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George Enescu: Complete Works for Violin & Piano / Remus Azoitei, violin; Eduard Stan, piano

Album Summary

>Enescu, George [Composer] : Impressions d'enfance, for violin & piano in D major, Op. 28
>Enescu, George [Composer] : Sonata in A minor, for violin and piano ("Torso" Sonata)
>Enescu, George [Composer] : Sonata for violin & piano no 2 in F minor, Op. 6
>Enescu, George [Composer] : Sonata for violin & piano no 3 in A minor ("dans le caractere populaire roumain"), Op. 25
>Enescu, George [Composer] : Ballade for piano in B flat major
>Enescu, George [Composer] : Impromptu concertant, for violin & piano in G flat major
>Enescu, George [Composer] : Andante malinconico, for violin & piano
>Enescu, George [Composer] : Tarantella, for violin & piano
>Enescu, George [Composer] : Hora Unirei, for violin & piano
>Enescu, George [Composer] : Sonata for violin & piano no 1 in D major, Op. 2
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The complete Works for Violin and Piano of George Enescu - The Romanian musicians Remus Azoitei and Eduard Stan interpret the Works of Enescu with intuitional understanding for his multifaceted music - Including the famous 3rd sonata op.25 "dans le caractère populaire roumain" - "No need to look any further: this is a first-rate collection." Gramophone Of all of Enescu's works for violin and piano, the 3rd Sonata Op. 25 "dans le caractère roumain populaire" ("in Romanian folk character" ) composed in 1926 is the most famous and stands roughly in the center of his work for these instruments. In addition to the two other sonatas, a dramatic sonata &dbquo;torso" in A Minor, the "Impressions d' enfance" and some smaller works have survived. The Ballad, composed in Paris in 1895 by the precocious fourteen year old Enescu begins his work for violin and piano, ending with the nostalgic Andante malinconico of 1951. Two Romanian musicians, violinist Remus Azoitei and pianist Eduard Stan bring this multifaceted music to life with their gorgeous playing- and drawing inspiration - adding a personal touch - with their own intuitive understanding of Romanian culture, just as the master composed them.

BBC Music Magazine, September 2014
These wonderful two discs underline Enescu's pedigree as a composer, with Azoitei and Stan showing innate understanding not just of the large-scale works, but also the rarely-heard miniatures.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Radio Bremen, Germany (2005-12-06_2005-12-09&2006-).



Reviews

Gorgeous chamber music

Among his many talents, Romanian composer George Enescu was a violinist and a pianist. And that makes the music of this 2-CD set so fascinating, as it's just for violin and piano. The larger works, such as his three sonatas for violin and piano are the Enescu of the symphonic world.

Like his orchestral works, the three sonatas feature flowing melodies, harmonies and syncopation enriched by Slavic folk traditions. The sonatas were written during the first part of Enescu's career, and all owe something to the late-romanticism of his youth (although that influence was somewhat removed by the time the third sonata was written in 1926). If you like Enescu's orchestral output, you'll find these worthy companion pieces.

But I found the shorter works really made this an outstanding collection. There are some characteristic pieces from the turn of the century that are suitably tuneful. for for me, I found the 1940 "Impressions d'Enfance" to be the most interesting work int the program.

Enescu sets scenes from his childhood in a series of brief vignettes that boil them down to their emotional essence. Some of the selections are surprisingly forward-looking, using the extreme range of the violin to maximum effect.

Violinist Remus Azoitei and pianist Eduard Stan perform well individually, and as a team. Hanssler's recording quality was good, although sometimes the violin sounded a little pinched to me. Still, there was excellent balance between piano and violin, and the mostly dry acoustic helped me hear the subtle interplay between the instruments more clearly.
Submitted on 10/23/14 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Enescu, George [Composer] : Impressions d'enfance, for violin & piano in D major, Op. 28
  • Performers: Remus Azoitei (Violin); Eduard Stan (Piano)
  • Notes: Radio Bremen, Germany (12/06/2005-12/09/2005)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 04/10/1940

>Enescu, George [Composer] : Sonata in A minor, for violin and piano ("Torso" Sonata) :: Moderato
  • Performers: Remus Azoitei (Violin); Eduard Stan (Piano)
  • Notes: Radio Bremen, Germany (12/06/2005-12/09/2005)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 10/22/1895

>Enescu, George [Composer] : Sonata for violin & piano no 2 in F minor, Op. 6
  • Performers: Remus Azoitei (Violin); Eduard Stan (Piano)
  • Notes: Radio Bremen, Germany (12/06/2005-12/09/2005)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 04/20/1899

>Enescu, George [Composer] : Sonata for violin & piano no 3 in A minor ("dans le caractere populaire roumain"), Op. 25
  • Performers: Remus Azoitei (Violin); Eduard Stan (Piano)
  • Notes: Radio Bremen, Germany (03/14/2006-03/17/2006)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Enescu, George [Composer] : Ballade for piano in B flat major
  • Performers: Remus Azoitei (Violin); Eduard Stan (Piano)
  • Notes: Radio Bremen, Germany (03/14/2006-03/17/2006)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Enescu, George [Composer] : Impromptu concertant, for violin & piano in G flat major
  • Performers: Remus Azoitei (Violin); Eduard Stan (Piano)
  • Notes: Radio Bremen, Germany (03/14/2006-03/17/2006)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 10/23/1903

>Enescu, George [Composer] : Andante malinconico, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Remus Azoitei (Violin); Eduard Stan (Piano)
  • Notes: Radio Bremen, Germany (03/14/2006-03/17/2006)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1951

>Enescu, George [Composer] : Tarantella, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Remus Azoitei (Violin); Eduard Stan (Piano)
  • Notes: Radio Bremen, Germany (03/14/2006-03/17/2006)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 07/31/1895

>Enescu, George [Composer] : Hora Unirei, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Remus Azoitei (Violin); Eduard Stan (Piano)
  • Notes: Radio Bremen, Germany (03/14/2006-03/17/2006)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1917

>Enescu, George [Composer] : Sonata for violin & piano no 1 in D major, Op. 2
  • Performers: Remus Azoitei (Violin); Eduard Stan (Piano)
  • Notes: Radio Bremen, Germany (03/14/2006-03/17/2006)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 06/02/1897