Here is a link to a YouTube video of Cristian Mandeal conducting Enescu’s Romanian Rhapsody No.1 played by the Romanian National Symphony Orchestra.
This piece is the focus of the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra’s education programme this season and will be played in our concert at 2.45pm on Sun 5 March (conducted by Cristian Mandeal himself, a renowned Enescu expert and fellow Romanian). Children from local schools will attend our morning rehearsal at Brighton Dome as the culmination of a series of workshops in primary schools across the city.
The piece begins with an improvisatory section in which the main theme is announced by solo clarinet, joined by other solos woodwinds, before being taken up by the orchestra, imitating the sound of a cobza – a plucked folk instrument. Enescu then sets out a succession of increasingly festive scenes from rural life, culminating in the ciocirlia: a Romanian technique imitating bird song, and a brilliant exuberant coda.
Our concert on Sun 5 March opens with the Romanian Rhapsody and then we are joined by the British virtuoso violinist Chloë Hanslip to perform Korngold’s Violin Concerto. (Korngold was an American composer best known for his Hollywood movie scores, including The Adventures of Robin Hood, for which he won an Oscar in 1938). The concert concludes with the ever-popular Elgar’s Symphony No.1.
The whole concert lasts about 2 hours with a 20 minute interval. Tickets range from £12-£37 with a 50% discount available for students and under 18s. www.brightondome.org
We also offer discounted car parking at NCP Church Street – just £6 between 1-6pm.