciana II” cycle, inspired by iconic Romanian poet Mihai Eminescu.
The event, part of our “Enescu Concerts” Series, is completed by the private view of “Pascal Bentoiu – His Life and Works”, a photographic exhibition curated by Irina Niţu and produced by “George Enescu” National Museum in Bucharest.
- When: Friday, 7 April 2017 from 19:00 to 21:00
- Where: Romanian Cultural Institute – 1 Belgrave Square London SW1X 8PH
- Tickets: Entrance is free but it is required to book your ticket on Eventbrite. Please note that the seating is unreserved.
On 29 April, the celebratory month concludes with a showcase of Bentoiu’s fantastic orchestral skills, celebrated at St James’s Church, Sussex Gardens with Enescu’s Symphony No. 4 in E minor (completed by Bentoiu) in the interpretation of Oberon Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Samuel Draper. Also in the programme: Gustav Mahler – “Blumine”, Bela Bartók – “Romanian Folk Dances” and Franz Schubert – Andante in B minor from Symphony No. 10 in D.
- When: Saturday, 29 April, 7pm
- Where: St James’s Church, Sussex Gardens, Paddington, London, W2 3UD
- Tickets: £10 and £6 (concessions).
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