You may have heard of it, even may want to join this year. But if you haven’t, let me tell you about the George Enescu Festival, one of the biggest classical music festival and classical international competitions in Europe. The first edition of the festival was held in 1958, three years after George Enescu passed away.
But who was George Enescu? As put on the official website of the festival, he was “a genius. A free man. A genuine modern spirit, not only for fashion’s sake. A man of his word. A character. George Enescu, the first Romanian composer who crossed the threshold into the universal cultural heritage, loved equally the cockcrow, the folkloric tones and the thrilling Wagnerian chords”. One of his most beloved compositions is Romanian Rhapsody 1 which, along with Romanian Rhapsody 2, have long held a permanent place in the repertoire of every major orchestra.
This year’s edition is scheduled for September 2 – 24, and some of the world’s most famous orchestras, chamber ensembles and opera companies will perform on stage. The London Symphony Orchestra, The Russian National Orchestra, The Romanian National Youth Orchestra, The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, The Munchener Philharmonic, The Royal Philharmonic London, and Scala di Milano to name just a few. For a more comprehensive schedule of performances, go here.
If you love music and travelling, why don’t you take the opportunity to combine the two, join the festival and visit Bucharest (read what The Telegraph has to say about the Romanian capital here), we promise it will all be worth it.
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