George Enescu

Biography

Born: August 19, 1881; Liveni-Virnav, Romania   Died: May 4, 1955; Paris, France  
George Enescu is still considered the greatest of all Romanian composers. While he is widely known for just one famous opus, he was in reality a very imaginative, highly skilled composer of music possessing great depth and subtlety, as well as being one of the great concert violinists of his time. For appearances in the West he adapted his name to a form that would prompt the French to pronounce it correctly: Georges Enesco.

He was given
Read more a violin and lessons at the age of four, progressing very rapidly and beginning to compose a year later. Legend has it his first teacher was a Romany fiddler. He entered the conservatory of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna in 1888. His primary violin teacher was Joseph Hellmesberger. He took piano from Ernst Ludwig and harmony, theory, and composition from Robert Fuchs. He made his violin debut in 1889 in Slanic, Moravia. He remained in the Conservatory until 1894, regarded as a fully formed virtuoso at the age of 13. Nevertheless, he went on to the Paris Conservatory for more violin studies, and took harmony, theory, and composition from Dubois, Gédalge, Massenet, and Fauré. This mixture of late Romantic German and French training helped give his music its distinctive quality.

In 1897 the Concerts Colonne gave a concert of his works. The work he decided to designate as his first mature piece, the Počme Roumaine, Op. 1, premiered in 1898. That same year he started conducting the Romanian Philharmonic Society in Bucharest.

Enescu quickly established one of the most important solo and chamber music careers of the time. His recital partner was the great French pianist Alfred Cortot, and he formed a piano trio with Louis Fournier and Alfredo Casella in 1902, and in 1904 the Enescu Quartet. He joined the faculties of the École Normal and the American Conservatory in Paris.

In the meantime, he took an active part in building a classical concert life in his native Romania. He formed a Philharmonic Orchestra in the town of Iasi, and a Composers' Society. He wrote his most famous works, the two Romanian Rhapsodies, Op. 11, for the Philharmonic. He also worked closely with the Conservatories in Bucharest and Iasi. In 1912 he funded a "George Enescu Prize" in composition, and played the world premieres of the winning works.

He made his first appearances in the United States in 1923, as violinist and guest conductor with the Philadelphia Orchestra. The brilliant young American prodigy, Yehudi Menuhin, became his most famous pupil. Others were Gitlis, Grumiaux, and Ferras. Through the 1930s he continued work as a violinist, conductor, teacher, musicologist, and organizer, while as a composer he toiled on his powerful opera Oedipus.

When World War II broke out, he happened to be at his country estate in Romania and was more or less stuck there for the duration. After the war ended, he went to New York, where he watched a Soviet-backed government take over his country. He remained in New York, increasingly incapacitated by arthritis. He gave a farewell concert with Menuhin in 1950, then returned to Paris. He suffered a stroke in 1954. As a result of it, he spent ten months almost entirely paralyzed. Read less
Enescu: The 3 Symphonies / Rozhdestvensky
Release Date: 06/16/2017   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10984   Number of Discs: 3
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Enescu: Piano Trio, Piano Quintet / Schubert Ensemble
Release Date: 09/24/2013   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10790   Number of Discs: 1
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Enescu: Piano Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 / Schubert Ensemble
Release Date: 06/28/2011   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10672   Number of Discs: 1
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Enescu: Symphony No 1, Etc / Rozhdestvensky, Bbc Phil
Release Date: 11/19/1996   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9507   Number of Discs: 1
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Enescu: Symphony No 2, Etc / Rozhdestvensky, Bbc Phil
Release Date: 06/17/1997   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9537   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 1.
    Enescu: Piano Works / Kloke
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 9042039 Release Date: 11/17/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Enescu
    Performer:  Sina Kloke
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  • 2.
    Hommage a Ysaye / Malov
    Label: Solo Musica   Catalog: 275 Release Date: 10/20/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Eugčne Ysa˙e,  George Enescu,  Fritz Kreisler  ... 
    Performer:  Sergey Malov
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    Vladimir Jurowski: 10 Years / London Philharmonic
    Label: Lpo   Catalog: 1010 Release Date: 10/20/2017   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Paul Dukas,  Maurice Ravel,  Mikhail Glinka,  Alexander Dargomizhsky  ... 
    Performer:  Jeremy Ovenden,  Romaine Gerber,  Adrian Thompson,  Sofia Fomina  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Jurowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Choir,  Trinity Boys Choir
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    Enescu, Ravel & Skalkottas: Violin Sonatas / Kadesha, Rimmer
    Label: Cavi-music   Catalog: 8553382 Release Date: 08/18/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Enescu,  Maurice Ravel,  Nikos Skalkottas
    Performer:  Jonian Ilias Kadesha,  Nicholas Rimmer
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  • 5.
    Dinu Lipatti Collection: 100th Anniversary Edition
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 17011 Release Date: 07/21/2017   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Enescu,  Johannes Brahms,  Domenico Scarlatti  ... 
    Performer:  Dinu Lipatti,  Nadia Boulanger,  Marie-Blanche de Polignac,  Irčne Kedroff  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans von Benda,  Ernest Ansermet,  Alceo Galliera,  Eduard van Beinum  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble,  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Enescu: The 3 Symphonies / Rozhdestvensky
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10984 Release Date: 06/16/2017   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Enescu
    Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Inspirations & Dreams / Borac
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 925 Release Date: 06/02/2017   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Enescu,  Maurice Ravel,  Marcel Mihalovici,  Pablo de Sarasate  ... 
    Performer:  Luiza Borac
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  • 8.
    Waldbuehne 2007 from Berlin - Rhapsodies
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 25623 Release Date: 06/02/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Claude Debussy,  Frederick Delius,  George Enescu  ... 
    Performer:  Wenzel Fuchs,  Stephen Hough
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Les Blasphemes: Melodies Fin-de-siecle / Laulan, Pikulski
    Label: Fuga Libera   Catalog: 741 Release Date: 05/26/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Cécile Louise Chaminade,  Maurice Ravel,  Gabriel Edouard Dupont,  Poldowski  ... 
    Performer:  Sarah Laulan,  Maciej Pikulski,  Omer Bouchez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hermčs Quartet
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    The Key Collection: 3 Centuries of Rare Keyboard Gems
    Label: Grand Piano   Catalog: 75355 Release Date: 03/10/2017   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Christian Gottlob Neefe,  Daniel Gottlob Turk,  Leopold Anton Kozeluch,  Johann Baptist Vanhal  ... 
    Performer:  Susan Kagan,  Michael Tsalka,  Kemp English,  Biliana Tzinlikova  ... 
    Conductor:  Kerry Stratton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Invencia Piano Duo
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  • 11.
    Immortal Dinu Lipatti
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 559346 Release Date: 02/03/2017   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Dinu Lipatti,  Nadia Boulanger
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Lucerne Festival Orchestra
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  • 12.
    Pieces De Concours
    Label: Navona   Catalog: 6065 Release Date: 11/18/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Paul-Henri Büsser,  Philippe Gaubert,  Paul Rougnon,  Léon Honnoré  ... 
    Performer:  Elise Desjardins,  Jutta Puchhammer-Sédillot
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  • 13.
    Live: Beethoven, Enescu, Chopin / Hamelin
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 29129 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  George Enescu,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Charles Richard-Hamelin
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    Fin de siecle: Music for Viola & Piano / Power, Crawford-Phillips
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 68165 Release Date: 09/30/2016  
    Composer:  Paul-Henri Büsser,  Ernest Chausson,  Claude Debussy,  Lucien Durosoir  ... 
    Performer:  Lawrence Power,  Simon Crawford-Phillips
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  • 15.
    Enescu & Arensky: First Piano Trios / Trio Enescu
    Label: Genuin Musikproduction   Catalog: 16447 Release Date: 09/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Enescu,  Anton Arensky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Enescu
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  • 16.
    Enescu: Complete Works for Solo Piano, Vol. 3 / Solaun
    Label: Grand Piano   Catalog: 707 Release Date: 09/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Enescu
    Performer:  Josu de Solaun
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  • 17.
    Enescu: Complete Works for Solo Piano, Vol. 2 / Solaun
    Label: Grand Piano   Catalog: 706 Release Date: 08/12/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Enescu
    Performer:  Josu de Solaun
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  • 18.
    Label: Evidence   Catalog: 25 Release Date: 08/12/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Enescu,  Erwin Schulhoff,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Robert Muczynski
    Performer:  Sanja Bizjak,  Raquele Magalhaes
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  • 19.
    Rhapsody / Matsuev, Jansons, Bavarian Radio Symphony
    Label: Br Klassik   Catalog: 900146 Release Date: 08/12/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Emmanuel Chabrier,  George Gershwin,  George Enescu,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Denis Matsuev
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 20.
    Trumpet in Chamber Music / Mellardi
    Label: Indesens   Catalog: 88 Release Date: 08/12/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  George Enescu,  Francis Poulenc,  Erik Satie  ... 
    Performer:  Frédéric Mellardi,  Laurent Wagschal,  Claudia Bara,  Guillaume Cottet-Dumoulin  ... 
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  • 21.
    Enescu, Dvorak & Schumann: Violin Sonatas / Goulding, Dorken
    Label: Ars Produktion   Catalog: 38536 Release Date: 07/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Enescu,  Antonín Dvorák,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Caroline Goulding,  Danae Dörken
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  • 22.
    Mosaic / Trio 826
    Label: Blue Griffin   Catalog: 403 Release Date: 07/12/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Alexander Borodin,  Hans Krása,  Zoltán Kodály  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio 826
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  • 23.
    125 Years of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 241 Release Date: 06/24/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Hamish MacCunn,  Carl Nielsen,  George Enescu  ... 
    Performer:  Felicity Lott,  Lydia Mordkovitch
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi,  Sir Alexander Gibson,  Bryden Thomson,  Matthias Bamert  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  Royal Scottish National Orchestra Chorus
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  • 24.
    Childhood Impressions / Tarara, Vakova-Tarara
    Label: Ars Produktion   Catalog: 38212 Release Date: 06/24/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Enescu
    Performer:  Stefan Tarara,  Lora Vakova-Tarara
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  • 25.
    Enescu: Complete Works for Solo Piano, Vol. 1 / Solaun
    Label: Grand Piano   Catalog: 705 Release Date: 06/10/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Enescu
    Performer:  Josu de Solaun
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