George Enescu: Chamber Music, 1895-1906

George Enescu: Chamber Music, 1895-1906

by Claudia Bara


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George Enescu: Chamber Music, 1895-1906

This collection of chamber pieces by the young George Enescu, written in his teens and early twenties, presents music that's very rarely played, at least outside of Romania. It might not seem a high-priority repertoire, yet the album offers at the very least an hour of pleasant listening that reveals this composer's considerable melodic gift at the point where it was just flowering. Enescu's most famous compositions, the pair of "Romanian Rhapsodies for orchestra," were written in the middle of the time span delimited by these works, and it is interesting to hear how he develops ideas for those larger pieces. There are vigorous dances, not only Romanian (try the Vivace Saltarello from the "Nocturne et Saltarello for cello and piano" of 1897 on track 8), melodies that seem to hang between tonality and folk modal scales, and a light melancholy that verges on the salon without ever settling in there. The assortment of young European chamber musicians involved here gives the music just the right balance between passion and convention. Chamber players of any nation will find some audience-fetching music here, and Enescu lovers and fans of Eastern European chamber music especially will welcome this release despite over-close miking that picks up lots of heavy breathing.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/10/2011
Label: Indesens
UPC: 3760039839305
catalogNumber: 36
Rank: 158010


  1. Tarantella, for violin & piano
  2. Sérénade lointaine, for violin, cello & piano
  3. Aubade, for violin, viola & cello in C major
  4. Légende, for trumpet & piano
  5. Pastorale, Menuet Triste et Nocturne, for violin & piano, 4 hands
  6. Nocturne and Saltarello, for cello & piano
  7. Cantabile and Presto, for flute & piano
  8. Concert Piece, for viola & piano
  9. Ballade, for violin & orchestra, Op. 4a
  10. Impromptu concertant, for violin & piano in G flat major
  11. Suite for piano No. 2 in D major, Op. 10

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