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Enescu: The 3 Symphonies / Rozhdestvensky


Release Date: 06/16/2017 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10984  
Composer:  George Enescu
Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 3 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

From the Bolshoi to La Scala, from the Stockholm Philharmonic to the Vienna Symphony, the forty-five-year carrier and notably famous supple stick technique of Gennady Rozhdestvensky have made him one of hte most respected twentieth-century conductors in Europe. This release celebrates his superb Enescu series with the BBC Philharmonic. The Romanian composer was one of the most prodigiously gifted musicians of the twentieth century: a great violinist and composer, a distinguished conductor, an accomplished pianist, able cellist, and a famous violin teacher. Although relatively modest, his published output contained some substantial works, such as the folk-inspired Romanian Rhapsodies and romantically influenced symphonies, all featured here. From the Bolshoi to La Scala, from the Stockholm Philharmonic to the Vienna Symphony, the forty-five-year carrier and notably famous supple stick technique of Gennady Rozhdestvensky have made him one of hte most respected twentieth-century conductors in Europe. This release celebrates his superb Enescu series with the BBC Philharmonic. The Romanian composer was one of the most prodigiously gifted musicians of the twentieth century: a great violinist and composer, a distinguished conductor, an accomplished pianist, able cellist, and a famous violin teacher. Although relatively modest, his published output contained some substantial works, such as the folk-inspired Romanian Rhapsodies and romantically influenced symphonies, all featured here. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in E flat major, Op. 13 by George Enescu
Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; Romania 
2.
Suite for Orchestra no 3 in D major, Op. 27 "Villageoise" by George Enescu
Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937-1938; Romania 
3.
Romanian Rhapsody no 2 in D major, Op. 11 no 2 by George Enescu
Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901; Romania 
4.
Symphony no 2 in A major, Op. 17 by George Enescu
Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1914; Romania 
5.
Symphony no 3 in C major, Op. 21 by George Enescu
Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916-1921; Romania 
6.
Romanian Rhapsody no 1 in A major, Op. 11 no 1 by George Enescu
Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901; Romania 

Customer Reviews

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 An appealing 20th century symphonic cycle July 29, 2017 By Dean Frey See All My Reviews "The three Symphonies of George Enescu make up an important but curiously under-appreciated 20th century cycle, and this 3 disc re-release of late 1990s performances from the BBC Philharmonic under Gennady Rozhdestvensky is very welcome. Echos of Richard Strauss and even Tchaikovsky don't take away from the assured writing for orchestra and Enescu's own distinctive voice.The bonuses - the sparking Romanian Rhapsodies and the third of his superb Suites - make this an indispensable purchase, thanks to superb orchestral playing, admirable control and musical shaping by Rozhdestvensky, and fine, atmospheric sound from the Chandos engineers." Report Abuse
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