The launch of the Restitutio Cantemir project

The launch of the Restitutio Cantemir project

On the occasion of the 350th anniversary of the birth of the great man of culture and prince of Moldova, Dimitrie Cantemir (1673-1723), Computerland Romania, in partnership with the Romanian Cultural Institute, launches the RESTITUTIO CANTEMIR Project, which emphasizes both the academic side, as well as the cultural one of the encyclopedic personality of Dimitrie Cantemir.

The launch conference of the RESTITUTIO CANTEMIR Project took place on Friday, May 12, 2023, at 12:00 p.m., in the Academicians' Club within the premises of the Romanian Academy.
The following were present at the event: 1. Ioan MATEI – Director General – MINISTRY OF CULTURE
2. Ioana DRĂGAN – Director General – General Directorate of Representations Abroad and
3. Nicolae BADEA – President – ​​COMPUTERLAND ROMANIA
4. Ioan DUMITRACHE – Secretary General – ROMANIAN ACADEMY

In the first stage of the "RESTITUTIO CANTEMIR" Project, in May of this year, as part of the extensive tour supported by the "Anton Pann" Early Music Chamber Ensemble, 5 concerts with compositions will be organized, both in the country and abroad musicals created by Dimitrie Cantemir:
• Krakow – 14 May 2023, 18:00 – Studio Romana Bobrowska – Radio Krakow
• Berlin – 17 May 2023, 18:00 – The Concert Hall of the Berlin State Library
• Brussels – 22 May 2023 , 18:00 – BOZAR
• Paris – May 24, 2023, 18:00 – Byzantine Hall of the Behague Palace
• Iasi – May 26, 2023, 18:00 – Union Hall

During the concerts, 7 musical compositions will be performed which are known with certainty to have been created by Dimitrie Cantemir. The compositions are taken from his work "Book of the Science of Music according to the shape of the letters" and are sonically contextualized with the help of the musician-researchers from the "Anton Pann" Early Music Chamber Ensemble and guest musicians from the USA, Canada, Turkey and Lebanon.

The uniqueness of the show will be given by the use of period-specific instruments and interpretation, alongside the image of Dimitrie Cantemir, who will animate each concert.

Before the start of each concert, in the foyer, it will be possible to visit the photo-documentary exhibition with images from documents and artifacts from the period of Dimitrie Cantemir's life, more precisely from the 17th-18th centuries, organized by the National Archives of Romania, in partnership with the Academy Romanian, the Academy of Sciences of Moldova and the National Museum of Romanian Literature.

The RESTITUTIO CANTEMIR exhibition will include a number of 25 paintings on canvas (90×70 cm) mounted on metal aluminum easels, adjustable.
From the point of view of the content, the exhibition will include reproductions of the main Cantemirian works, literary writings, including musical manuscripts. Along with these archival documents, for their contextualization, the exhibition will contain reproductions of maps, stamps and validation signs (seals) covering both the period of Prince Cantemir's stay in Istanbul, the years of his reign on the throne of Moldavia, as well as the period of refuge in Russia.

In partnership with the Romanian Academy and the Academy of Sciences of Moldova, within the Project, a series of academic panels on different fields will be organized, by the end of this year, supported by specialists proposed in agreement with both institutions, with specializations in each field/ activity of the personality of Prince Cantemir.

Within the Project, the documentary film RESTITUTIO CANTEMIR will be made, which will contain, in addition to an extensive presentation of Dimitrie Cantemir, and his interviews. Acad. Ioan Aurel Pop and Prof. Adrian Cioroianu.

The RESTITUTIO CANTEMIR project will continue until the end of this year, and the second stage of cultural events will be organized between September and November 2023:

  • 3 international concerts + photo-documentary exhibition:
  • Istanbul – September – October 2023
  • Ankara – September – October 2023
  • Chisinau – October – November 2023
  • 10 national concerts + photo-documentary exhibition :
  • Constanța, Drobeta-Turnu Severin, Sibiu, Cluj-Napoca, Oradea, Timișoara, Alba-Iulia, Galați, Craiova and Bucharest – October 2023.

Project Partners: Romanian Academy, Academy of Sciences of Moldova, Romanian Cultural Institute, National Museum of Romanian Literature, National Archives of Romania, Anton Pann Association for Culture and Tradition, Iași City Hall, National Athenaeum of Iași, Metropolis of Moldova and Bucovina, Society Romanian Television, Radio Romania, Trinitas TV, Simavi, Prodal 94, Carpatina and Romfilatelia.

The project is registered in the Events Calendar of the Ministry of Culture, which also accepted its patronage. The organization of the project tries to reflect the encyclopedic dimension of Dimitrie Cantemir's life and work.

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About the Anton Pann Early Music Ensemble

The Anton Pann Ensemble (est. 2003), named after the 19th-century Wallachian composer Anton Pann, is the first and only professional group in Romania that has chosen as its mission the rediscovery of the beauty of old Romanian music and sharing it, with joy, to the public, generating a revitalization of this repertoire and subsequently a stream of inspiration for other groups.

The rediscovery and promotion of music from the Middle Ages until the end of the 19th century, by the Anton Pann Ensemble, aims to increase the cultural value and the Romanian musical tradition. It is the only Romanian ensemble that has recorded, for the first time in the world, all the compositions with definite authorship of ruler Dimitrie Cantemir in a single volume.

As a sign of recognition of their effort and professionalism, the Anton Pann Ensemble was invited to play in the Europalia Festival in 2019, being the representative of Romanian classical court music. During the years of activity, the ensemble performed hundreds of concerts in countries such as: England, Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Morocco, Moldova, Belgium, France, Poland, Germany, Ukraine and at the national level: Bucharest, Timisoara, Brașov, Sibiu, Pitesti, Iasi, Constanta, Galați, Târgu Mureș, Cluj Napoca, Vaslui, Piatra-Neamț, Drobeta Turnu-Severin, Focșani, etc.

The musicians who make up the ensemble are professionals in the field, awarded in countless competitions, doctors of music and university professors. All these elements converge to an exceptional concert result.

Composition of the Anton Pann Ensemble:

  1. Răileanu Constantin- orchestrator, kanun, voice
  2. Alexandru Stoica - oud
  3. Andrei Nițescu - cello
  4. Sabin Penea - violin
  5. Ghassan Bouzbendir, req
  6. Ziya Tabassian- tombak, bendir
  7. Emmanuel Hovhannisyan- duduk
  8. Murat Salim Tokaç-tanbur, ney

Sound Engineer:

Leonidas Palaskas