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Cristian Orosanu

Cristian Orosanu

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Cristian Orosanu exhibits a mixture of passionate exuberance, fiery determination, elegant clarity of expression and huge personal charm. However, what chiefly distinguishes him from his peers is his extensive repertoire, he has already conducted more than 30 operas and over 500 symphonic works.


The Romanian conductor Cristian Orosanu, has made several important debuts in recent seasons and is rapidly establishing his professional reputation beyond the borders of his native country. He has conducted the Orchestre de Paris and the Orchestre National de Bordeaux of which Le Monde de la Musique wrote, “Cristian Orosanu conducted … with a beautiful sense of phrase and architecture. … Orosanu's direction was infallible with a rare accuracy of style, more elegant and concise than is customary...”. He recently made his very successful debuts with the Tonhalle Orchestra and the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin. He was assistant conductor in the DSO Berlin for the season 2007-2008.




Cristian Oroșanu – debut la Filarmonica „George Enescu”


The end of this season [2012/2013] has presented an unusual conducting debut. Cristian Oroșanu is already well known in Romania and internationally as a conductor of symphonic and opera performances.


The Radio Symphonic Orchestra has invited him several times, so we don’t know why the Philharmonic Orchestra “George Enescu” waited so long to do the same. The public response to the performances on June 13th and 14th were spontaneous and enthusiastic, as was feedback from the ensemble. How can we describe this first meeting? Cristian Oroșanu relates to the players by bringing them with him along the route that he wants, not always adhering to the usual patterns. Yes, we heard the musical choices that he made and were convinced by the sonority, the phrasing, and the expressivity of sound as well as the conductor’s opinions. This is about the conflict and the lyricism, the colours and the styles that support the personality of the conductor and explain why music fans and orchestras love Cristian. I’ve known it for some time and I saw it more closely on this occasion, as it’s the first time I’ve experienced his performance at a debut. His surprise may not be as big as mine, as the results of his meticulously rehearsed performances always produce similar results.


Preludiul Simfonic by Ion Dumitrescu was prepared especially for the anniversary of the centenary of the Romanian composer. Oroșanu has vigorously revived this lively Romanian music. For Tchaikovsky’s Concerto no 1, we have to admit that greater satisfaction came from the accompaniment than from the soloist Lilian Akopova, a leading pianist whose communication lacked variety*. Two short works apparently brought musical surprises in Scherzo Fantastique by Stravinsky—a music that needs prior listening, which was not the case — and L’apprenti sorcier by Paul Dukas, an interpretation of Goethe’s text through highly effective rhythmic constructions, harmonies and orchestration.


With this latter piece, the applause asserted Critian Oroșanu’s success, leaving an echo after the performance — the hope of future meetings.


Grigore Constantinescu – 16 iunie 2013

* Orosanu does not concur with this opinion.


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