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Enescu: Piano Quartets 1/ 2 (Piano Quartet No. 1 In D Major/ Piano Quartet No. 2 In D Minor) [CD]

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  • Conductor: -
  • Composer: George Enescu
  • Audio CD (31 May 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B004YHBA2M
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 251,343 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Piano Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 16 (1909) - Schubert Ensemble
2. Piano Quartet No. 2 in D minor, Op. 30 (1944) - Schubert Ensemble

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The Schubert Ensemble have clearly lived with this music for a long time-and loved it.Subtlety,restraint,perfect unanimity withn the ebb and flow of the inbuilt Rubato-they have it all,plus the sudden blazes of energy required in both Quartets' finales.The limipidity and crystalline touch of William Howard's pianism impresses throughout.These works are magnificently performed here. An important release. Peformance ***** Recording **** --BBC Music Magazine,Aug'11

Excellent playing in a valuble disc that should help bring Enescu a step further towards the attention he deserves. **** --Classic fm Magazine,Aug'11

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5.0 out of 5 stars A magical world 5 April 2012
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Just sample the second movement of the first quartet and allow the music to transport you... where, I know not but to a place where all is resolved. Purple prose, I know, but this music inhabits a special sound world: unresolved and suspended, harmonious not violently discordant; more in the late romantic tradition of the turn of the century than the Second Viennese School.
The Schubert Ensemble members are supreme advocates for these two works: there is passion for the enormous climaxes contrasted with filigree delicacy, all held together with masterful control. This is special music which deserves to be more widely known.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary Enescu 12 Oct 2012
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This is remarkable music given a passionate and committed performance by the Schubert Ensemble. Enescu's music is still largely unknown, but anyone wanting to explore it could not find a better place to start than with this disc. Sample the heady, dreamlike slow movement of the second quartet or the lyrical, rhapsodic opening of the first quartet. It might take a few listens to really get into the language, but once you do it will haunt you. This is chamber music of the highest quality, and once you've discovered it you'll wonder how you ever lived without. The Schubert Ensemble are ideal advocates, rising to the considerable technical challenges with aplomb, allowing the music to breath where it needs to and letting rip in all the right places.
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3.0 out of 5 stars great music, disappointing recorded performance 19 Nov 2011
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Enescu Piano Quartets are music at the highest level. However, I did not find these recordings at all satisfying.

This music is generally in the expressive vein of Brahms, but with a more rhapsodic, less structured style. A forceful performance is required to bring it into focus. Although the Schubert Ensemble plays with refinement and skill, they do not seem to bring a forceful vision to the performance of this music, and it just seems to drift. The problem is accentuated by audio engineering which is too distant and lacking in bite. The whole thing seems to be behind a veil.

There is a much better performance of the Piano Quartet No 2 on a release by Albany records. It also has a superb recording of Enescu's Chamber Symphony. For the first Piano Quartet there are other alternatives, but I have not heard them.

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