Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Four Rare Recorded Gems from the Teachers of Horațiu Rădulescu + The Jack Quartet

From time to time we will introduce rare recorded gems which are monumental aural documentations which have been forgotten. 

Sometimes with commentary, and sometimes without.  These from the teachers of composer, Horațiu Rădulescu at The Bucharest Academy of Music.

These recordings (all LP's and out of print) from Anatol Vieru, Aurel Stroe, Stefan Niculescu and Tiberiu Olah.

For those unfamiliar with Rădulescu:

Rădulescu was born in Bucharest, where he studied the violin privately with Nina Alexandrescu, a pupil of Enescu, and later studied composition at the Bucharest Academy of Music, where his teachers included Stefan Niculescu, Tiberiu  Olah  and Aurel Stroë, some of the leading figures of the newly emerging avant garde. 

Upon graduation in 1969 Rădulescu left Romania for the west, and settled in Paris , becoming a French citizen in 1974. 

He returned to Romania thereafter several times for visits, beginning in 1991 when he directed a performance of his Iubiri, the first public performance of any of his mature works in his native country.

I was fortunate enough to attend the JACK Quartet performing the United States premiere of Horatiu Radulescu's String Quartet No. 5 "before the universe was born" as part of its February 14, 2011 performance on Monday Evening Concerts at Zipper Concert Hall in Los Angeles, CA.

The video of that performance:

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