Richard Whitehouse writes... Tuesday November 28 at Cadogan Hall sees a rare appearance in the UK by Cristian Mandeal, the pre-eminent Romanian conductor of his generation who made a memorable appearance at this year's Enescu Festival with the Philharmonia Orchestra. The centenary of pianist Dinu Lipatti, who died when only thirty-three, will be marked by a performance of his Concertino in Classical Style, an engaging piece which enriches its neoclassical elegance with elements of folk music in the manner of his mentor George Enescu. The soloist is Alexandra Dariescu, whose recent recording of Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto - also featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - has been widely praised. In the first half she tackles the equally popular Piano Concerto by Grieg. The programme begins with Enescu's First Romanian Rhapsody, whose energy and panache established his reputation with audiences the world over, and closes with Tchaikovsky's sweepingly impassioned evocation of Dante's ill-fated lovers as portrayed in Francesca da Rimini. The concert is being presented in association with the Romanian Cultural Institute.

 

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