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ENESCU, G.: Violin and Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 1 (A. Strauss, Poletaev)

ENESCU, G.: Violin and Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 1 (A. Strauss, Poletaev)

The Classical Shop
release date: September 2013

Originally recorded in 2013

Artists:

Axel Strauss

Soloist

Ilya Poletaev

Soloist

Venue:

Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall, San Francisco, California, USA

Venue

Record Label
Naxos

Genre:

Chamber


Classical

Total Time - 67:22
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ENESCU, G.: Violin and Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 1 (A. Strauss, Poletaev)

     
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GEORGE ENESCU

     
 

Violin Sonata No. 2 in F minor, Op. 6

 
1 I. Assez mouvemente 7:54
2 II. Tranquillement 6:41
3 III. Vif 7:32
     
4 

Violin Sonata in A minor, " Torso"

14:12
     
5 

Impromptu concertant

5:20
     
 

Violin Sonata No. 3 in A minor, Op. 25, "Dans le caractere populaire roumain"

 
6 I. Moderato malinconico 8:40
7 II. Andante sostenuto e misterioso 8:41
8 III. Allegro con brio, ma non troppo mosso 8:22
     
 Axel Strauss Soloist
 Ilya Poletaev Soloist


Avoiding the showmanship and outward virtuosity often associated with brilliant composer-performers, George Enescu’s Second Violin Sonata marked his true emergence as a composer. Violinist Carl Flesch referred to it as one of the most significant in the history of the genre. The Impromptu concertant is amongst the most raptly expressive of violin ‘test’ pieces, and the Sonata ‘Torso’ paved the way towards the harmonic expansion of Enescu’s later work. The most renowned of his works for violin and piano, the Third Violin Sonata explores the essence of Romanian folk-music in an outpouring of sustained emotional power.

 "These are the finest readings of hese sonatas that I have heard aside from the recordings that Enesco himself made with Dinu Lippatti in 1943... Strauss and Poletaev obviously relish this music. It’s always a pleasure to listen to musicians who sound like they’re having the time of their lives playing for you. Struass draws a full, lush tone from whatever violin he is playing here, probably his 1845; and Poletaev is a powerful, colorful pianist... Very good sound ..."

Joeseph Magil - American Record Guide - March/April 2014


 "... Enescu’s Third ...has been recorded many times and with its combination of fearsome technical challenge, exotic Eastern European accent and perfect proportions it is not hard to hear why. Strauss and Poletaev prove formidable exponents of its many charms ... Naxos’s sound is clear ..." 

 
Guy Rickards - Gramophone magazine -  November 2013

 "...This is good stuff for Enescu lovers!"

 
Lynn René Bayley - Fanfare - January/February 2014

"Axel Strauss ... and Ilya Poletaev ...play this music with an emotional thrust and exultant cantabile that are highly compelling. The recording is well balanced and physically imposing."

Julian Haylock - The Strad magazine - October 2013

 



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