Grand Palace Hall
Glinka : Overture to “Ruslan and Ludmila”
Rachmaninov : Concerto no. 2 in C minor op. 18 for piano and orchestra
Enescu : Romanian Rhapsody no. 2 in D major op. 11
Respighi : “Pini di Roma”
Dan Grigore (piano)
”George Enescu” Philharmonic, Sir Neville Marriner (conductor)
The Bucharest Philarmonic Orchestra returned to the Grand Palace Hall stage to perform under the baton of a famous conductor, Sir Neville Marriner, whose name is definitely connected with the founding of the celebrated Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. It was an "expected gain", since one of the important premieres of this Edition of the Festival was the invitation, addressed to world renowned conductors , to lead the most important Romanian orchestras. It was a gain demonstrated from the very first accords of the Ruslan and Ludmila overture, the strings producing a refined sound which, qualitywise, surpassed that of better known ensembles invited to the Festival. Truly, though, it was a gain going in both directions. The Bucharest Philharmonic Orchestra introduced to Sir Neville the Romanian folk melodies, overwhelmingly present in the Enescu’s Second Rhapsody, an universe not easily tangible from the first encounter. An universe that must be known, understood, felt. But the Bucharest instrumentalists have in their veins a solid conception of op. 11 and proved the ability to communicate it in a charming manner.
Dan Grigore was the solosist of the 2-nd Rachmaninov Piano Concerto, a well loved score from the current repertory of the pianist. Postromantic writing was restituted serenely, with soft sounds, in a narration full of emotion. In the encore, Dan Grigore was once more the inequalable virtuoso, stringing perfect pearls after perfect pearls on the keyboard in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee (arrangement by Rachmaninov).
The concert was completed by an attractive version of Respighi’s “Pini di Roma”.