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Concert Hour: George Enescu Festival (Pt. 2 of 2)

The biennial Enescu Festival is arguably Eastern Europe's premiere classical music event. This week, we continue with a program from the most recent edition, featuring the Orchestre de Paris under Paavo Järvi.

Cameron Carpenter, performing on stage

Cameron Carpenter, performing at the Enescu Festival

It's back to Bucharest this week and to the George Enescu Festival, which includes a prestigious piano competition as well as concerts by outstanding artists and orchestras. One such artist is the American organist Cameron Carpenter, who plays a work he composed - "Improvisations" - at the start of the show.

The 33-year-old Carpenter is often credited with updating the image of his instrument of choice. "If any instrument needs a new future and a new image, of course it's the organ," he tells us.

We'll also hear from the festival's namesake by way of a selection from his Symphony No. 1, performed by the Orchestre de Paris under its current music director Paavo Järvi. The bulk of the hour goes to their performance of Benjamin Britten's Violin Concerto in D Minor - a work that Järvi tells us is often unjustly overlooked.

"His music is not the kind that immediately hooks you - but with a little bit of investigation and a little bit of listening, it's some of the most arresting and deep music," the conductor says.

Cameron Carpenter (1981-)
Improvisations (excerpt)

Cameron Carpenter, organ

George Enescu (1881-1955)
Symphony No. 1 in E-flat Major, op. 13, first movement

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
Violin Concerto in D Minor, op. 15

Vilde Frang, violin
Orchestre de Paris
Conductor: Paavo Järvi

Recorded by Radio Bucharest in the Romanian Atheneum Hall, Bucharest, on September 2, 2013, and in the Palace Grand Hall, Bucharest, on September 5, 2013

Rebroadcasting rights: One broadcast before March 16, 2015

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