Website of the “Association of the Italians in Romania” (engl. Transl), RO.AS.IT., Jan 2008
A concert of the “Duo Sebes” – Giovanni De Cecco, piano and Francesco Socal, clarinet,- was listed in the programme of the month of February of the Italian Institute of Culture (Bucharest). A concert like many others, you might have thought, and yet it was not. The two Italian musicians enchanted us immensely and filled our hearts with joy. They did it through their music and through the way in which they were capable of captivating the audience that filled the concert hall.
The rapturous applause, or better the cheers of enthusiasm created an atmosphere of conviviality towards the two young artists, which is seldom found.
What generated this success? I will try to explain it simply, presenting the two musicians and especially the music they performed. [-] The friendliness of the pianist Giovanni De Cecco contributed to the warmth of the atmosphere, in the way he presented the programme and introduced the single pieces, in…the Romanian language! The audience was conquered by the pianist’s accurate language, characterized by a slight Italian accent. But they also liked Francesco Socal and his “impishness” during the concert.”