Romanian-born cellist Valentin Răduțiu, laureate of the George Enescu Competition, launches his first recording with an orchestra: Münchner Kammerorchester, one of the most important chamber ensembles.
Text by Nona Beicu
Recorded in Munich, the musician’s hometown, the album brings us to the music of the 18th century and it contains three iconic concertos for the classical period, two of them part of the established cello repertoire.
These are: Joseph Haydn – Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major (the cadences were written specially for Valentin Răduțiu by the German composer Tobias PM Schneid), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Cello Concerto in D Major (adapted by the Spanish composer and cellist Gaspar Cassado, for the first time on record) and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach – Cello Concerto in B-flat Major (Allegretto, Adagio, Allegro assai).
Five years after winning the Cello Section of the George Enescu Competition, Valentin Răduțiu returns to the stage of the competition, at the gala concert that will open this year’s edition. Along violinist Anna Țifu (winner of the Enescu Competition 2007) and pianist Mihai Ritivoiu (winner of Enescu Competition 2011), Valentin Răduțiu will perform, on the stage of the Romanian Athenaeum, on September 3, the Triple Concerto by Ludwig van Beethoven.
Tickets to the gala concert can be purchased here.
Valentin Răduțiu is the first cellist to record the complete works of Enescu for cello and piano, along with the Swedish pianist Per Rundberg.
Born in Munich to Romanian parents, Valentin Răduțiu took the first cello lessons from his father, at the age of 6, continuing his studies in Salzburg, Vienna and Berlin with Clemens Hagen, Heinrich Schiff and David Geringas.
Valentin Răduțiu has given concerts with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Deutsche Radiophilharmonie Saarbrücken, MDR Leipzig and SWR Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestras, Camerata Salzburg, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Prague Philharmonia, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, “George Enescu” Philharmonic, Bucharest National Radio Orchestra and World Youth Symphony Orchestra.
The cellist has recently released his jazz album “Remembering the rain”, available on Amazon, recorded with the pianist Benjamin Schaefer, which depicts a novel association between the cello and this music genre.
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