EU’s Baroque Orchestra to open Bucharest Early Music Festival next week

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The opening concert of the tenth edition of Bucharest Early Music Festival is proposing the audience an encounter with the prestigious European Union’s baroque music orchestra- EUBO. The “Inspired by Italy” event is due on October 20, at 7 p.m. at Radio Hall in Bucharest.

The European Union Baroque Orchestra is like no other orchestra: its modus operandi since its foundation in 1985 has been to audition and select new personnel annually. EUBO’s ephemeral existence makes its concerts special: live performances enjoying all the technical accomplishment of the best young baroque musicians in Europe, allied to an infectious undimmed sense of discovery and enjoyment. “The skilful playing of this extraordinary pan-European orchestra…augurs well for the future of Baroque music-making in Europe,” reads the  International Record Review 2014.

Members of EUBO come from all over the EU to gain performing experience, working together under the inspirational leadership of Music Director Lars Ulrik Mortensen and some of the world’s finest baroque musicians. Ton Koopman, Margaret Faultless, Enrico Onofri, Rachel Podger, Riccardo Minasi, Paul Agnew, Gottfried von der Goltz and Stefano Montanari have all been guest directors in recent seasons.

Tours take the talented young orchestra to all corners of Europe – from celebrated city concert halls, to seaside summer festivals, to monasteries nestling in autumnal forests, and to winter celebrations in beautiful churches. And at the centre of these great arcs of European travelling EUBO has established residencies in several cities, most notably as “orchestra-in-residence” in Echternach, Luxembourg, where, with the support of its local partners, it is creating a centre of excellence for baroque music.

Over the years EUBO has recorded several CDs, the last four under the direction of Lars Ulrik Mortensen. The CD release ‘Peace & Celebration’, featuring choral and orchestral works by Handel, was recorded live in concert in London with the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, in September 2013. Gramophone magazine praised “the refreshing spontaneity of this live recording. The rapturous dialogue of Mortensen and his youthful crew…put some more experienced Baroque bands to shame.” EUBO’s recording ‘Pure Handel’ with soprano Maria Keohane was shortlisted for the 2014 Gramophone Awards: “a generous celebration of this estimable organisation’s (EUBO) continuing high achievement. These are live-wire performances, technically excellent and propelled with exactly the right degree of driving energy…” Gramophone August 2014.

Celebrating its 10th edition this year, Bucharest Early Music Festival is one of Romania’s most important art music events and has been ranked forth in top of most attended Bucharest festivals back in 2014 (according to the Cultural Consumption Barometer, made by the National Institute for Research and Cultural Training). Also, the festival is considered the most important early music event in South-Eastern Europe and this year it became a member (the only one in Eastern Europe) of the prestigious European Early Music Network (REMA).

The festival is dedicated to the European early music, from medieval pieces to renaissance music, from baroque to byzantine and Gregorian styles. Early music events will last until November 28.

Tickets are available in Eventim network, Germanos, Orange, Vodafone, Domo stores in Humanitas and Carturesti bookshops and online at www.eventim.ro.

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