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The Unknown Enescu, Vol. 1: Music for Violin / Sherban Lupu, violin; Enescu Ensemble

Album Summary

>Enescu, George [Composer] : Aubade, for violin, viola & cello in C major
>Enescu, George [Composer] : Pastorale, Menuet Triste et Nocturne, for violin & piano, 4 hands
>Enescu, George [Composer] : Sarabande, for violin
>Enescu, George [Composer] : Serenade lointaine, for violin, cello & piano
>Enescu, George [Composer] : Andante malinconico, for violin & piano
>Enescu, George [Composer] : Prelude & Gavotte, for violin, cello & 2 pianos
>Lupu, Sherban : Airs dans le genre roumin, for violin
>Enescu, George [Composer] : Legende, for violin & piano
>Enescu, George [Composer] : Serenade en sourdine, for violin, cello & piano in E minor
>Lupu, Sherban : Fantaisie concertante, for violin (completed by Lupu)
>Enescu, George [Composer] : Nocturne for violin, viola, cello & piano ("Villa d'avrayen")
>Enescu, George [Composer] : Hora Unirei, for violin & piano
>Enescu, George [Composer] : Aria and Scherzino, for violin, viola, cello, double bass & piano
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Enescu is one of the great composers, although the world has yet to realise the extent of his achievement. His small published uvre of 33 opus numbers belies the amount of music he produced: he composed prolifically but, as he was both a perfectionist and a busy performer, much of his music is still unknown, allowing us to present herein, the Unknown Enescu.

American Record Guide, May/June 2013
My favorite piece here is the four-movement Airs in the Romanian Style for solo violin from 1926, the same year as the great Violin Sonata 3. It contains much material that resembles the sonata and the Impressions of Childhood from 1940. There is also a very fine movement for piano quartet, Nocturne 'Villa d'Avrayen', from 1931-36. It is a rich-textured work written in a dark, late-romantic style and shows a maturity and perfection that appear only fleetingly in the early music. The last piece here is the very chromatic 'Andantino Malinconico', written in 1951 as a sight-reading test for the Paris Conservatory. It is full of modulations and enharmonic notations calculated to trip up the students. It is just over two minutes, but it is a very mature work.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The "Mihail Jora" Concert Hall, Radio Broadcasting Hous (04/10/2011-04/11/2011); The Kranert Center for the Performing Arts, University (04/10/2011-04/11/2011); The "Mihail Jora" Concert Hall, Radio Broadcasting Hous (06/05/2005-06/07/2005); The Kranert Center for the Performing Arts, University (06/05/2005-06/07/2005).



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>Enescu, George [Composer] : Aubade, for violin, viola & cello in C major
  • Performers: Ian Hobson (Piano); Sherban Lupu (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Enescu Ensemble
  • Notes: The Kranert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois (04/10/2011-04/11/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 11/1899

>Enescu, George [Composer] : Pastorale, Menuet Triste et Nocturne, for violin & piano, 4 hands
  • Performer: Sherban Lupu (Violin)
  • Conductor: Sherban Lupu
  • Ensemble: Enescu Ensemble of the University of Illinois
  • Notes: The "Mihail Jora" Concert Hall, Radio Broadcasting House, Romanian Radio, Bucharest (06/05/2005-06/07/2005)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1900

>Enescu, George [Composer] : Sarabande, for violin
  • Performer: Sherban Lupu (Violin)
  • Notes: The "Mihail Jora" Concert Hall, Radio Broadcasting House, Romanian Radio, Bucharest (06/05/2005-06/07/2005)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1910-1915

>Enescu, George [Composer] : Sérénade lointaine, for violin, cello & piano
  • Performers: Marin Cazacu (Cello); Sherban Lupu (Violin); Ilinca Dumitrescu (Piano)
  • Notes: The "Mihail Jora" Concert Hall, Radio Broadcasting House, Romanian Radio, Bucharest (06/05/2005-06/07/2005)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 11/15/1903

>Enescu, George [Composer] : Andante malinconico, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Sherban Lupu (Violin); Ilinca Dumitrescu (Piano)
  • Notes: The "Mihail Jora" Concert Hall, Radio Broadcasting House, Romanian Radio, Bucharest (06/05/2005-06/07/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1951

>Enescu, George [Composer] : Prelude & Gavotte, for violin, cello & 2 pianos
  • Performers: Samir Golescu (Piano); Ian Hobson (Piano); Sherban Lupu (Violin); Dmitry Kouzov (Cello)
  • Notes: The Kranert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois (04/10/2011-04/11/2011)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1898

>Lupu, Sherban : Airs dans le genre roumin, for violin
  • Performer: Sherban Lupu (Violin)
  • Notes: The "Mihail Jora" Concert Hall, Radio Broadcasting House, Romanian Radio, Bucharest (06/05/2005-06/07/2005)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1926

>Enescu, George [Composer] : Légende, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Ian Hobson (Piano); Sherban Lupu (Violin)
  • Notes: The Kranert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois (04/10/2011-04/11/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1891

>Enescu, George [Composer] : Sérénade en sourdine, for violin, cello & piano in E minor
  • Performers: Sherban Lupu (Violin); Dmitry Kouzov (Cello)
  • Notes: The Kranert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois (04/10/2011-04/11/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 11/15/1903

>Lupu, Sherban : Fantaisie concertante, for violin (completed by Lupu)
  • Performer: Sherban Lupu (Violin)
  • Conductor: Sherban Lupu
  • Notes: The "Mihail Jora" Concert Hall, Radio Broadcasting House, Romanian Radio, Bucharest (06/05/2005-06/07/2005)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 10/10/1932

>Enescu, George [Composer] : Nocturne for violin, viola, cello & piano ("Villa d'avrayen")
  • Performers: Ian Hobson (Piano); Sherban Lupu (Violin); Masumi Rostad (Viola)
  • Conductor: Sherban Lupu
  • Notes: The Kranert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois (04/10/2011-04/11/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1931-1936

>Enescu, George [Composer] : Hora Unirei, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Ian Hobson (Piano); Sherban Lupu (Violin)
  • Notes: The Kranert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois (04/10/2011-04/11/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1917

>Enescu, George [Composer] : Aria and Scherzino, for violin, viola, cello, double bass & piano
  • Performer: Sherban Lupu (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Enescu Ensemble of the University of Illinois
  • Notes: The "Mihail Jora" Concert Hall, Radio Broadcasting House, Romanian Radio, Bucharest (06/05/2005-06/07/2005)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1909