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 Poème 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: Symphony No 3, Concert Overture / Mandeal
Release Date: 06/12/2007   Label: Arte Nova  
Catalog: 378630   Number of Discs: 1
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Enescu: Romanian Rhapsody No 1, Suites No 2 & 3 / Mandeal
Release Date: 06/13/2006   Label: Arte Nova  
Catalog: 378550   Number of Discs: 1
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Enescu: Poeme Roumain, Vox Maris, Voix De La Nature/ Mandeal
Release Date: 09/12/2006   Label: Arte Nova  
Catalog: 654250   Number of Discs: 1
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Enescu: Suite D'orchestre, Intermede, Symphony 1 / Mandeal
Release Date: 02/13/2007   Label: Arte Nova  
Catalog: 373140   Number of Discs: 1
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Enescu: Cello Sonatas / Zank, Sulzen
Release Date: 09/04/2007   Label: Arte Nova  
Catalog: 544610   Number of Discs: 1
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    Enescu: Complete Works For Violin And Piano, Vol. 2
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572692 Release Date: 04/14/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Enescu
    Performer:  Ilya Poletaev,  Axel Strauss
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    Sonatas: Enescu, Prokofiev, Shostakovich
    Label: Avie   Catalog: 2302 Release Date: 03/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Enescu,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Alexandra Silocea,  Laura Buruiana
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    Enescu: Symphonie Concertante; Symphony No. 1 / Mork, Lintu, Tampere Philharmonic
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1198 Release Date: 02/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Enescu
    Performer:  Truls Otterbech Mork
    Conductor:  Hannu Lintu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Echoes from an Empire / Karim Said
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 9029 Release Date: 01/27/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alban Berg,  Béla Bartók,  Leos Janácek,  Anton Webern  ... 
    Performer:  Karim Said
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    Caprice Viennois / Luka Kusztrich
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 5215 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fritz Kreisler,  Johannes Brahms,  Maurice Ravel,  George Enescu
    Performer:  Dora Deliyska,  Luka Kusztrich
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  • 6.
    George Enescu: Complete Works For Violin & Piano
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98035 Release Date: 09/30/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Enescu
    Performer:  Eduard Stan,  Remus Azoitei
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    James Galway - The Complete RCA Album Collection
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 302633 Release Date: 09/16/2014   Number of Discs: 73
    Composer:  Arthur Smith,  Various,  Traditional,  Stan Lebowsky  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway,  Sylvia,  Marisa Robles,  Phillip Moll  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jörg Faerber,  Eduardo Mata  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Galway Pops Orchestra  ... 
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  • 8.
    Danwen Jiang Plays Enescu, Brahms & Ravel
    Label: Soundset   Catalog: 1055 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Enescu,  Johannes Brahms,  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Danwen Jiang,  Walter Cosand,  Alessandro Maffei
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  • 9.
    Hidden Treasure: Viola Masterpieces
    Label: Hungaroton   Catalog: 32721 Release Date: 08/12/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Anton Rubinstein,  Henri Vieuxtemps,  George Enescu,  York Bowen  ... 
    Performer:  Rivka Golani,  Michael Hampton
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    Kristjan Jarvi Sound Project - Balkan Fever
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5395 Release Date: 07/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Enescu,  Traditional,  Teodossi Spassov,  Miroslav Tadic
    Performer:  Teodossi Spassov,  Miroslav Tadic,  Vlatko Stefanovski
    Conductor:  Kristjan Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Middle German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Enescu: Symphony No. 5 In D Major / Ruzicka, Berlin Radio Female Chorus, Saarbrucken Radio Philharmonic
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777823 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Enescu
    Performer:  Marius Vlad
    Conductor:  Peter Ruzicka
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saarbrücken Radio Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Female Chorus
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  • 12.
    Works By George Enescu & Gabriel Faure / Trio Enescu
    Label: Genuin Musikproduction   Catalog: 14309 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Enescu,  Gabriel Fauré
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Enescu
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    Ballade: Leos Janacek, George Enescu, Edvard Grieg
    Label: Navona   Catalog: 5952 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leos Janácek,  George Enescu,  Edvard Grieg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo526
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    The Art Of The French Flute
    Label: Indesens   Catalog: 62 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Claude Debussy,  Charles-Marie Widor,  Francis Poulenc  ... 
    Performer:  Vincent Lucas,  Emmanuel Strosser,  Claudia Bara
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    RCA Living Stereo Collection Vol 1
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 541497 Release Date: 04/15/2014   Number of Discs: 60
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Claude Debussy,  Jacques Ibert,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Berj Zamkochian,  John Weicher,  Philip Farkas,  Jascha Heifetz  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Munch,  Fritz Reiner,  Kiril Kondrashin,  Arthur Fiedler  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  New England Conservatory Chorus,  New England Conservatory Alumni Chorus  ... 
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  • 16.
    Trois Selections Pour Chamber Winds
    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 50790 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Enescu,  Ruth Gipps
    Conductor:  Rick Fleming
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Erie County Chamber Winds
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    Icon: The Early Years - Yehudi Menuhin
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 928129 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Marius Casadesus,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  George Enescu,  Hephzibah Menuhin,  Hubert Giesen  ... 
    Conductor:  George Enescu,  Pierre Monteux,  Sir Malcolm Sargent,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris,  Orchestre de Paris  ... 
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    Decca Sound - The Analogue Years
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001934702 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 54
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Anton Bruckner,  Arnold Schoenberg,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Pascal Rogé,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Marilyn Horne,  Luciano Pavarotti  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  Sir Georg Solti,  Bernard Haitink,  Horst Stein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 19.
    Enescu: Complete Works for Cello and Piano / Radutiu, Rundberg
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98021 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Enescu
    Performer:  Valentin Radutiu,  Per Rundberg
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    Enescu: Symphony No. 3; Ouverture De Concert / Lintu, Tampere Philharmonic
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1197 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Enescu
    Conductor:  Hannu Lintu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Enescu: Piano Trio, Piano Quintet / Schubert Ensemble
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10790 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Enescu
    Performer:  Remus Azoitei
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schubert Ensemble
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  • 22.
    Enescu: Complete Works for Violin & Piano Vol 1 / Strauss, Poletaev
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572691 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Enescu
    Performer:  Axel Strauss,  Ilya Poletaev
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  • 23.
    Un Gout De Renaissance
    Label: Maguelone   Catalog: 111175 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Jacques Leguerney,  Francis Poulenc,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Anne Le Bozec,  Didier Henry
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  • 24.
    Tine / Tine Thing Helseth
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 164712 Release Date: 03/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacques Ibert,  Alexander Glazunov,  George Enescu,  Edvard Hagerup  ... 
    Performer:  Tine Thing Helseth,  Kathryn Stott
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    A European Odyssey
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 6195 Release Date: 03/05/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Sviatlana Rynkova,  Jonathan Ostlund  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Schubert Players
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George Enescu


MOST POPULAR WORKS
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 3 in A minor, Op. 25: I. Moderato malinconico
II. Andante sostenuto e misterioso
III. Allegro con brio, ma non troppo mosso
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Aria
Scherzino
Cantabile e Presto: Cantabile - Andante ma non troppo
Presto
I. Molto moderato, un poco maestoso
II. Allegretto molto moderato
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro molto moderato
I. Doucement mouvemente
II. Moderement
III. Allegrement, mais pas trop vif
Menetrier
Vieux mendiant
Ruisselet au fond du jardin
L'oiseau au cage et le coucou au mur
Chanson pour bercer
Grillon
Lune a travers les vitres
Vent dans la cheminee
Tempete au dehors, dans la nuit
Lever de soleil
I. Andante
II. Vivace
I. Tres modere
II. Tres fougueux
III. Lentement
IV. Movt de valse bien rhythmee
Act I Prologue: Prelude
Act I Prologue: Roi Laios, en ta maison (Women, High Priest, Warriors, Shepherds, Creon)
Act I Prologue: Les Dieux ont beni l'enfant (High Priest, Jocasta, Laius, Tiresias, Chorus)
Act II Scene 1: Mais l'exil eternel! (Oedipus, Phorbas, Chorus)
Act II Scene 1: Pourquoi trembler, mon fils? (Merope, Oedipus)
Act II Scene 2: Est-ce deja le Roi? (Shepherd, Oedipus, Laius)
Act II Scene 3: De l'aurore a l'aurore (Watchman, Oedipus, Sphinx)
Act II Scene 3: Ho! Ho! Reveillez-vous, Thebains! (Watchman, Oedipus, Thebans, Chorus)
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II. Andante mesto
III. Vivace
Allegro moderato
Andante pensieroso ed espressivo
Con moto moderato
Allegro moderato
Andante pensieroso
Allegretto scherzando, non troppo vivace
Allegretto moderato
Molto moderato
Andante molto sostenuto ed espressivo
Allegretto non troppo mosso
Con moto - Molto moderato, Energico
Con moto molto moderato
Andante sostenuto e cantabile
Vivace ma non troppo
I. Allegro molto moderato
II. Allegretto scherzando
III. Molto andante
IV. Finale: Presto
I. Allegro moderato ed amabile
II. Allegro agitato, non troppo mosso
III. Andantino cantabile, senza lentezza
IV. Final a la roumaine
I. Allegro molto moderato e grave
II. Presto vivace
III. Andante molto espressivo
I. Allegro vivo
II. Quasi adagio
III. Allegro
I. Assez mouvemente
II. Tranquillement
III. Vif
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 3 in A minor, Op. 25: I. Moderato malinconico
II. Andante sostenuto e misterioso
III. Allegro con brio, ma non troppo mosso
I. Toccata
II. Sarabande
III. Pavane
IV. Bouree
I. Moderato molto
II. Andantio moderat piacevole
III. Vivace con fuoco
IV. Andante grave
I. Allegro moderato
II. Allegretto con variazioni - Allegretto moderato - Presto - Allegro piacevole - Tempo di Siciliano lento
III. Andante - Vivace amabile