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  • Audio CD (9 Jan. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B006660TS0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Disc: 1

1. Symphony No 1 in E flat major Op. 13: Assez vif et rythmé
2. Symphony No 1 in E flat major Op. 13: Lent
3. Symphony No 1 in E flat major Op. 13: Vif et vigoureux
4. Symphony No 2 in A major Op. 17: Vivace ma non troppo
5. Symphony No 2 in A major Op. 17: Andante giusto
6. Symphony No 2 in A major Op. 17: Un poco lento, marziale
7. Symphony No 2 in A major Op. 17: Allegro vivace, marziale

Disc: 2

1. Symphony No 3 in C major Op. 3: I Moderato, un poco maestoso
2. Symphony No 3 in C major Op. 3: II Vivace, ma non troppo
3. Symphony No 3 in C major Op. 3: III Lento, ma non troppo
4. Sonata for Violin and Piano no.3 in D major Op.25: Vivace con brio
5. Sonata for Violin and Piano no.3 in D major Op.25: Andantino cantabile
6. Sonata for Violin and Piano no.3 in D major Op.25: Allegro con spirito

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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa01b3480) out of 5 stars 3 reviews
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HASH(0xa00d4840) out of 5 stars A must have at a bargain price 20 Nov. 2012
By AndrewCF - Published on Amazon.com
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I could probably go on forever talking about the imposed limits of the repertoire in the American concert hall. While new works get commissioned, audiences seem to expect the 3 B's, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky ad nauseum. While I recognize that these composers are great, why is the programming so standardized? Do these musical directors think that ticket sales are based on hearing the same old same old? Enough venting.

Enesco is a great and important composer. It is pitiable that his sole contribution to the repertoire is the overly familiar Rumanian Rhapsody No. 1. If audiences could discover that his symphonies are exciting, tonal, and inspirational, would they be programmed once in a while. Probably not.

It is not a surprise that the first Symphony, written in 1905, shows scholarship and influence of many of the important composers of that time. After all, Enescu was a prodigy who attended the Paris Conservatoire at the age of 13. While the notes in this set calls this work "Wagnerian," I hear no traces. To me, the groundbreaking influence of Busoni seems apparent, and Karlowicz, who was so affected by Tchaikovsky, seems to have touched a chord here. The Lent movement comes close to the decadence of the Expressionists, but Enescu will not completely unleash from his academic structure until the third Symphony. Still, one cannot help but be struck by a voice that seems unique despite its influences.

Enescu's Symphony No. 2 (1915) seems to back-peddle. The listener will not find it difficult to realize that the first movement (Vivace) is a hybrid of Richard Strauss and Sibelius. Clearly, Strauss' Symphonia domestica (not Heldenleben, as claimed in the notes) has profoundly moved Enescu, and there is no subtlety in the brass and timpani outbursts and the sustenuto notes which stretch beyond the bar, which is so characteristic of Sibelius. And while the annotator calls the Andante "hothouse," the music is more like Szymanowski's Second, not third symphony (still subservient to Strauss). By the final movements, Enescu is searching for his own style, making this symphony fascinating.

Clearly , the third symphony is Enescu's masterpiece. The decadence of Scriabin and Szymanowski , with the wordless, mysterious chorus in the background, makes for "hothouse" tonality, tempered by a restraint that does not allow utter abandonment. Enescu is searching for his personal style, a modern and unique sound. That the symphony ends in a slow, almost repentant movement makes me want to hear this work again.

The fill-up Third Sonata on this disc returns to Enescu's native roots, and is very much akin to the Bloch sonatas. The two soloists are excellent, as is the recording.

Lawrence Foster has done a superb job with these symphonies. Do not be tempted to purchase the cheaper versions on Arte Nova. They are not in the same league.
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HASH(0xa00e32c4) out of 5 stars The rest of Enescu. 10 Dec. 2013
By Ronald B. Ein - Published on Amazon.com
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Enescu's symphonies tend to be ignored by classical music broadcasters, replaced mainly by the Roumanian Rhapsody. But they are interesting and very different from that piece. There is little of the folk-music about the symphonies. Rather, they show a middle style of 20th century symphonic music, with interesting, if not startling, harmonies, long stretches of melody and a full orchestra to capture a large palette of tone. With nothing with which to compare it, I find this a very satisfying recording.
HASH(0xa00d81e0) out of 5 stars Fine interpretations of Enescu's symphonical innovations 8 Aug. 2015
By Bing-Alguin - Published on Amazon.com
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George Enescu's orchestral production is not over-represented on discs, especially not the three great symphonies of the early decades of the 20th century. Lawrence Foster made a glorious contribution to the understanding of this miraculous cosmos of sonorities of Enescu's, conducting the first two ones with Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo and the third one with Orchestre National de Lyon.
Enescu's symphonies are long and intense at the same time, and very demanding for the listener, though, with a lot of patient penetrating into its amazing spheres, very rewarding at the same time. The first one, composed in 1905 in E flat (Enescu is mainly a "Major" composer!), is the shortest, with its three movements, and the most conventional in its tonal language. The second and the third, on the other hand, are large and more complicated, a fascinating conquering of new sonorous terrain, though composed in the classical scheme of tonality (A and C). Those ones will really give you a strong feeling of new discoveries, something mysterious and often enigmatic, particularly so in the third symphony with its choral contribution, sung by an ensemble with the suggestive name Choeur de chambre Les Élément!
There is a fill-up in this 2CD-disc from 2004: the violin sonata No. 3 in D, brilliantly performed by Valery Sokolov (v) and Svetlana Kosenko (p). Sometomes I feel that chamber music was Enescu's true field, where he was most at ease and inspired. This impression is really verified by this splendid interpretation.
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