Here we go again – The latest installments of the intrepid, international travels of the RLPO! The oldest professional symphony orchestra in the British Isles – celebrating 175 years of first class music making this year.
The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra is enjoying a healthy amount of international touring these days. During the last year we have travelled to China, Japan, Czech Republic and as of yesterday evening, Bucharest in Romania.
Our first day here was a travel day and as such did not involve any orchestra work. As the RLPO had visited Bucharest for the Enescu Festival as recently as 2011 plenty of the lovely sights here were familiar to many of us already.
We are being housed in the Novotel City Centre, which as the name implies is perfectly situated to wander around the many bars, restaurants and pretty squares in Bucharest.
On our last visit we had happened across a famous old beer hall called Caru Ce Bere, so this seemed a great place to go to settle down for a hearty meal, a couple of Romanian beers and a glass or two of the well regarded Romanian wines.
At the Caru Ce Bere we noticed many of the local people in Bucharest eating something very distinctive looking. This local dish consisted of a loaf of bread, with the inside hollowed out and filled with a very tasty bean stew.
Day two would leave the morning free for us to explore the city before we get down to work with a three o’clock rehearsal prior to our first concert in the evening. As last, we will be performing at the Grand Palace Hall with our Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko. The programme this evening will consist of: The Fountains of Rome by Respighi; The Glazunov violin concerto, featuring Alexandru Tomeseu; and the Symphony no.1 in D minor by Rachmaninov.