Looking back in joy at the George Enescu Festival

   ” Welcome to this season’s edition of “Înapoi la argument”!”, Mr. Horia-Roman Patapievici told us with his typical softness and gentleness. After introducing his guest, manager of George Enescu Festival, Mr. Patapievici explained to us that he entitled this edition after the name of the play written by John Osborne, “Look Back in Anger”. I was so delighted with this association! 

Mr. Mihai Constantinescu, manager of Artexim, is envolved in organizing the George Enescu Festival since the year 1991. In the past two decades, the George Enescu Festival has become an international brand, the most effective instrument of promoting George Enescu’s music abroad and a reason for the Romanian pride.

“Amongst so many Romanian defeats, a Romanian success is worth being highlighted more and more.” (Horia-Roman Patapievici)

Horia-Roman Patapievici: What does it mean to plan the organizing of a festival? And by this question I do not mean the logistics matters, which are a great nuisance. Only someone who never organized something with people at anytime, can imagine that these run smoothly. The organizing details kill you, literally, but you overcome them. You need to have an ideea, a reasoning, a structure of what you intend to do.

Mihai Constantinescu: The orchestras that are invited must have two concerts and in their repertoire they must incluse a work by George Enescu. This is not a condition, but it is an imperative request. If we call it a performing condition, then we are a bit harsh, and the invitations need to be made with a lot of condescension. We had a lot of discussion with many foreign orchestras  and conductors that wanted to perform within the festival, but they said that they have no time to prepare a work by George Enescu for this edition. So, I told them to come again at the following edition.  It is the festival’s duty to present series of Romanian music. It is a duty which the festival has taken on. Unfortunately, the Romanian music does not have yet the audience for it.

“The audience does not have to be educated during the festival, but also during the yearly seasons.” (Mihai Constantinescu )

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