Berliner Philharmoniker, one of the top ten best rated orchestras in the world and named “world’s best orchestra” in 2008 (The Gramophone) opens the 2019 edition of the George Enescu International Festival, with two concerts that will take place on August 31 and September 1, 2019.
The renowned Berliner Philharmoniker opens the 2019 edition of the George Enescu International Festival, and the two concerts it will give are scheduled for August 31 and September 1. The Berlin Philharmoniker’s confirmation comes after the orchestra participated in the 2015 edition of the Enescu Festival, accepting the invitation after 15 years of negotiating. After the concert given at the Palace Hall on September 3, 2015, the Berliner Philharmoniker management decided to return, after the reaction of the Romanian audience and the way its musicians were received at the Enescu Festival.
“The fact that the Berliner Philharmoniker decided to give two concerts at the 2019 edition of the Enescu Festival, and not just one, is an event in itself”, said Mihai Constantinescu, executive manager of the Enescu Festival, for the media.
The orchestra will be conducted by Kirill Petrenko, who follows Sir Simon Rattle at the helm.
Considered “world’s best orchestra” (The Gramophone, 2008), Berliner Philharmoniker is also one of the most exacting. At the 2015 edition of the George Enescu International Festival, 11 tons of equipment were transported to Bucharest for the Berliner Philharmoniker’s concert, a record weight in the history of the Festival.
The 2017 edition of the George Enescu International Festival (September 2-24) will open on September 2, 2017 with the best known and most appreciated opera of the composer George Enescu – “Oedipe”, in the concert version, performed by London Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Vladimir Jurowski, with the participation of the “George Enescu” Philharmonic Choir and of the Radio Children’s Choir. The 2017 edition marks another premiere in international development: “Oedipe”, in this concert version and with the same artists, will also be presented in London, on September 23.
The 2017 edition will also see another premiere: Chinese pianist Lang Lang – a superstar of classical music – and the tenor Jonas Kaufmann, a landmark in opera music performances around the world.
37 works by George Enescu will be performed at this edition, among them being the Symphony No. 3 by George Enescu, performed by the Accademia di Santa Cecilia Orchestra, under the baton of the renowned conductor Antonio Pappano.
From the 2017 edition onwards, George Enescu International Festival will be heading to a new stage of international development, with its directors Zubin Mehta – Honorary President and Vladimir Jurowski – Artistic Director.