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Date: 4 April 2017 at 15:10:47 BST
Subject: Kind Reminder - Pascal Bentoiu: a London Homage | Concert, Talk, Exhibition | Fri 7 Apr, 7pm - free
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Kind Reminder - Pascal Bentoiu: a London Homage | Concert, Talk, Exhibition | Fri 7 Apr, 7pm - free
Enescu's greatest heir
The Romanian Cultural Institute and The Enescu Society in Great Britain
cordially invite you to
RCI London, Friday 7 April, 7pm
Concert | Talk | Exhibition
Ioana Bentoiu - soprano
Lena Vieru Conta - piano
Robert Schumann - "Frauenliebe und Leben"
George Enescu - "Sept chansons de Clément Marot"
Pascal Bentoiu - "Eminesciana II"
With a talk on the great musician's artistic legacy by music critics Mihai Cosma and Richard Whitehouse
The event is completed by the private view of "Pascal Bentoiu – His Life and Works", a photographic exhibition curated by Irina Niţu and produced by "George Enescu" National Museum in Bucharest.
Free. Seats allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Please book your seat on Eventbrite
Pascal Bentoiu was born in Bucharest on 22 April 1927. His father, a well-known lawyer, dreamed that his son studied law, and so he did. Nevertheless, passionate about music, he privately studied violin with Vasile Filip, piano with Teophil Demetriescu, harmony, counterpoint and composition with famous Romanian composer Mihail Jora, whose favourite disciple he became. His impressive body of work comprises 8 Symphonies, 4 Symphonic poems, 4 Concertos for piano, violin and cello, 3 operas, 6 String quartets, 2 sonatas, 30 songs, 21 special compositions for theatre and 6 books, among which the seminal "Masterworks of George Enescu". Pascal Bentoiu spent a decade working on the completion of George Enescu's 4th and 5th Symphonies, the Symphonic Poem "Isis" and the "Clément Marot" song cycle. He was married to Swiss-Romanian writer Annie Bentoiu and was the father of Ioana Bentoiu, soprano and canto professor in Switzerland. His interests were far more extended than those in the music field. He read immensely, especially literature, philosophy and history and fluently spoke six languages (including Latin). He loved football, was a great jazz fan and held an enormous sense of humour, which greatly contributed to help him and his family during some sombre years. (Ioana Bentoiu)
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