Casa Radio Publishing House has added fresh titles, most of them launched in late 2020, during the International Book Fair Gaudeamus
Casa Radio Publishing House has added fresh titles, most of them launched in late 2020, during the International Book Fair Gaudeamus staged by Radio Romania. A collection entitled the Romanian Poetry Library has included a book and CD under the title “There was a time when I used to tell you all” as well as an anthology of poetry by Emil Brumaru, one of Romania’s most important and popular contemporary poets. “Language is one of the main qualities of Brumaru’s poetry, a ludic and complex poet, exploiting like no other the huge potential of the Romanian vocabulary” says critic Marius Chivu.
The poems included in this anthology were read by poet Emil Brumaru for Radio Romania in 2002 in a series of recordings made by journalist Emil Buruiana. The volume also includes an interview made by Eugen Lucan for Radio Romania Culture in 2001, texts signed by critics Cosmin Ciotlos and Bogdan Cretu as well as writers Veronica D. Niculescu and Serban Foarta with graphic illustrations by Zamfira Zamfirescu. The “Radio-Prichindel” (Radio-Toddler) collection through which the Radio Publishing House has made available pages of great literature to children, read by the leading figures of radio theatre, has launched several audiobooks, such as Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, The Extraordinary Voyages of Sindbad the Sailor and the Humpbacked Horse. Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves is a graphic novel by Alexandru Ciubotariu adjusted for radio by Marin Traian.
A radio recording dating back to 1965, with several remarkable actors, like Stefan Mihăilescu-Brăila, Nicolae Gărdescu, Mircea Constantinescu, Marian Hudac, The Extraordinary Voyages of Sindbad the Sailor has been graphically illustrated by Cristiana Călin, with a radio script signed by Marin Traian. The show was recorded by Radio Romania in 1969, with famous actor Fory Etterle as Sindbad the Sailor. Also a graphic novel, The Humpbacked Horse has benefitted from illustrations by Octavian Curoșu with a script by Victor Frunză after the famous Russian story. The CD includes a remarkable Radio Romania recording from 1964, with famous Romanian actors like Nicolae Gărdescu, Dumitru Furdui and Marin Moraru.
Ligia Necula with the Casa Radio Publishing House has also told us about other fresh launches at the International Book Fair Gaudeamus: “I will be talking about the ‘star’ collection, as we call it, ‘Good night, children!’, to which we managed to add two more volumes. There are two volumes with 7 stories each, read by the most appreciated voices in the radio archive. You will hear in these audiobooks the voices of great Romanian actors such as Octavian Cotescu, Leopoldina Bălănuță, Ștefan Mihăilescu-Brăila, Alexandrina Halic and Liliana Tomescu. As many of our listeners already know, the actors in this collection are the ones who brought to life the unforgettable stories which the past generations used to listen to, but we are sure that we can all return to these fairy tales of the world, from India, China, Africa, Mongolia, Canada, Latvia, and so on. I would also like to mention the release of an audiobook which many of those who follow us were waiting for, Luceafărul- the Morning Star. This is a CD that I believe will bring joy to many readers and radio listeners, but also to theater lovers. I could say that this release is quite an event because you will have the opportunity to listen to three actors from different generations who come up with various interpretations of the famous poem by Romania’s greatest poet Mihai Eminescu. These actors are George Vraca, Ion Caramitru and Ada Condeescu. I think that this audiobook with various interpretations of the poem Luceafărul could be a tool for the teachers of Romanian language and literature.”
Ligia Necula also told us about the new releases in the music collections of Casa Radio publishers, namely Jazz forum, Radio Romania Music, Performances profile, Dowry box, Masters of choral art.
Ligia Necula: “Since we’ve already talked about the collections dedicated to children, I will first mention the anniversary album ‘Oh, what joy!’ which marks the 75th anniversary of the Radio Children's Choir. ”Imago Mundi, Isvor. Cantemir, Enescu, Brâncuși” is another new release, in which the Imago Mundi Instrumental Ensemble brings together, in a generous music album, three CDs devoted to some outstanding personalities of the Romanian culture. We have also released a CD that includes famous pieces by Tchaikovsky and Dvořák performed by Cristian Măcelaru and the National Radio Orchestra. Alexandru Tomescu returns to Casa Radio publishers with a CD entitled Concerto, in which he performs Mozart, Saint-Saëns and Dvořák, alongside the National Radio Orchestra, conducted by Cristian Măcelaru and Tiberiu Soare. And since 2020 was the Beethoven year, we dedicated to the composer a CD with the 5th and 7th Symphonies performed by the National Radio Orchestra, conducted by Horia Andreescu and Cristian Măcelaru. In the end, I’ll be talking about jazz, and I can say that the CD ‘Night and day’ featuring Luiza Zan and the Radio Big Band conducted by Ionel Tudor enjoyed great success.” (tr. D. Bilt&L. SiImion)