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ENESCU, George (1881-1955)

COMPLETE WORKS FOR SOLO PIANO • 1


  • Josu de Solaun, piano

This first of three discs devoted to George Enescu’s piano music presents three significant pieces. Indebted to Romanian folk music and in three large sections, the ruminative yet striking Nocturne in D flat is a work of shifting sonorities and moods. The Pièces impromptues, Op. 18 are independent, unrelated character pieces that illuminate once again the composer’s fascination with the indigenous music of Romania. The Sonata No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 24, No. 1 is – by contrast – a massive statement characterised by harmonic surprises, innovative techniques, insistent rhythms and, in the final, slow movement, the doina, a type of Romanian song at once contemplative, nostalgic and melancholic.

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Tracklist

1
Nocturne in D-Flat Major (1907) (00:19:07)
 
Pièces impromptues, Op. 18, "Suite No. 3" (1916) (00:25:00 )
2
I. Mélodie (00:03:15)
3
II. Voix de la steppe (00:03:20)
4
III. Mazurk mélancolique (00:05:28)
5
IV. Burlesque (00:05:34)
6
V. Appassionato (00:04:51)
7
VI. Choral (00:07:16)
8
VII. Carillon nocturne (00:06:52)
 
Piano Sonata No. 1 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 24, No. 1 (1924) (00:25:00 )
9
I. Allegro molto moderato e grave (00:11:05)
10
II. Presto vivace (00:04:40)
11
III. Andante molto espressivo (00:07:38)
Total Time: 01:19:06

The Artist

Pianist Josu De Solaun is the First Prize winner of the XIII George Enescu International Piano Competition in Bucharest (previous winners include the legendary pianists Radu Lupu and Elisabeth Leonskaja) and the XV José Iturbi International Piano Competition. He has been invited to perform in distinguished concert series throughout the world, having made notable appearances in Bucharest (Romanian Athenaeum), St Petersburg (Mariinsky Theatre), Washington DC (Kennedy Center), New York (Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Opera), London (Southbank Centre), Paris (Salle Cortot), Mexico City (Sala Silvestre Revueltas), and all major cities of Spain.

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