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Enescu: Piano Quintet & Piano Quartet No.2
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 27 March 2011
George Enescu is not only one of those composers who seem destined to be thought of on the sidelines of classical music, such as Bloch, Busoni, Dukas, Holst, Robert Simpson and Szymanowski, but, like them, seemingly fated to be perennially undervalued.
Enescu is an important figure in musical history, as composer, but also teacher (most notably perhaps of Menuhin), violinist, conductor, director of the Bucharest Opera, and, by all accounts, a generally very fine man and musician.
His one opera, Oedipe (see my review of the near-perfect EMI recording in these pages) is sensationally good, and should be far better known, not to mention more frequently performed. All of his music is worth getting to know. These two chamber works might be a happy place to start.
The Piano Quintet is an often sinuous work, utterly beguiling, full of inventive ideas and choppy moods, musically rich and with an East European tang that is irresistible.
The Piano Quartet is a wonderful work, perhaps more refined, more brooding, than the quintet, with a lyricism that is disarming and, coming after the fulsome quintet, swept this listener off his feet.
63 minutes of totally committed music, by an undeservedly sidelined genius, played with utter conviction by The Solomon Ensemble, on yet another Naxos bargain gem.
Recorded at Potton Hall, Suffolk (Naxos do get about) with the usual informative sleevenotes and pleasingly obscure yet apt cover painting, this is a disc I shall play often and with relish.
Eagerly recommended.
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