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Human and Divine 

February 16th , 2020, 7:30 pm

Our Lady Queen Cathedral of Iași 

Bulevardul Ștefan cel Mare și Sfânt nr. 26, Iași, România

The first concert in the Classix series is of historical importance, being the first piano recital ever held in a cathedral in Iasi. The event will be centered on a program that will connect the human experience with the spiritual one and will be presented by the renowned pianist from Iasi, Dragoș Cantea.

The interdisciplinarity that Classix Festival wishes to offer to classical music will be supported visually by projections illustrated on the Cathedral dome, thus transforming the ordinary concert experience into a transcendental one.

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Concert programme

Arvo Pärt – Für Alina (1976)

In the words of Sergiu Celibidache, the music starts from nothing. Thus, our musical journey begins from nothing, listening to the minimalist style as an echo of the universe.

Leoš Janáček - In the Mists (1913)

Human adventures develop blurry in these 4 descriptive pictures of Czech nature - the hills and forests of Moravia, musically illustrated in a mystical way.

Johann Sebastian Bach – Ciaccona (arr. de Ferruccio Busoni) (1720 / 1920)

Ciaccona is one of Bach's most monumental works, both in terms of technical difficulties and emotional cumulus - a human journey closely connected with the Divinity, in which romance meets the sacred.

Ludwig van Beethoven  – Sonata in C minor nr. 32, op. 111 (1822)

The epilogue of Beethoven's piano sonatas consists of a tumultuous first part, suggesting the dramatic dimension of destiny and a final part by which Beethoven said goodbye to human experiences by singing ecstasy at the gate of Heaven.


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Pianist trained in Iași by Ioana Stănescu and currently under the guidance of Håvard Gimse and Kathryn Stott, Dragoș made recordings for the Simax Classics and Grappa record houses in 2019, and in 2016, 2017 and 2019 he gave recitals and concerts broadcast by Radio Romania Musical and Romanian Television. Dragoș has numerous concert appearances in Romania, Scandinavia, Austria, Italy, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
At the same time, he is developing a doctoral research, under the guidance of VOCES master Dan Prelipcean.

The year 2019 also marked his London debut at St. James's Piccadilly with the orchestra of the London music academies. He is a supporter of innovation in art, supporting charitable causes in the Romanian space, especially in the area of ​​education.In 2020 Dragoș is the founder and artistic director of the Classix Festival and among other new European appearances he will start with a recital at the prestigious St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London.


Event access

Free entry for this event.

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