The newly founded Orchestra of the European Union brings together 92 players from the main orchestras of the 28 capital cities of the member states. From Concertgebouw Amsterdam to Wiener Symphoniker, and from Orchestre National de France and Philharmonia London to Budapest Festival Orchestra and l'Orchestra della Santa Cecilia, members of renowned ensembles played together for the first time at the Romanian Atheneum in Bucharest. The concert was conducted by Maestro Ion Marin, on the occasion of the inauguration of the Romanian Presidency of the EU. The program included George Enesco's Romanian Rhapsody no.1 and the Ode to Joy - Finale of the Ninth Symphony - by Ludwig van Beethoven.
For the anniversary of Donizetti's premiere of "Lucia di Lammermoor", discover this fantastic recording by Ion Marin featuring Cheryl Studer, Plàcido Domingo, Juan Pons and the London Symphony Orchestra.