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George Enescu: the Legendary Violinist

Main Performer
or Conductor:
George Enescu
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Orchestre Symphonique de Paris
Soloists:George Enescu, violin
Yehudi Menuhin, violin ( BWV1043 only )
Pierre Monteux, conductor ( BWV1043 only )
Sanford Schluessel, piano ( in Handel, Corelli, Pugnani, Chausson )
Individual Works:Double Concerto in D minor, BWV 1043
Sonata Nr. 1 for Solo Violin in G minor BWV 1001

And works by Handel, Corelli, Chausson, Pugnani.

Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Edition Modern
Catalog Number:ED MN 3001
Year Released/Recorded:1929-1948
Total Playing Time:N/A
Comments:George Murnu said:

This recording brings almost all of Enescu's recordings when he was in his prime; exceptions are a small series of miniatures he recorded with Edward C. Harris. By far the greatest amount of time on this CD is dedicated to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, a composer that was very close to Enescu's heart throughout his career. In fact today's popularity of Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin is due in no small part to Enescu championing these works throughout his career. And if the recording on the First Violin Sonata BWV 1001 on this CD is the only one in this collection that shows Enescu past his prime, it nonetheless shows his unique insights on this score and his peerless musicianship. The other Bach recording shows however Enescu at the height of his powers: it is the legendary recording of the Double Concerto in D minor, BWV1043 he made with his pupil, Yehudi Menuhin. Remarkably, Enescu, the teacher, plays the second violin and Menuhin, the pupil, plays first violin. This is one of the 20th century great musical partnerships, and Enescu and Menuhin are aided by Monteux conducting. Of the rest of the items, the Chausson Poeme stands out: it is simply the best recording ever. The notes of the CD include an unique text by David Oistrach who talks about Enescu; the text is available in both English and French. A fascinating insight in the art of one of the 20th Century greatest and most underrated musicians.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • George Murnu
Date First Submitted:11/18/2000