Free Lunchtime Concert: Dan Racoveanu and Fernanda Romila
Romanian Cultural Institute Series
‘For Two to Play’ Romantic (organ) Music for Four Hands
A. F. Hesse – Fantasie in D minor Op. 87
C. G. Höpner – Choral Prelude Op. 19 no. 1 Now all the woods are sleeping
J. N. W. Kühne – Fantasie in F minor Op. 48
C. G. Höpner – Choral Prelude Op. 19 nr. 3 O God, what manifold distress
F. Mendelssohn – A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture Op. 21
Dan Racoveanu and Fernanda Romila Organ Duo
Lunchtime Concerts are FREE, suggested donation £3.50 which goes towards the work of St Martin’s
After graduating organ and orchestra conducting at the National University of Music in Bucharest, Dan Racoveanu won a postgraduate scholarship at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki in 1994. He participated in masterclasses of renowned Academies such as: Academy of Early Music – Innsbruck (Austria), Bach Academy – Porrentruy (Swizerland), International Bach Academy – Stuttgart (Germany), studying with famous musicians like Michael Radulescu, Harald Vogel, Christoph Krummacher, Jesper Christensen, Ludger Lohmann, Helmuth Rilling.
In 1992 he set up the “Continuo” Baroque Ensemble specialised in baroque performance practice based on historical sources. As organist of the Lutheran Church and conductor of the “Martin Luther” Choir he organizes concert series of organ recitals, chamber and choral music.
In 1998 Dan Racoveanu founded the Bach Society in Romania, which collaborates with the Neue Bachgesellschaft – Leipzig and promotes Bach’s works played on period instruments.
He played Bach’s “Neumeister Chorals” (discovered in 1984) at the Athenaeum Concert Hall in the Bach Year (2000), as a premiere in Romania, and he gave many organ recitals in Germany, Switzerland, France, Finland, Italy, Austria, Poland and at the historical organs of Brasov, Sibiu, Sighisoara.
In 2005 he received the Doctor’s Degree Summa cum laudae for the Thesis : “Basso Continuo – a Rediscovered Performance Practice”.
He promotes Romanian and universal contemporary organ music in festivals and recordings.
Dan Racoveanu is lecturer at the National University of Music – Bucharest where he teaches organ, basso continuo and chamber music.
Fernanda Romila was born in Bucharest, Romania, where she also graduated both composition and organ at the National University of Music. Winner of a DAAD scholarship, she continued her studies of harpsichord in Bremen, at the Hochschule fur Kunste and at the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles with Frederick Haas. Being interested in the interpretation of early music, she attended masterclasses with Pierre Hantai, Jordi Savall, Nicholas Parle, Marten Root, Bob van Asperen.
Fernanda has performed with several ensembles – Continuo (Dan Racoveanu), Codex (Szilard Chereji), Le Chardon (Hajo Wienroth), Orfeo (Jean-Pierre Menuge), and she gave concerts in countries like France, Germany, Ireland, Belgium and Holland. She recorded for Radio Bremen (unknown sonatas by J. A. Scheibe with Hajo Wienroth) and for Radio Romania, and in Belgium she made the first recording of sonatas by J. P. Vandenbosch.
Her PhD thesis entitled “The Literature for harpsichord with ad libitum accompaniment in the XVIII Century” received Summa cum laudae. She is now a lecturer at the “Spiru Haret” University in Bucharest.