George Enescu Kammersymphonie op. 33 in E-Dur (1954)
GRIGORE LESE BUKAREST
President of the Institutul Cultural Român
STAVROPOLEOS CHOR BUKAREST
Gabriel Constantin Oprea, director
Horia-Roman Patapievici, a high-profi le philosopher and president of the Institutul Cultural Român, will elucidate the cultural importance of the Rumanian popular poem «Mioriţa», an epic ballad with motifs from the life of a shepherd, which, in its archaic signifi cance, is comparable with the «Song of the Nibelungs».
George Enescu (1881-1955), whose works of composition form the highpoint of classical music in Rumania, composed this chamber symphony for twelve instruments in the last few months of his life. Infl uenced as it is by the musical and thematic infl uences of his early youth, this composition can be regarded, by today's standards, as his musical legacy. The Stavropoleos Church in the heart
of Bucharest is one of the few Orthodox churches in Rumania in which the centuries-old tradition of Byzantine church music is still perpetuated. The Stavropoleos Choir has brought this church choral music to a broad, concert-going public.