The Rumanian country house where George Enescu grew up is falling down.
Worse, we are told, is the fate of his legacy in the capital, Bucharest. This is the state of the Enescu Museum in Bucharest, the so-called House with Lions, formerly Maruka Cantacuzino’s palace:
And this is one of the paintings owned by the composer, plainly damaged by rain.
And here’s a pile of his documents, mouldering on a desk, never catalogued or preserved.
The Rumanian Government bears direct responsibility for this dereliction. It is complicit in the wilful destruction of European heritage. If the Ministry of Culture won’t do something about it, and the Prime Minister turns a blind eye, visiting artists must use every opportunity to express a view on this wanton act of philistinism. Pittsburgh Symphony, let’s hear it loud and clear.