Tudor Gheorghe

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Tudor Gheorghe
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Tudor Gheorghe on stage at Sala Palatului in Bucharest in 2008
Born Gheorghe Tudor
(1945-08-01) August 1, 1945 (age 70)
Podari, Romania
Residence Craiova, Romania
Occupation
  • Singer-songwriter
  • actor
  • poet
Years active 1967–present
Religion
Spouse(s) Georgeta Luchian (m. 1970)
Children
  • Adrian Tudor
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
Labels
Associated acts
Website tudorgheorghe.ro

Tudor Gheorghe (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈtudor ˈɡe̯orɡe]; born August 1, 1945) is a Romanian musician, actor, and poet known primarily for his politically charged musical career and his collaborations with well-known figures of late 20th-century Romanian poetry. His recording work is sometimes associated with anti communist activism and has received much critical acclaim during the years. The son of an Iron Guard member, he was banned from performing and recording in 1987 after a concert at Sala Palatului in Bucharest, following a number of run-ins with Romania's communist authorities throughout the 1970s and 1980s.[1][2][3][4]

Tudor started out as an actor, graduating from the Caragiale Academy of Theatrical Arts and Cinematography in Bucharest in 1966 and later started composing music as a means of expressing his interest in Romanian poetry. His first national tour in 1969 was critically and commercially acclaimed and established him as a figure of the fledgling contemporary folk scene in Romania.[5][6] His recording career, spanning fifty years, has frequently defied pop music conventions while exploring various traditions in Romanian music, from folk, religious music, the anti-communist anthems of Jean Moscopol to popular music of interwar Romania, at times embracing even children's or classical music.[7][8] He has mostly performed with a guitar or lute with no backing musicians or vocalists but, starting in the early 2000s, he has incorporated orchestras, choirs, and tarafs into his performances. He resumed his musical career in 1992 but, dissatisfied with the way promoters wanted to market his music, took another six year break from performing live. He has been touring constantly since 1998 and has recorded most of his concerts, releasing them as albums and generally avoiding studio work.[9]

Throughout his career, Tudor Gheorghe has been praised as a performer and songwriter by a number of Romanian literary figures. The poet and playwright Marin Sorescu addressed his personal relationship with Tudor in 1988 by saying that "Every time I listen to his music[...]Tudor Gheorghe reinforces my hunch that Romanian poetry[...]can move mountains", while Adrian Păunescu described him as "a great poet who negletcs his talent". In an article published in the Flacăra magazine in 1973, Dorin Tudoran chronicled Tudor's precarious living conditions at the time, characterizing him as "a great artist, who has abundantly proved to be perfectly aware of his obligations".[10][11][12]

The University of Craiova and the Constantin Brâncuși University of Târgu Jiu have awarded him doctor honoris causa titles for his contributions to Romanian music and culture and both Romania and the Republic of Moldova have decorated him with the Order of the Star of Romania and The Republic's Order, respectively.[13][14][15][16][17]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Label
1973 Viața Lumii Electrecord
1975 Cîntece. De Dragoste, de Țară Electrecord
1976 Veniți, Privighetoarea Cîntă Electrecord
1978 Tudor Gheorghe Electrecord
1989 Primăvara Electrecord
2001 Primăvara Simfonic Illuminati/Cat Music
2001 Toamna Simfonic Illuminati/Cat Music
2002 Petrecerea cu Taraf Illuminati/Cat Music
2002 Pe-un Franc Poet Illuminati/Cat Music
2003 Iarna Simfonic Illuminati/Cat Music
2004 Diligența cu Păpuși Illuminati/Cat Music
2006 Trimite Vorbă - Petrecerea cu Taraf 2 Illuminati/Cat Music

Starting in the late 90s, Tudor Gheorghe has performed almost exclusively in live concerts, recording and releasing them as albums.

Live albums[edit]

Year Album Label
1998 Reîntoarcerea Illuminati/Cat Music
2000 Mie-mi Pasă! Illuminati/Cat Music
2005 Răsuri și Trandafiri Illuminati/Cat Music
2006 Cu Iisus în Celulă Illuminati/Cat Music
2006 În Căutarea Dorului Pierdut Illuminati/Cat Music
2006 Vara Simfonic Illuminati/Cat Music
2007 Calvarul Unei Inime Pribegi Illuminati/Cat Music
2007 Cand Dumnezeu Era Mai Jos - Petrecerea cu Taraf 3 Illuminati/Cat Music
2007 Parfumele Nebunelor Dorinți Illuminati/Cat Music
2013 Degeaba Illuminati/Cat Music
2013 Mahalaua Mon Amour Illuminati/Cat Music
2013 La Margine de Imperii Illuminati/Cat Music
2013 Chemarea Păsarii de Acasă Illuminati/Cat Music

References[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Ciobanu, Luminița (September 28, 2009). "Povestea unui spectacol interzis". Jurnalul Național. Bucharest. Retrieved April 8, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Tudor Gheorghe, cantautor: „Visam să fiu profesor de Limbă Română"". Lifestyle. Bucharest: Adevărul. December 29, 2011. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  3. ^ Ciobanu, Luminița (September 25, 2009). ""Pe-un franc poet" - Caragiale tălmăcit de Tudor Gheorghe". Jurnalul Național. Retrieved February 2, 2015. 
  4. ^ Victor Ciutacu (September 28, 2012). "Tudor Gheorghe, despre textul "fără farafaslâcuri" al lui Caragiale". Antena 3. Retrieved September 10, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Interviu - Tudor Gheorghe - Cei ce canta n-apuca sa-njure!". metropotam.ro. Retrieved September 12, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Tudor Gheorghe" (in Romanian). Archived from the original on February 5, 2015. Retrieved February 5, 2015. 
  7. ^ Păuna, Eveline (January 15, 2010). "Tudor Gheorghe: "Au facut copiii nostri dinti, musca din bunici si din parinti"". Q Magazine. 
  8. ^ Mixich, Vlad (December 12, 2007). "Tudor Gheorghe: Nu am fugit in SUA pentru ca pe mama o durea un picior". Hotnews.ro. Retrieved December 12, 2014. 
  9. ^ Zaharie, Alin (January 23, 2014). "Marius Hristescu, oaspetele Filarmonicii". Zi de Zi Mureș. Târgu Mureș. Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  10. ^ Ghiță, Oana (January 18, 2013). "Tudor Gheorghe începe turneul "Ce-am avut şi ce-am pierdut" la Craiova". Mediafax. Bucharest. Retrieved August 31, 2015. 
  11. ^ Petrișor, Claudiu (October 9, 2013). "INTERVIU EXCLUSIV Tudor Gheorghe: <<Pe dracu, nu sunt vedetă! Fetele de la Capatos sunt.>>". Libertatea. Bucharest. Retrieved August 31, 2015. 
  12. ^ Ștefănescu 1992, p. 78.
  13. ^ Stanca, Adriana (August 1, 2013). "Tudor Gheorghe împlineşte joi 68 de ani". Gândul. Bucharest. Retrieved August 16, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Tudor Gheorghe a primit titlul de Doctor Honoris Causa al Universităţii din Craiova" [Tudor Gheorghe received the title of Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Craiova]. December 28, 2011. Retrieved August 16, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Tudor Gheorghe, Doctor Honoris Causa al Universităţii „Constantin Brâncuşi"" [Tudor Gheorghe, Doctor Honoris Causa of the University "Constantin Brancusi"]. May 7, 2014. Retrieved August 16, 2014. 
  16. ^ http://www.antena3.ro/timp-liber/cultura/tudor-gheorghe-a-devenit-doctor-honoris-causa-al-universitatii-din-craiova-149517.html
  17. ^ "Tudor Gheorghe decorat cu cea mai înaltă distincție" [Tudor Gheorghe is decorated with the highest award]. November 24, 2010. Retrieved August 16, 2014. 

Sources[edit]

  • Ștefănescu, Elena (1992). Tudor Gheorghe la curțile dorului. Editura Timișoara. ISBN 973-9353-86-X.