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  • Performer: The Solomon Ensemble
  • Composer: George Enescu
  • Audio CD (April 15, 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • Run Time: 63 minutes
  • ASIN: B00008IHW4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #362,706 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 2, 2003
Format: Audio CD
A few months ago I submitted a review of Gidon Kremer's group playing Enescu's Octet and the Piano Quintet included on this disc. In preparing that review I was forced to start thinking about Enescu's style and although at that time I was having some problems coming to terms with the Quintet, this current issue has helped me crystallize my thinking (and, I think, come to understand the Quintet better, finally). It's simple, really: Enescu is an Impressionist Romantic. Is there such a category? Well, maybe I just invented it. But come to think of it composers like Szymanowski and Scriabin may be Impressionist Romantics, too. See what I mean? These composers use impressionist harmonic procedures in the service of writing pieces with Romantic gestures. Sums it up pretty well, I think.

These two pieces are very similar (which, considering they have consecutive opus numbers, probably isn't too surprising). Each is a three movement work, the first two movements of which are rather dreamy or introspective and very subtle in their form and content, particularly in the manipulation of thematic materials. At first one thinks, as one often does with Impressionist-sounding pieces, that they are somewhat meandering, somewhat formless. But nothing could be further from the case, hence my use of the term 'subtle.' They hang together without being obvious about it, and then culminate in a rip-roaring (well, relatively speaking) finale. For me, each of these finales is the high point of its piece. Perhaps that's because the subtlety of the first two movements leaves one with a yearning for some kind of outspokenness and some sort of summing up. And that's what these two finales do.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Discophage TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 12, 2007
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I thought I was fairly knowledgeable in the music of the Rumanian George Enescu (or Enesco as his name his written in French - France was his second country). With 31 opuses his numbered output is relatively small anyway, and I have one complete series of his orchestral music on Marco Polo plus one partial one on Erato (conducted by Lawrence Foster), multiple versions of his Violin and Piano Sonatas, his String Quartets, his Piano Sonatas and Suites. Recently I discovered his Impressions d'Enfance for Violin and Piano, a late piece (1940) and a masterpiece of equal stature as his famous 3rd Violin and Piano Sonata "Dans le caractère populaire roumain" (In the Rumanian Folk Character).

An ongoing survey of his Violin and Piano output (see my reviews of Menuhin Plays Enescu, Szymanowski, Prokofiev, Ravel, Andre Gertler performs Milhaud Violin Concert No 2, Violin Sonata No 2; Enescu Violin Sonata No 3 (Supraphon), Les Introuvables de Christian Ferras, West Meets East: The Historic Shankar/Menuhin Sessions, Franck, Debussy, Enesco: Violin Sonatas,
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By G. Metcalf on October 18, 2005
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This is a well-played and well-recorded CD. If you already know you like Enescu this can be recommended without further comment. Personally I found these two pieces difficult. There are plenty of interesting bits here and there but the overall logic of these two compositions was hard for me to follow. I bought this along with a recording of his violin sonatas and found myself on firmer ground there. As Mr. Morrison says in his typically helpful review one can certainly hear Faure in these works. I prefer Faure's piano quintets. Still this can be recommended due to its overall high quality and novel content.
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