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Enescu: Complete Works for Solo Piano / Solaun


Release Date: 09/14/2018 
Label:  Grand Piano   Catalog #: 751  
Composer:  George Enescu
Performer:  Josu de Solaun
Number of Discs: 3 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This set of George Enescu’s solo piano music traces a fascinating musical arc from his precocious years in Vienna and Paris, where he absorbed Brahmsian and French late-Romantic influences, notably in the Impromptus, to the brilliantly mercurial Piano Sonata No. 3. Whether in the Pieces impromptus, eloquent character pieces, or in the oceanic Piano Sonata No. 1, Enescu remains, in Pablo Casals’ words, “the greatest musical phenomenon since Mozart,” his unique musical language embracing Bach as well as the abiding vitality, and melancholy, of his native Romanian folk music. As a First Prize winner of the XIII George Enescu International Piano Competition in Bucharest, the XV José Iturbi International Piano Competition and the First Read more European Union Piano Competition, Spanish pianist Josu De Solaun has been invited to perform in distinguished concert series throughout the world, having made notable appearances in Bucharest, Venice, Saint Petersburg, Washington, DC, New York, London, Paris, Leipzig, and all major cities of Spain. He is the only pianist from Spain to win the Enescu and Iturbi competitions in their respective histories, and was recently invited to a private reception with the King and Queen of Spain at the Royal Palace after winning the coveted Bucharest prize.

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Excerpts of reviews for the previously released volumes in thi set:

Enescu: Complete Works for Solo Piano, Vol. 1

His technique is excellent here. The concluding Sonata 1 is shot through with harmonic twists and driving rhythms, handled expertly.

– AMG

Enescu: Complete Works for Solo Piano, Vol. 2

De Solaun is a wonderful pianist, especially in the colorful worlds of the Second Piano Suite.

– AMG

Enescu: Complete Works for Solo Piano, Vol. 3

De Solaun never makes heavy weather of Enescu’s demanding writing, but lets expression lead at all times, no matter how intense the virtuosity.

– BBC Music Magazine Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Nocturne for Piano in D flat major by George Enescu
Performer:  Josu de Solaun (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907; Romania 
2.
Pičces impromptues, Op. 18 by George Enescu
Performer:  Josu de Solaun (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916 
3.
Sonata for Piano, Op. 24 no 1 by George Enescu
Performer:  Josu de Solaun (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; Romania 
4.
Suite for Piano no 2 in D major, Op. 10 by George Enescu
Performer:  Josu de Solaun (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901-1903; Paris, France 
5.
Prelude and Fugue for piano by George Enescu
Performer:  Josu de Solaun (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1903 
6.
Sonata for Piano in D major, Op. 24 no 3 by George Enescu
Performer:  Josu de Solaun (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933-1935; Romania 
7.
Piece sur le nom de "Faure" by George Enescu
Performer:  Josu de Solaun (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; Romania 
8.
Scherzo for Piano by George Enescu
Performer:  Josu de Solaun (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1896; France 
9.
Ballade for piano in B flat major by George Enescu
Performer:  Josu de Solaun (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1894 
10.
Prélude for piano by George Enescu
Performer:  Josu de Solaun (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
11.
Scherzo for Piano by George Enescu
Performer:  Josu de Solaun (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1896; France 
12.
Barcarolle, for piano in B flat major (incomplete) by George Enescu
Performer:  Josu de Solaun (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1897 
13.
La Fileuse, for piano in D major by George Enescu
Performer:  Josu de Solaun (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1897 
14.
Regrets, for piano in G flat major by George Enescu
Performer:  Josu de Solaun (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1898 
15.
Suite for Piano no 1, Op. 3 "Dans le style ancien" by George Enescu
Performer:  Josu de Solaun (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1897; Paris, France 
16.
Impromptu for piano in A flat major by George Enescu
Performer:  Josu de Solaun (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1898 
17.
Impromptu for piano in C major by George Enescu
Performer:  Josu de Solaun (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
18.
Modérément by George Enescu
Performer:  Josu de Solaun (Piano)

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