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Enescu: Romanian Rhapsodies 1, 2, Poeme Roumain, Symphonie concertante & 3 Suites for Orchestra

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  • Orchestra: Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo
  • Conductor: Lawrence Foster
  • Composer: George Enescu
  • Audio CD (9 May 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B0007TF11C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,834 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Enescu : 2 Romanian Rhapsodies Op.11 : No.1 in A major
  2. Enescu : 2 Romanian Rhapsodies Op.11 : No.2 in D major
  3. Enescu : Poème roumain Op.1
  4. "Enescu : Orchestral Suite No.3 in D major Op.27, 'Villageoise' : I The Countryside Anew"
  5. "Enescu : Orchestral Suite No.3 in D major Op.27, 'Villageoise' : II Children Out of Doors"
  6. "Enescu : Orchestral Suite No.3 in D major Op.27, 'Villageoise' : III The Old Childhood House at Sunset - Shepherd"
  7. "Enescu : Orchestral Suite No.3 in D major Op.27, 'Villageoise' : IV River in the Moonlight"
  8. "Enescu : Orchestral Suite No.3 in D major Op.27, 'Villageoise' : V Country Dances"

Disc: 2

  1. Enescu : Orchestral Suite No.1 in C major Op.9 : I Prélude à l'unisson
  2. Enescu : Orchestral Suite No.1 in C major Op.9 : II Menuet lent
  3. Enescu : Orchestral Suite No.1 in C major Op.9 : III Intermède
  4. Enescu : Orchestral Suite No.1 in C major Op.9 : IV Finale
  5. Enescu : Orchestral Suite No.2 in C major Op.20 : I Overture
  6. Enescu : Orchestral Suite No.2 in C major Op.20 : II Sarabande
  7. Enescu : Orchestral Suite No.2 in C major Op.20 : III Gigue
  8. Enescu : Orchestral Suite No.2 in C major Op.20 : IV Menuet grave
  9. Enescu : Orchestral Suite No.2 in C major Op.20 : V Air
  10. Enescu : Orchestral Suite No.2 in C major Op.20 : VI Bourrée
  11. Enescu : Symphonie concertante Op.8

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Disc: 1

1. Enescu : 2 Romanian Rhapsodies Op.11 : No.1 in A major
2. Enescu : 2 Romanian Rhapsodies Op.11 : No.2 in D major
3. Enescu : Poème roumain Op.1
4. Enescu : Orchestral Suite No.3 in D major Op.27, 'Villageoise' : I The Countryside Anew"
5. "Enescu : Orchestral Suite No.3 in D major Op.27, 'Villageoise' : II Children Out of Doors"
6. "Enescu : Orchestral Suite No.3 in D major Op.27, 'Villageoise' : III The Old Childhood House at Sunset
7. "Enescu : Orchestral Suite No.3 in D major Op.27, 'Villageoise' : IV River in the Moonlight"
8. "Enescu : Orchestral Suite No.3 in D major Op.27, 'Villageoise' : V Country Dances"

Disc: 2

1. Enescu : Orchestral Suite No.1 in C major Op.9 : I Prélude à l'unisson
2. Enescu : Orchestral Suite No.1 in C major Op.9 : II Menuet lent
3. Enescu : Orchestral Suite No.1 in C major Op.9 : III Intermède
4. Enescu : Orchestral Suite No.1 in C major Op.9 : IV Finale
5. Enescu : Orchestral Suite No.2 in C major Op.20 : I Overture
6. Enescu : Orchestral Suite No.2 in C major Op.20 : II Sarabande
7. Enescu : Orchestral Suite No.2 in C major Op.20 : III Gigue
8. Enescu : Orchestral Suite No.2 in C major Op.20 : IV Menuet grave
9. Enescu : Orchestral Suite No.2 in C major Op.20 : V Air
10. Enescu : Orchestral Suite No.2 in C major Op.20 : VI Bourrée
11. Enescu : Symphonie concertante Op.8

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This 2-CD Warner Apex set brings together recordings made in 1984/85 by Lawrence Foster and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo for the much-missed French Erato label. He later recorded Enescu's symphonies for EMI, a set that has, thankfully, recently been re-released George Enescu (20th Century Classics).

Georges Enescu was Romania's most important composer of the 20th century and started out (like Bartók) as a nationalist composer, then symbolist, and later folk music was a great influence, especially the Gypsy music of the Roma. Pretty unfashionable nowadays, as he was when these recordings were made, I think Enescu should be appreciated by those with a taste for large orchestral forces a la Mahler and those late-romantic pieces from just before WWI.

The set includes the three orchestral suites, Romanian Rhapsodies, Op.11, Poème roumain, Op.1, and the Symphonie concertante fro Cello & Orchestra, Op.8. The First Orchestral Suite, Op.9 was premiered in 1903 and it is full of interesting touches, grabbing your attention with unusual effects. This is perhaps the weakest performance here as it's not very intense.

The 1915 Second Orchestral Suite, Op.20 is neoclassical, some years before Prokofiev and Stravinsky! Mainly based on 18th-century dances, here Foster and his forces are light, stylish and lively. Enescu's last Orchestral Suite comes from 1937-38 and is his Op.27 entitled "Villageoise". This builds on the success of the second suite and has much of the rural character of his third violin sonata
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Enescu isn't a terribly well known composer. Perhaps that is because he composed relatively little (his complete orchestral works fill all of five CDs), although his opus one was published when he was 17 (Poème Roumain for large orchestra and wordless chorus; it has to be heard to be believed) and he lived to be 74. He had a very busy life as a violinist, teacher and conductor, but there were many more musicians who would have ideally needed two lives to pursue all their objectives who composed much, much more (Mendelssohn, Schubert and Mozart come to mind). Neither is the quality of his work wanting. The rhapsodies, suites, cello concerto and Poème Roumain on this twofer offer 157 minutes of exhilarating late romantic music, brimful of ideas, brillianty orchestrated (and, as far as I can tell, very well executed and recorded, although careful listening reveals a splice here and there). On the website of The International Enescu Society I found the following explanation:
"The explanation? The real explanation, not the usual ones due to more or less circumstantial elements? There is but one. Enescu's most important works are all displaying an unusual amount of musical information and density.
They are difficult, they are - so to speak - too difficult for the conditions reigning our days' concert halls. In order to be fully understood, they demand to be listened to over and over again, something that is only rarely possible, they demand an extremely high amount of time, energy and commitment from the interpreters (and interpreters nowadays are quite in a bit of a hurry). In short, Enescu's music is therefore asking for a loving approach, for true commitment and almost for a credo from both its musicians and its public.
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A very interesting insight into Romanian classical music.
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