Enescu festival ends with concert by Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam

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Enescu Festival ended at the Palace Hall on Sunday with a concert performed by Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam conducted by Andris Nelsons. The performance of one of the orchestras ranked among the top three in the world comprised “No. 2 Symphony in Re major, op.73 by Johannes Brahms, “No.2 Rhapsody in Re major, op.11” by George Enescu and “Daphnis and Chloe no. 2” by Maurice Ravel.

However, the concert was shadowed again by some technical problems with the sound system, causing a disturbing noise both for the members of the orchestra and also for the audience. The sound problems were heard at the recall of Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, while performing “Clair de Lune” by Claude Debussy.

The authorities have been promising to build a new performance hall for many years in order to avoid the numerous sound problems, but nothing happened so far.

Before the second part of the Sunday’s concert, Romanian Culture minister Ionut Vulpescu delivered a speech tackling this problem. “I am convinced that the way we can organize such a large event, we can also provide it with the some good deployment conditions up to its standards, including a concert hall in compliance with the requests of this century start,” Culture minister said.

Romania’s incapacity to provide a proper concert hall prompted that many artists refused to perform at Enescu Festival. The most recent such stance was adopted by the festival’s artistic director, Ioan Hollender, who announced this was the last edition that he managed as artistic director.

“I regret that, despite all attempts, interventions and promises that all Romanian presidents and almost all prime ministers acting after the Revolution delivered me, including the Bucharest mayor, no project for a decent concert hall has ever been initiated,” Holender was saying on September 3, before Berlin Philharmonic’s concert.


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