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Subscriptions to the Enescu Festival 2017 went on sale Monday, December 5 at 10 a.m., in the Eventim network and they had record sales. Thus, subscriptions for the series Recitals and Chamber Music were sold out in a record time of one minute since they went on sale, while subscriptions for the series Great Orchestras of the World were sold out in just 10 minutes.

Subscriptions to the Enescu Festival 2017 went on sale today at 10 a.m. (Bucharest Time), in the Eventim network and they had record sales. Thus, subscriptions for the series Recitals and Chamber Music were sold out in a record time of one minute since they went on sale, while subscriptions for the series Great Orchestras of the World were sold out in just 10 minutes.

At the time we issued this press release the last subscriptions to the Series By Midnight can still be purchased at this link. UPDATE – also sold out. 

Subscriptions are still available for the Concerts in the 21st Century Music series, a new section of the Enescu Festival, dedicated exclusively to contemporary music, at this link.

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In total, subscriptions make up for approximately one third of the seats available at the Enescu Festival 2017, with individual tickets going on sale on February 16, 2017 in the Eventim network.

The full program of the Enescu Festival 2017 is available on www.festivalenescu.ro.

The 2017 edition of the George Enescu International Festival (September 2-24) brings to Bucharest and to seven other cities in the country over 3,000 of the most appreciated foreign and Romanian artists in over 80 events. The program includes superstars of classical music present for the first time at the Festival, 37 works by George Enescu and contemporary music.

With a new first-class international directing team – Zubin Mehta, Honorary President and Vladimir Jurowski, Artistic Director, in 2017, the Festival will put the music and creation of George Enescu in a new light, as well as classical music in general. As part of this endeavor, the Festival will put technology to the service of classical music and creativity, presenting famous works in a new approach; it will put contemporary music at the forefront, inviting to Bucharest some of the best-known composers today for the first time; it will give the audience the chance to enjoy a record number of works by George Enescu (37) – two of which will be presented at the Festival for the first time in history – and it will tune mathematics to the sound of music, inside Creative Bucharest. Multimedia projections will open new dimensions within three concerts with works of symbolic importance: the Opening Concert of the 2017 edition of the Festival, with the opera Oedipe by George Enescu in its concert version, performed by London Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of conductor Vladimir Jurowski, with the multimedia director Carmen Lidia Vidu, Mathis der Maler, multimedia director Carmen Lidia Vidu and The Damnation of Faust, with Petrikă Ionescu as multimedia director.

The 2017 edition has an absolute novelty, namely the series of concerts 21st Century Music, which will also include the International Composers’ Forum, where some of the most important contemporary composers of the world can take part in discussions with the general public. Another important moment, an absolute premiere for Romania, is Imaginary – an interactive exhibition of mathematics and music.

International classical music stars such as Lang Lang, Jonas Kaufmann, Philippe Jaroussky, Magdalena Kožená, Daniil Trifonov, Riccardo Chailly, Thomas Hampson, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Olga Peretyatko, Khatia Buniatishvili, Tine Thing Helseth, Andrei Ioniță and Anoushka Shankar will come for the first time to Bucharest in 2017. They will be joined by top orchestras such as Orchestra Scala di Milano, Orchestra Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Münchner Philharmoniker or London Philharmonic Orchestra.

First-class conductors including Zubin Mehta, Antonio Pappano, Daniele Gatti, Valery Gergiev, Charles Dutoit, Riccardo Chailly, Michail Pletnev and Vladimir Jurowski will also be present. As part of his program in the 2017 edition of the Festival, the renowned Antonio Pappano will conduct the Symphony No. 3 in C Major Op. 21 with Choir by George Enescu, thus offering the audience another premiere: Orchestra Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia performing Enescu. In addition, the French National Orchestra conducted by Christoph Eschenbach and with Truls Mørk as soloist will perform the Symphonie Concertante pour Cello by George Enescu, a composition that the famous orchestra has also chosen to open the 2017 season in Paris. The Czech Philharmonic, under the baton of Jiří Bělohlávek, will also be present at the Festival for the first time in 2017, with a program including works by Brahms and Martinů.

Les Musiciens du Louvre, under the baton of Marc Minkowski, will bring Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte to the stage of the Athenaeum, and the opera Mathis der Maler by Hindemith will be performed for the first time at the Festival in its concert version by the National Radio Orchestra and the Academic Radio Choir, conducted by Lawrence Foster. Another novelty will be the famous opera by Berlioz, The Damnation of Faust, performed by the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir under the baton of conductor John Nelson.

As an absolute premiere, Bucharest will welcome remarkable contemporary composers including Sir James MacMillan, Rodion Shchedrin, Jörg Widmann, Iain Bell Nimrod Borenstein, Sven Helbig, Zygmund Krauze, Rolf Martinsson, Magnus Lindberg, Helmut Lachenmann, Vladimir Cosma and Thomas Larcher. In a new series of the Enescu Festival, 21st Century Music, the audience can listen to their works in novel interpretations, and during the International Composers’ Forum they can attend debates on topical music issues.

The exceptional international artists will be joined by top Romanian figures in one of the most substantial selections: George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, National Radio Orchestra, the orchestras of Cluj, Iași, Timișoara, Bacău and Brașov, the conductors Cristian Mandeal, Horia Andreescu, Tiberiu Soare, Adrian Petrescu, Cristian Oroșanu, Cristian Lupeș and the soloists Ruxandra Donose, Vlad Budoiu, Cosmin Ifrim, Adrian Sâmpetrean, Roxana Constantinescu, Szabo Balint, Gabriela Iștoc and Teodor Ilincăi.

Winners of the Enescu Competition will also take the stage of the Enescu Festival, together with important international and national orchestras: Valentin Răduțiu, Mihai Ritivoiu, Viniciu Moroianu, Victoria Vassilenko, Zlatomir Fung, Luiza Borac, Josu de Solaun, Ștefan Tarara, Eun-Sun Hong, Vassilis Varvaressos and Dong Hyun Kim.

There will be a total number of 12 concerts in the 2017 edition of the Festival in the rest of the country, in cities such as Iași, Brașov, Cluj, Timișoara, Bacău, Ploiești and Sibiu.  

 Translation provided by Biroul de Traduceri Champollion.

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