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
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." -
"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
Works on This Recording
Quartet for Piano and Strings no 2 by George Enescu
Mirel Iancovici (Cello),
Sherban Lupu (Violin),
Ian Hobson (Piano),
Csaba Erdélyi (Viola)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1943-1944; Romania
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