Ion Voicu – Balada de Ciprian Porumbescu (Ballad for violin and orchestra)

Ciprian Porumbescu (1853-1883)

A Romanian composer.  He was one of the most popular composers of his time.  Some of his popular compositions are Song for the 1st of May, Trei culori (three colors?), and the Ballad for violin and piano.  One of his compositions ended up being used as the music for Albania’s national anthem.

Ion Voicu (1923-1997) was a Romanian violinist and conductor.  He is one of the world’s great violinists.  In 1969 he founded the Bucharest Chamber Orchestra which is an internationally acclaimed ensemble.  The list of conductors and musicians that Ion Voicu has performed with is incredible.  Voicu was a very high level music pedagogue. He taught at many of the world’s leading music institutions.  Ion Voicu made hundreds of recordings.

Here is a recording of Ion Voicu performing the Ballad in a version for violin and orchestra.  It is a beautiful piece of music.  I hope that you enjoy it.