Georges Enescu       (2-Meloclassic 2022)
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Georges Enescu       (2-Meloclassic 2022)
S0670. GEORGES ENESCU, w.Georges de Lausnay (Pf.): Violin Sonata #7 in c, Op.30, #2; GEORGES ENESCU, w.Delecluse, Alès, Jamet, Oubradous, Marchesini, Devémy, Crunelle & Moreau: Septet in E-flat, Op.20 (both Beethoven); Introduction & Allegro in G-flat (Ravel).(Germany) 2-Meloclassic 2022, Live Performances, 1948 & 1951, Paris. Final sealed copy! - 791154054123


“…following the natural flow of talented musicians at that time, Enescu entered the Paris Conservatoire. Here he studied composition alongside Ravel, Ducasse and Boulanger, and performance alongside Thibaud, Flesch and the pianist Cortot. Enescu's struggle to divide his time between the violin and composing continued through his years at the Paris Conservatoire.

In the opening decade of the twentieth century Enescu established a routine which he was to follow for the rest of his life. He usually spent the summer in Romania but based most of his professional activities in Paris. He made impressive débuts in Berlin in 1902, in London in 1903 and in Russia in 1910, the year in which he performed all the Beethoven violin sonatas with Edouard Risler in Paris. In 1923 he began regular tours to the United States as a violinist, conductor and teacher. This led him in 1925 to Yehudi Menuhin (1916-1999). Through Menuhin we have been granted the privilege of many Enescu recordings, and their concerts together remain among the most treasured performances of the twentieth century. Enescu's American masterclasses have been faithfully transcribed and provide an invaluable teaching legacy. America's hospitality did not go unnoticed by Enescu, who reported: ‘I was simply delighted when America welcomed me first as a composer and only afterwards as conductor and violinist. I was first and foremost awarded the title of composer, which was the supreme bliss for me’.

In the immediate post-war years he recorded the Bach solo sonatas and partitas. In Bucharest in 1945 he conducted the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with David Oistrakh as soloist. He also conducted the Rumanian premiere of Shostakovich’s Symphony #7 (The Leningrad). There was a happy association with Oistrakh playing the Bach Double Concerto with him in Moscow in 1946 when he also conducted symphonies by Beethoven and Tchaikovsky and accompanied Oistrakh in a violin sonata by Grieg. The Soviet Union loved him but he objected to Communism and refused to return.

Enescu was recognized during his life as a violinist, conductor, teacher and pianist. While his multiple skills created confusion over his public identity, Noel Malcolm regards them as being ‘simply the partial expressions of a single, extraordinary, total musicality of mind’."

- Michael Waiblinger