encore: song for Romanian affinity Day
Bob Sherman: whats up each person. i am Bob Sherman. Tonight, pianist Matei Varga, violinist Cristian Fatu, and cellist Mihai Marica are here in the studio. The enhanced to anticipate Romania s national break on this version of the younger Artists exhibit.
in reality, each Wednesday is a sort of musical holiday right here as we apprehend tremendous pieces played by using extraordinary younger potential for which we re appropriately beholden for the underwriting generosity of the Harold W McGraw Jr. family unit groundwork. I bet every person loves Enescu s Romanian arrangement, however ll be a primary listening to for me, and that i suspect a lot of our admirers, when Cristian Fatu, Mihai Marica, and Matei Varga start our festivities in the ambit, which I think is the interpretation of Enescu s carol Lointaine.
What a stunning piece. Wow. And we re listening to it for the first time, as a minimum I, on this all-Romanian version of our younger Artists exhibit, Enescu s carol Lointaine. I need to accost our delicate performers, two of whom are returning alumni of the young Artists exhibit, pianist Matei Varga, who helped prepare trendy pre-break event and cellist Mihai Marica, whom we met in because the cellist of the Amphion string Quartet. That leaves the most welcome first timer here within the violinist, Cristian Fatu. and you re in a string quartet too, I consider.
Cristian Fatu: yes, it truly is, uh, appropriate. Uh, i m based in, uh, Charleston, West Virginia. and that i m aboriginal violin in the Montclaire string Quartet. And we are primarily based with the West Virginia accompaniment university,
Bob Sherman: Uh huh and Matei Varga acceptable lower back. And firstly, inform us what is that this holiday? I look it up and that i don t locate anything bright reduce. It does not seem to be ability Day. I have no idea what s it?
Matei Varga: neatly, it s like ability Day, except that americans had been very sparkling to position it in July where every person can also be outside and accept a barbecue and Romanians perhaps as a result of we are in the east and a little gloomier in spirit, we simply accept it on December st back it all the time rains or snows.
however is almost affinity day, uh, which we are able to rejoice even more so in because it s years due to the fact that actual ancient experience.
Bob Sherman: I see. and there s yet another hundred-year anniversary we ll talk about in, in a little while.
Bob Sherman: however what s your experience with Hungarian music? How plenty of it did you know, and do you play?
Bob Sherman: smartly, i m pondering ahead to Bartók that you are going to do yet, and he is sort of a foreigner anyway, however
Matei Varga: Oh, he turned into born in Romania. he is a Romanian. you may have been apprenticed.
Matei Varga: well, he is an adopted Romanian and he adored Enescu, and he adored Romanian people. And as you re going to see within the Romanian dances, there may be lots of that. And alike in some of his, not always called afterwards Romanian, uh, folks pieces, but you could still apprehend one of the most Romanian folk aspects.
Bob Sherman: Which brings up a different question. I say Enescu, you say in Enescu. Is that potato potato, is that that kind of component?
Matei Varga: No, it s simply since the catastrophe of, uh, E-S-U didn t complete decent in any respect in French, and Enescu spent most of his life, maybe no longer most, however a huge a part of his lifestyles in France. So, all Romanians who in reality immigrated to France modified their, the ending of their name. And Enescu is actually a very normal, uh, ending of a Romanian family name.
Bob Sherman: And Bartóokay changed into in all places round. I suggest, he become regarded part of your country wide consciousness.
Matei Varga: smartly, he became everywhere round in terms of his, uh, his headshot and tons of his song. i m no longer reasonably as ancient as. As that. So, you Oh,
Matei Varga: yes, of course. I imply, we, we did develop up with, uh, the consciousness of, of Bartóokay perhaps more so than somewhere else in addition to an Enescu of route. And Lipatti, which we are able to get to.
Bob Sherman: and that is the reason what we re … that s the other bazaar i have been, uh, hinting round to, we are going to get to that, uh, presently, however we are activity to listen to the, um, Bartóok s Romanian Dances and it says here, organized by way of Zoltán. And someone suggested it for me.
Matei Varga: Székely. sure. Oh, smartly, Mihai is from Transylvania, so you should address that query to him as a result of, you recognize, they re actual multilingual there and, uh, I suppose additionally, uh, more more likely to accent, well, Hungarian names.
Mihai Marica: smartly, i will, I, I hope I batten Hungarian. unluckily, I, I ignored my chance to be taught. Uh, however Székely, I believe i m at ease announcing.
Matei Varga: okay. you then re correct. I should still comprehend too as a result of Varga is truly a Hungarian name, but shame on me. I don t communicate Hungarian yet.
Cristian Fatu: well, the, the piece became written in and uh, we have to keep in mind that Bartóok changed into one of the vital first ethnomusicologists on earth. So in fact, he catholic, uh, around the location the place he lived in Romania, in Hungary, all over the place, uh, eastern Europe. He went even as far as Africa to compile, uh, folks tunes. And there are even some reels on some, you comprehend, very historical class of, of recording that nonetheless exist from his journeys. And, and there you have, you recognize, his fantastic adulation for folks song and for Romanian folk song.
So, in , he smooth this, uh, Romanian folks dances from Hungary. That turned into the fashioned title of the allotment. but then of course, in , again, uh, Transylvania became a part of Romania once the Habsburg s empire dissolved after the first apple battle. So, he modified the appellation to just Romania Dances. And, uh, it changed into long-established written for piano. I think I already stated that. after which, uh, Székely, uh, organized it for violin and piano, which form of creates a very first-class activating, uh, accent and, and, uh, talk between both devices.
Bob Sherman: All appropriate. might also we communicate between your two gadgets? we can! Cristian Fatu and Matei Varga and the music of Bartóokay.
it truly is wonderful being here in our young Artists flat. We heard the Romanian Dances of Béla Bartóok and the performers right here, Cristian Fatu and Matei Varga. come on lower back to the table, Cristian, any, uh, fiddlers in your family as a result of that blitz of energy on the conclusion there articulate, uh, like you could be aesthetic respectable with the nightingale or a type of issues,
Cristian Fatu: you recognize, uh, I, I get that, uh, question, uh, often. Uh, right here in the States, um, as a result of, of this classification of track or, or this class of power that, you recognize, develops on the stage. however the reply is, I increase a liking for, for Romanian music, for folks music or average music after I came to the us. I don’t be aware of why it truly is. It one way or the other makes me believe closer to home playing this track that it turned into back i was dwelling in Romania.
Bob Sherman: And now we re activity to listen to a piece for cello and piano by means of Paul Constantinescu. And the… you at the end suggested he hasn t moved to Paris. inform us about the composer. Mihai. I don t know him at all.
Mihai Marica: I definitely don t know lots about his historical past, but, uh, this allotment we re about to comedy for you referred to as Canten vechi, which interprets to historic music, uh, or, uh, tune from the previous is one that I grew up listening to plenty. It could be my aboriginal time taking part in it with Matei, so i am very excited. however, um, the sounds that he creates is awfully evocative. I feel Enescu additionally does this very, very wonderfully Bartóok too, within the allotment you just heard. The, um, access with harmonics the place he is assuming the complete of a canal is, um, one element that I feel comes from Romanian and Hungarian subculture that is actual present within the agreeable accent and i suppose it has some thing to do with apple, in fact where these people were from and what, how they re angry to uh, region, and i suppose maybe Cristian, you started, uh, having fun with the common song if you moved here as a result of this kind of anxious, right? perhaps there is a unique observe in Romanian dor it is kind of, to construe,
Matei Varga: definitely, very hard to translate, however you could doubtless do highest quality saying
Matei Varga: yes. there s always pain there. all the time, always. yes. historically and emotionally, actually.
Bob Sherman: All correct, i m equipped for all of the pain which you can administer guys. Uh, so here is the music of Paul Constantinescu. it s for cello and piano. Our cellist is Mihai Marica, our pianist, Matei Varga.
yet another actual beautiful piece i am encountering for the primary time, the historic track of Paul Constantinescu. And we have now heard it performed here through cellist Mihai Marica and pianist Matei Varga. All right. we will capture a short time out and then track of Lipatti, Enescu, and alike a bit Dinicu at last. So, angle by here in the McGraw family unit s younger Artists show off.
i m Bob Sherman, and we re searching ahead just a number of days now to the Romanian national break unification Day, I feel is kind of how you declared it. And, uh, well, the “you” that I just called Matei Varga. And one of the most other features that we ve got variety of affected on or simply in short mentioned and mentioned we ll get lower back to it, is the centennial of the exceptional Romanian pianist, Dinu Lipatti.
So, as I bear in mind it, you now not best admire, Lipatti as we all do, however accept truly developed, form of address recitals about him, is that right?
Matei Varga: sure, and i m captivated to do it right here in the States where it ought to be observed his name isn t as neatly-known as, uh, it is in Romania and maybe in in another areas in Europe, which is comprehensible. Of route, he lived lengthy in the past. He died so young at best . As a be counted of fact, uh, December st is affinity Day and a Romanian break, and December nd is a, uh, celebration as a result of it is basically the day Lipatti birthday party died in at the age of . i m delighted to be in a position to carry to you tonight and uh, to the audience who involves my performances in long island a few of his piano works. Few americans understand that he had an immense appetite to be a great artisan. Of path, he grew up with Enescu. He was baptized, uh, musically with the aid of George Enescu, and he had some impressive teachers in Romania and a few remarkable lecturers in Paris with whom he advised amongst them, Nadia Boulanger, Paul Dukas.
And he definitely, truly had this notable need to turn into a a lot more prolific artisan than he truly, uh, changed into as a result of course he died so younger. but there is some outstanding makes an attempt, one in every of which i will allotment with you tonight, the romantic Sonata, which become, uh, alleged to be a huge-scale allotment, but regrettably, he only completed the primary move.
So, or not it s a sonata in one movement. Of handiest six minutes, which was most effective, uh, posted, um, at the conclusion of in Romania. So, i m bringing this to you as a extremely large best. i will cautiously say that WQXR has by no means broadcast the recording.
Matei Varga: It has been in Romania. It has been in, uh, with the abutment of the musicologist and song critics, of path, because it s an amateurish piece, i m bold that it became accustomed less consideration that a few of, than a few of his complete and perhaps a bit, uh, more advantageous accepted works.
Matei Varga: It definitely did. i m very keen on this allotment and that i desired to, um, application it tonight for motives. One is, uh, because I think in below six account it truly, uh, gives you a abounding graphic of what Lipatti changed into as a composer and extra so as a performer as well. He became noted for astounding adroitness, which changed into always commutual with excellent adroitness, speaking about awesome adroitness and with, uh, with a definite fireplace always filled with magnificence.
and that i believe that this allotment, uh, it be, it became accounting by way of him, and it basically reflects his fashion and his behavior as a artist. additionally, I have covered it in my upcoming recording, which may be launched in April.
Matei Varga: , which is a tribute now not best to Lipatti, but to impressive pianists, composers who died actual younger, of course, Lipatti actuality certainly one of them. Uh, so here is a bit examination of what you will be in a position to hear on the recording that.
Bob Sherman: Uh huh. very decent. well, Matei, if you will, thank you. we are able to have certainly a primary listening to, probably a advertisement highest quality of Dinu Lipatti s Sonata Romantica.
A astounding piece indeed, the Sonata Romantica, the first move, which is unluckily all that there s of Dinu Lipatti performed here in the studio by using Matei Varga. smartly, our other two visitors had been enjoying this with me and, uh, we re going to place Mihai Marica and Cristian Fatu again to work. and that i guess aboriginal up is Mihai. appear inform us concerning the Enescu cello sonata. a further allotment I, uh, remorseful about to say I have no idea very a lot about, and i don t believe I ve anytime heard, truly.
Mihai Marica: well, it be in reality my aboriginal time performing this piece again with uh, and because of Matei who, um, who s recorded it earlier than. Um, I understand it was written back he changed into practically sixteen years ancient, so it be a extremely young piece.
besides the fact that children he had been basic with works that, uh, were stated as aboriginal as the age of five.
Mihai Marica: So, eleven years into his basic profession, he came up with, uh, this cello sonata. Now there s a further, uh, cello sonata that he wrote just a few years later it truly is in four movements. This one only has one and additionally in F minor.
I ve performed the nd cello sonata. this is a piece that he wrote a great deal, uh, later, fairly a couple of instances. no longer the aboriginal works, but what it reminds me of, um, is one aboriginal assignment of his that you just might also have heard, which is the octet, the string octet, um, a chunk that became written when he become , and it s a bit of in, um, in mood.
or not it s bigger than life, actually. In C important, very animated and kind of proud of its abandon as smartly. And in this first cello Sonata, I see elements that form of preface the type of autograph that he does a few years later. And also, I sense an excellent account for Brahms in his, uh, writing.
Bob Sherman: All appropriate, neatly you can t go base with that aggregate, i d say. So, if we may also, Matei, you are nonetheless on the piano, and, uh, if, uh, Mihai, you ll go returned to the cello. we are able to delight in a further aboriginal right here on our younger Artists show off, this, uh, studio performance of the Sonata in F minor # of George Enescu.
we have definitely had some captivating firsts here in our studio these days. This the Sonata in F minor, the tune of George Enescu, and we have heard it here most wonderfully performed through Mihai Marica and Matei Varga. i m going to call back Cristian Fatu as a result of, uh, you will have been called the historian of the group right here, and just as I mentioned, I believe on the actual alpha that we all comprehend the Romanian arrangement of Enescu, but we don t of path be aware of a whole lot of his different song. well, all of us know the Hora Staccato of Dinicu.
Bob Sherman: but you a accept introduced us one more piece and it says right here that or not it s by using two Dinicu s. So, what s all that about?
Cristian Fatu: well, this Dinicu comes from a, from a agreeable family unit, and that i accept as true with his uncle, appropriate? He was additionally a famous musician and, uh, and also, he wrote some, some music. So likely it s the reference you ve got there, but no, uh,
Cristian Fatu: after which he came to, to the States and Jascha Heifetz heard him on the radio, and he concept he is the best violinist alive.
Cristian Fatu: sure. Yeah, that he become the only one that Heifetz observed that about. And no Romania get together can exist without Skylark or Ciocarlia as its uh, referred to as in Romanian. it s a, or not it s a extremely enjoyable track. it s a dance. So, expensive listeners if you think like dancing, simply let your body go. Your feet will recognize what to do. however don t do that when you are using.
Bob Sherman: Yeah, that s true. That wouldn t, wouldn t assignment too smartly. All appropriate, so we re going to do, uh, fly with the Skylark right here.
Cristian Fatu: yes sure, yes. and that i do motivate you to pay consideration. within the middle we now have a, a little area, which, uh, we ve some hen imitations. You know, there is a word announcing that, uh, um, Romania frate cu codrul: the Romanian is brother of the forest. So, um, so we now have a, a bit, um, achievement happening there.
Bob Sherman: indeed. right here we ve The Skylark, Cristian Fatu the violinist, Matei Varga our pianist.
smartly, I feel, uh, previous Cristian Fatu stated that no Romanian get together would be finished devoid of Dinicu s Skylark, and it has definitely proved to be a fabulous topper to our discuss with today and our early social gathering of Romania s ability or unification Day.
So, great due to Cristian Fatu, to Mihai Marica, and of course to Matei Varga. Matei, is there satisfactory other tune of this exquisite and unknown model as a result of I feel you talked about that the next year, , in, in November, December might be the bazaar of the nation itself? So, you acquired ample to deliver us yet another, uh, circular of issues?
Matei Varga: we ve almost aching the floor. imagine that. Enesco wrote two stunning piano sonatas, extraordinarily complex, extremely alluring, considered one of which I even have recorded for Naxos a couple of years in the past. He also wrote two astounding cello sonatas, the real cello sonatas as a result of this one became an aboriginal allotment and does not even accept opus number.
and of course, he, he wrote violin, piano sonatas, that are of direction very neatly prevalent or as, as well referred to as Enescu goes. sure, exactly. And. definitely, uh, in astounding,
Matei Varga: And other composers artlessly. I imply, there s a lot more of Lipatti, there is much more of Paul Constantinescu and there is Mihail Jora who was a superb friend of Enescu and uh, mentor for young Dinu Lipatti, who become a massive artisan, but a practically alien outside of Romania. Of direction, there are some brilliant, um, extra recent composers. Um, a few of whom truly I feel all three of us had the privilege of assembly and, uh, speaking to and maybe even taking part in for, you recognize, after we were nonetheless residing in Romania. So, i would be captivated to carry a lot more to you sooner or later.
Bob Sherman: All right, sounds first rate. And once more, many because of all of you. you may have accustomed us a very, actual particular hour certainly.
Bob Sherman: and i ll adjourn for our remaining words from our benefactor in chief. right here comes Terry McGraw.
Terry McGraw: there are lots of styles of young artists on the younger Artists exhibit. This past yr we had an amazing -yr-old American pianist and an astonishing sixteen- months-ancient violinist from china. whereas some major prize winners are emerging into abundance in their mid-s. The point is that each time splendid capabilities come up, or not it s our responsibility to spread the notice, and it s our pleasure to permit you to relish their tune. a week on WQXR.
Bob Sherman: thank you, Terry. subsequent week i am overjoyed to say we can accept an extra flat affair here on the young Artists showcase.
The numbered award-profitable violinist, Tessa distraction should still be one more are living tune hour you ll no longer wish to miss. in the meantime, I try never to leave out an opportunity of cogent my abysmal acknowledgment for the personal support of Terry McGraw and the generous underwriting of the family unit foundation called for his dad, Harold W McGraw Jr., both of which have stored us moving a pace towards our th ceremony on WQXR.
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