Dans Taranesc in b minor, Op.15 for Cello and Piano
The Dans Taranesc is probably Dimitrescu's most famous work. It was originally for Cello and Piano but later transcribed for many different arrangements. Perhaps the most famous was the one for orchestra under the title Danse Villageoise. This wonderful, light and yet profoundly colourful work conjures a musical picture of Romanian village life. The tempo and energy ebb and flow as the mood of the dance changes.
Constantin Dimitrescu (1847-1928) is without doubt one of Romania's most important composers from its late romantic period. Born in Blejoi-Prahova, a small town not far from Bucharest, he was taken to the capital at an early age once his musical talent was recognized. There he studied cello and composition with the best teachers available. Funds were subsequently made available for him to continue his education in Vienna and then later in Paris where he studied with, among others, the famous cello virtuoso Auguste Franchomme. Upon his return to Bucharest, he became principal cellist of the Bucharest Philharmonic and also of the National Theater Orchestra. In later years, he served as conductor for both. He was also engaged as a professor at the Bucharest Conservatory. Despite his many occupations and duties, Dimitrescu nevertheless found time to compose orchestral and operatic works as well as chamber music. In fact, it was his great love of chamber music which led him to found Bucharest's first permanent string quartet. He served as its cellist for many years. Thus it comes as no surprise to find that throughout his long musical life, Dimitrescu composed string quartets, seven in all.
HThis excellent recital piece or encore has been unavailable for many years and we are now pleased to reintroduce it to cellists everywhere.