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Enescu: Complete Violin Sonatas 1 [Axel Strauss, Ilya Poletaev] [Naxos: 8572691]

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Product details

  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: George Enescu
  • Audio CD (29 July 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00DOQBV64
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,305 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Violin Sonatas Nos 2 and 3 - Axel Strauss/Ilya Poletaev
  2. Sonata-Torso - Axel Strauss/Ilya Poletaev
  3. Impromptu Concertant - Axel Strauss/Ilya Poletaev

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Axel Strauss, violon - Ilya Poletaev, piano


'Strauss and Poletaev take the work's virtuoso challenges in their stride and at pace...Strauss and Poletaev prove formidable exponents of its many charms [Violin Sonata No. 3]...Polataev accompanies with fire and panache.' --Gramophone, November 2013

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By KaleHawkwood TOP 100 REVIEWER on 23 Jan. 2015
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I tend to think sonatas and other small-scale pieces show a composer naked, as it were, and can often reveal his or her genius without the trimmings of full orchestra and the kitchen sink thrown in.
The Romanian genius George Enescu's music is close to my heart, and is as resonant for me as the music of, say, Berg, Delius or Szymanowsi, among twentieth century composers.
These three violin sonatas are not only lovely works, but are played here on this bargain Naxos disc in performances which could hardly be bettered.
Axel Strauss is the violinist, and pianist Ilya Poletaev (who also wrote the superb booklet notes) accompanies. Both are recorded well on this recent 2011 disc.
If you like Enescu already, this will be an essential purchase; if you are new to this most likable, approachable composer, then here might be a rewarding place to start. (I came to Brahms through his chamber music.)
There is at times an obliqueness in Enescu (though never obscurity or coldness) that reminds me of Bax or even Sibelius. On the whole, he manages, in his own unique voice, to straddle late Romanticism and 20th century innovation. For every lushly expressive phrase there is likely to be a moment of slight dissonance or simply a nod to the Third Viennese School.
These works are all well worth getting to know and, if you're like me, to love. The violin of Axel Strauss plays each note with such attention to the mercurial details of this wonderful music that you quite simply know you're in very good hands.
Like Sibelius, Bax, or Berg, you feel you could listen to the best of Enescu - which is most of his oeuvre - and rarely feel you 'know' it. Music that 'keeps on giving' indeed.
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HASH(0x8eb5c668) out of 5 stars Fantastic music, fantastic playing, well recorded 25 Dec. 2013
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We don't hear too much Enescu these days and it's a pity. Strauss and Poletaev do an incredible job with the violin and piano works here... the passionate interpretations make this disc worth getting. Notes by Mr. Poletaev are a great bonus as well.
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