Romanian Feelings

Cvartetul Transilvan
Suite româneşti
Nicuşor Silaghi: Suite Românesti pour quatuor à cordes

01. Transilvania - Maramures
02. Moldova
03. Banat
04. Muntenia - Oltenia


Gabriel Croitoru, violin
Nicusor Silaghi, solo violin
Marius Suarasan, viola
Vasile Jucan, violoncell

The Transylvanian Quartet (Cvartetul Transylvania), composed of members of the symphony orchestra of Cluj, recorded under the name Romanian Suite (Suite româneşti) a graceful garland of folk songs. No "recreation" as scholarly for this scheme Nicusor Silaghi, concertmaster of the ensemble, but the original songs in their simple harmony. A successful experience. Each of the four-movement suite (42 minutes total) paid tribute to the folklore of a region of Transylvania and Maramures, Moldavia, Banat, and finally Muntenia and Oltenia. The course work ends with the singing of the lark (Ciocarlie) in melodic climax of this festival.

THE TRANSYLVANIAN QUARTET was founded in 1987, by four young and valuable players from the orchestra of the Cluj Philharmonic. In 1989, in recognition of its outstanding artistic level, this chamber ensemble acquired the statute of state quartet.

While Nicusor Silaghi (born 1957), Marius Suarasan (born 1957) and Vasile Jucan (born 1957) were founders of the quartet, first violin George Dudea joined the ensemble in 1989, abandoning a high ranked position as leader of the Cluj Philharmonic Orchestra. Beginning with 2000, the quartet functions in a new formula, George Dudea being replaced by the well-known soloist Gabriel Croitoru, one of the most appreciated Romanian violin players.

All the members are virtuosos on their instruments. During the course of their studies, they all won many awards, and afterwards involved with such activities as solo playing, chamber music and recordings for broadcast and television. As for the string quartet playing, it is worth mentioning that they attended the international courses held at Nyrbator (Hungary), Oberschützen (Austria) with Alban Berg String Quartet member Thomas Kakuska, at Pommersfelden (Germany) with Professor Reiner Kusmaul.

While participating in the Orlando Festival in Kerkrade (The Netherlands) in 1990, they were remarked by Professor Earl Carlyss, former member of the Julliard String Quartet, who invited them to participate in the Aspen Festival, Colorado, in 1990, and offered them a grant for the Aspen Center for Advanced Quartet Studies. This was a most beneficial opportunity for the young musicians to work with such personalities as The Emerson String Quartet, The American String Quartet, Professors Steve Clapp and Donald Weilerstein, former member of the Cleveland String Quartet.

The Transylvanian String Quartet is widely performing in Romania and abroad – in Italy, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain, Austria, Denmark, USA, Italy, Germany, Great Britain (at the well-known Wigmore Hall in London), Finland. The quartet won several prizes – at the “Gh. Dima” competition in Cluj, 1987, and twice at the National Art Festival of Romania, in 1987 and 1989. They also participated at prestigious festivals, such as the Festival of Aspen, the Festival Ravinia in Chicago, in Edinburgh, Kuhmo (Finland), Aldebourgh (England), The Mozart Festival in Chemnitz (Germany) and Cluj, the Festival Cluj Musical Autumn.
“An absolutely outstanding string quartet: an excellent interpretation and a deep penetration of the sense of music. Its virtuosity transcends the individual level towards a perfect unity of the group.” (Diario de Burgos, November 1990)

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