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Enescu: Impressions / Hobson, Lupu, Sinfonia Da Camera


Release Date: 02/10/2009 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 1100   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  George Enescu
Performer:  Ian HobsonSherban LupuMirel IancoviciCsaba Erdélyi
Conductor:  Ian Hobson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia da Camera
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

One surrenders to to this music as if to the ineffable rapture of a miraculous dream.

George Enescu was an extraordinary musician. One of the most acclaimed violinists of the last century, he was also an accomplished pianist, conductor, and composer. As a composer he is still too little known and his music too little analyzed outside his native Romania. His music exhibits a very personal blend of time-honored procedures, forward-thinking techniques, and ethnic intimations. The works on this recording belong to the last period of his career and show a rare maturity and depth that contribute to a unique and sometimes difficult to define language.

"Cyclical, energized, colorful, and consistently
Read more engaging, this music...the entire disc provides a new perspective into the kaleidoscope of Enescu's musical character, a real coup for Ian Hobson and his gifted ensemble." - Audiophile Audition

"Impressions of Childhood...is a 23 minute suite blending sonic mimicry, luminous beauty, and plaintive feeling into a magical vision of a child's world. Like all the music on this disc, it's lovingly performed ...One surrenders to to this music as if to the ineffable rapture of a miraculous dream." - The Absolute Sound
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Works on This Recording

1.
Impressions d'enfance, Op. 28 by George Enescu
Performer:  Ian Hobson (Piano), Sherban Lupu (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; Romania 
2.
Chamber Symphony for 12 Instruments, Op. 33 by George Enescu
Conductor:  Ian Hobson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia da Camera
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; Romania 
3.
Quartet for Piano and Strings no 2 by George Enescu
Performer:  Mirel Iancovici (Cello), Sherban Lupu (Violin), Ian Hobson (Piano),
Csaba Erdélyi (Viola)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943-1944; Romania 

Sound Samples

Impressions d'enfance, Op. 28 (arr. for violin and orchestra): No. 1. The Fiddler
Impressions d'enfance, Op. 28 (arr. for violin and orchestra): No. 2. Old Beggar
Impressions d'enfance, Op. 28 (arr. for violin and orchestra): No. 3. Springwell in the Garden
Impressions d'enfance, Op. 28 (arr. for violin and orchestra): No. 4. The Caged Bird and the The Cuckoo Clock
Impressions d'enfance, Op. 28 (arr. for violin and orchestra): No. 5. Lullaby
Impressions d'enfance, Op. 28 (arr. for violin and orchestra): No. 6. Cricket
Impressions d'enfance, Op. 28 (arr. for violin and orchestra): No. 7. Moon Across the Window
Impressions d'enfance, Op. 28 (arr. for violin and orchestra): No. 8. Wind in the Chimney
Impressions d'enfance, Op. 28 (arr. for violin and orchestra): No. 9. Storm Outside in the Night
Impressions d'enfance, Op. 28 (arr. for violin and orchestra): No. 10. Sunrise
Chamber Symphony in E major, Op. 33: I. Molto moderato, un poco maestoso
Chamber Symphony in E major, Op. 33: II. Allegretto molto moderato
Chamber Symphony in E major, Op. 33: III. Adagio
Chamber Symphony in E major, Op. 33: IV. Allegro molto moderato
Piano Quartet No. 2 in D minor, Op. 30: I. Allegro moderato
Piano Quartet No. 2 in D minor, Op. 30: II. Andante pensieroso ed espressivo
Piano Quartet No. 2 in D minor, Op. 30: III. Con moto moderato

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