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Cat. No. CHAN 10790 Price: £10.5 No. of discs: 1
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CHAN 10790 - Enescu: Piano Trio/Piano Quintet/Aria and Scherzino
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Available From: 19 August 2013
Enescu: Piano Trio/Piano Quintet/Aria and Scherzino
In addition to being a world-class violinist, pianist, conductor, and teacher, George Enescu was a well-renowned composer. In fact, his most celebrated violin pupil, Yehudi Menuhin, made the prediction that Enescu’s compositions would become ‘one of the great discoveries of the twenty-first century’, and, indeed, in recent years Enescu’s works have become more widely performed.
 
This is the Schubert Ensemble’s second album devoted to works by Enescu. Classic FM magazine wrote of the preceding volume: ‘The Schubert Ensemble can be applauded to the skies for bringing Enescu’s ridiculously neglected chamber music to the fore... excellent playing in a valuable disc that should help bring Enescu a step further towards the attention he deserves.
 
The Piano Trio is one of the very few works that Enescu composed during the Second World War; however, it was not performed until years later, after it was discovered by the pianist Hilda Jerea who premiered it in 1967. After this performance the work disappeared from view for another three decades, until the Enescu authority Pascal Bentoiu presented his own in-depth edition of the work. The Schubert Ensemble planned to base this recording on Bentoiu’s edition of the score, but came to amend it in numerous ways after a close study of the composer’s heavily annotated manuscript: ‘Our admiration for Bentoiu increased as we worked, but we ended up making a large number of changes to his version, where we felt we could bring greater conviction to our performance and coherence to the piece… The end result of all this work was not an edition that we could claim is in any way definitive, and even necessarily an improvement on Bentoiu’s, but one that is our own and which helped us to feel more in touch with the piece and to bring greater conviction to our performance of it.’
 
Also on this album, we find the brief Aria and Scherzino for violin, viola, cello, double-bass, and piano, and the Piano Quintet which, like the Piano Trio, was left unperformed for the duration of the composer’s lifetime. This work is inspired partly by folkdances, and partly by the compositional style of Enescu’s teacher, Gabriel Fauré.
 
The Schubert Ensemble has established itself over the last thirty years as one of the world’s leading exponents of music for piano and strings. Regularly giving more than fifty concerts a year in over forty different countries, it has more than eighty commissions to its name and has recorded more than thirty critically acclaimed CDs, many of them with Chandos Records
Reviews

“… I can’t recall a time that the Schubert Ensemble has disappointed me, and their performances on this disc are no exception. This is a significant addition to Enescu’s chamber music discography, and a beautifully produced recording that is strongly recommended to all.”

Jerry Dubins – Fanfare – March.April 2014

 “… committed and passionate performances.”

Hugh Canning – The Sunday Times (Culture magazine) – 15 December 2013

                            **** (Excellent disc)     *** (Good Sound)
Jacques Bonnaure - Classica magazine (France) - December 2013/January 2014

"... A warmly rounded Potton Hall recording finishes off a highly recommended release."
Matthew Rye - The Strad magazine - December 2013

                      Repertoire  *****      Sound ****      Interpretation ****
Robert Nemecek - Ensemble magazine (Germany) - December 2013/January 2014

                  Performance *****       Recording *****
"... A superb performance, alive to the music’s every nuance... A very special release."
Calum MacDonald - BBC Music magazine - December 2013

"... a splendidly idiomatic performance [Aria and Scherzino] from the Romanian violinist Remus Azoitei, light of touch but deep of perception. The two chamber pieces that are the main works on this record are admirably played by the Schubert Ensemble, also warm in heir perception of music that deepens with familiarity..."
John Warrack - Gramophone magazine - October 2013

 "... Perhaps newcomers should play these works in reverse order on this CD - having thus assimilated them, listeners can return to this superb disc at will, secure in the knowledge that their musical experience has been distinctly enhanced."
Robert Matthew-Walker - International Record Review - October 2013

"...this proves to be a most rewarding release."
Peter Spaull - Liverpool Post - 19 September 2013

 

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