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George Enescu: Octet Op. 7; Quintet Op. 29

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If, indeed, this is the first recording of George Enescu's Piano Quintet Op. 29, where has this passionate, big-boned masterpiece been hiding since it was written in 1940? It has everything: long, surging melodies; ravishing harmonies best described as "red meat Fauré"; delicate counterpoint that suddenly explodes into orchestral ecstasy; sustained string lines decorated by magical keyboard flourishes. Stylistically, it sounds as if it could have been written before the same composer's Op. 7 Octet from 1900, whose terse idiom and restless polyphony wouldn't be out of place in Shostakovich. Nonesuch provides engineering that's roomy yet well-defined, and perfectly suited to these works. And how are the performances? Passionate and big-boned, for starters, and lovingly prepared. In the Octet, Kremer sometimes lunges at high notes with tremulous intonation, but not in the Quintet. If you're a chamber music fan bent on new discoveries, this disc is for you. Highly recommended. --Jed Distler

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  • Performer: Kremerata Baltica, Gidon Kremer, Dzeraldas Bidva, Ula Ulijona, Marta Sudraba, et al.
  • Composer: George Enescu
  • Audio CD (May 21, 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B0000669X8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #413,165 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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