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George Enescu: Complete Works for Violin and Piano, Vol. 2 - Violin Sonata no 1; Impressions d'enfance, Op. 28 et al. / Axel Strauss, violin; Ilya Poletaev, piano

Album Summary

>Enescu, George [Composer] : Sonata for violin & piano no 1 in D major, Op. 2
>Enescu, George [Composer] : Ballade, for violin & orchestra, Op. 4a
>Enescu, George [Composer] : Tarantella, for violin & piano
>Enescu, George [Composer] : Aubade, for violin, viola & cello in C major
>Enescu, George [Composer] : Hora Unirei, for violin & piano
>Enescu, George [Composer] : Andante malinconico, for violin & piano
>Enescu, George [Composer] : Impressions d'enfance, for violin & piano in D major, Op. 28
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

A prodigious talent as a performer, Pablo Casals dubbed George Enescu "the greatest musical phenomenon since Mozart". His compositions occupy a special place among the vast repertoire of works for violin and piano. Enescu wrote the spirited First Sonata aged 16, synthesizing the influence of Beethoven and Brahms into a work with rich, symphonic textures and remarkable polyphonic sophistication. The late Andantino malinconico is a haunting musical labyrinth, while the unpublished Tarantella is as close as Enescu came to writing a virtuoso violin morceau. The first of this two-volume set can be found on Naxos 8.572691.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
Most of this music dates from around the same time as the first two violin sonatas, and it is pleasant. The two exceptions are the Andantino Malinconico and the Impressions of Childhood. The Andantino is one of his very last works, written in 1951 as a sight-reading test for the Paris Conservatory. The major work here is Impressions of Childhood, written in 1940 when the composer was in his late 50s. It is a suite of movements depicting how he as a child experienced the world around him. It is his masterpiece for the violin - stylistically more advanced than even the Gypsyish Violin Sonata 3. Gidon Kremer and Oleg Maisenberg do a superb job interpreting this music (Sept/Oct 1997). I would recommend this release for it fine performance of the sonata, but the Impressions is a far more interesting work.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall, San Francisco, Californi (01/02/2012-01/05/2012).



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>Enescu, George [Composer] : Sonata for violin & piano no 1 in D major, Op. 2
  • Performers: Ilya Poletaev (Piano); Axel Strauss (Violin)
  • Notes: Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall, San Francisco, California, USA (01/02/2012-01/05/2012)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 06/02/1897

>Enescu, George [Composer] : Ballade, for violin & orchestra, Op. 4a
  • Performers: Ilya Poletaev (Piano); Axel Strauss (Violin)
  • Notes: Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall, San Francisco, California, USA (01/02/2012-01/05/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 11/09/1895

>Enescu, George [Composer] : Tarantella, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Ilya Poletaev (Piano); Axel Strauss (Violin)
  • Notes: Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall, San Francisco, California, USA (01/02/2012-01/05/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 07/31/1895

>Enescu, George [Composer] : Aubade, for violin, viola & cello in C major
  • Performers: Ilya Poletaev (Piano); Axel Strauss (Violin)
  • Notes: Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall, San Francisco, California, USA (01/02/2012-01/05/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 11/1899

>Enescu, George [Composer] : Hora Unirei, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Ilya Poletaev (Piano); Axel Strauss (Violin)
  • Notes: Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall, San Francisco, California, USA (01/02/2012-01/05/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1917

>Enescu, George [Composer] : Andante malinconico, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Ilya Poletaev (Piano); Axel Strauss (Violin)
  • Notes: Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall, San Francisco, California, USA (01/02/2012-01/05/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1951

>Enescu, George [Composer] : Impressions d'enfance, for violin & piano in D major, Op. 28
  • Performers: Ilya Poletaev (Piano); Axel Strauss (Violin)
  • Notes: Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall, San Francisco, California, USA (01/02/2012-01/05/2012)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 04/10/1940