"Pianul Călător"

Readings and Re-readings

A journey is never repeated the same way. Music must never be read the same way. If the charm of repeating a journey, a route, lays precisely in its non-repeatable nature, classical music is one of those areas which stand out the most upon a second re-reading, after a reinterpretation.

Again The Traveling Piano? Yes, again.

On the same routes, on some new ones, always in search of new prospects, but also new destinations.

The same pianist, but always different, counting on a provocative repertoire, that allows for, and incites to, re-readings of some pieces already read in several versions. Firstly by the one who created the theme, then by the one who took it over, and in many cases, made the theme more famous than the original, then by the interpreter, in our case, the pianist, who in five concerts and seventeen recitals will try to re-read, each time in a different way, a music that, through this approach, you will never tire of.

Horia Mihail

The music that Horia Mihail has chosen for this new tour falls under the sign of the duality, and sometimes even plurality, of signatures, traversing almost three centuries of history, starting from Chaconne by Bach-Busoni and getting to Six Romanian Folk Dances by Béla Bartók. The original composition belongs to an author or is collected from folklore, and the one who signs the piano version is someone else. The idea remains the same both for the recital, as well as for the performances accompanied by the orchestra that performs alongside him this long tour, reserved for the seductive and spectacular Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini by Rachmaninoff.

The first travelling piano set out last year from Radio Romania, and after traversing five cities in Transylvania, it stopped on the stage of the Traube Hall in Media?.

The second travelling piano is awaiting its turn in the Radio studios, from where, on 17th June, it will set out on a more complicated route, from the East to the West of the country, from the Black Sea, through Buzau, Foc?ani and Roman, then to Caracal, and finally Sânnicolau Mare, the town where Béla Bartók was born. So Dobruja, Moldavia, Oltenia, Banat…At the end everyone should be satisfied....

Starting with this summer, the local enthusiasts who keep alive the memory of the little town in which Bartók was born will have a real concert piano at the festival they organize every year.

Once they arrive at the end of the journey, the inventors of the Travelling Piano tour will make a promise. That it will continue in 2013, looking for new destinations.

Oltea Serban-Pârâu