Chamber music was a prominent feature of Enescu’s music from his earliest years. Though separated by almost four decades, the two Cello Sonatas were not published until 1935. The First is indebted in many respects to Brahms and to Enescu’s French contemporaries, but the Second, dedicated to Pablo Casals, could only be by Enescu in its density of thought and subtlety of expression. The finale is marked à la roumaine, which aptly describes the work’s overall character and the profile of its material.
"...a wonderful Naxos recording…of an Enescu’s Cello Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2. In the second Sonata, the cello usually carries the melody—long lines of it, sprinkled with glittering, shattered shards of crystal from the piano. This music is performed with panache by cellist Laura Buruiana and pianist Martin Tchiba..."
Robert R Reilly - Catholic News Agency - June 2012
"This new Naxos is the fourth release I have heard that includes both of the sonatas ...I should mention that there is a lot of stylistic difference between the relatively Brahmsian Sonata 1 and the more modern Sonata 2: despite the fact that they share opus number 26, 1 is from 1898 while 2 is from 1936! The unease of the 30s is clearly overshadowing the music by this time, lovely and romantic though it still is... Buruiana and Tchiba are in their 20s, and their performances are on the grand side. Their recording shows more dynamic range than anyone else’s. This is first evident in the way the dramatic opening of Sonata 1 gives way to a most mysterious handling of the following passage, where the cello plays eighth-notes under what in most readings sounds like a chorale in the piano... here Buruiana sinks almost into silence while Tchiba plays with much variety of articulation, joining her in mystery rather than singing out religiously. This unity of intent marks their readings, making the music sound more intense than in the other recordings. The second movement of Sonata 1 has a fugal texture, yet the emphasis on mystery and delicacy keeps it from sounding purely technical ... this is an unusually effective set of performances."
D Moore - American Record Guide - November 2008
"... A highly recommendable disc."
Guy Rickards - Gramophone magazine - Awards Issue 2012