Magazine article Gramophone

Enescu: Piano Quintet, Op 29

Magazine article Gramophone

Enescu: Piano Quintet, Op 29

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Enescu

Piano Quintet, Op 29. Piano Trio.

Aria and Scherzino (a)

(a) Remus Azoitel vn Schubert Ensemble

Chandos [F] CHAN10790 (6V * DDD)

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Schubert Ensemble adds a player for quartets follow-up

Enescu's music has been slow to achieve real recognition--at any rate outside his native Romania, though the biennial festivals in Bucharest have done much to honour him. Recordings of his own playing survive, including the classic set of Bach's Double Concerto with his 16-year-old pupil Yehudi Menuhin, old-fashioned in style now but nevertheless very moving (I once heard him, in his seventies, give an astonishing performance of the Bach Chaconne--as 'a leetle encore'). He never recorded the Aria and Scherzino included on this disc but it does receive a spendidly idiomatic performance from the Romanian violinist Remus Azoitei, light of touch but deep of perception.

The two chamber pieces that are the main works on this record are admirably played by the Schubert Ensemble, also warm in their perception of music that deepens with familiarity. …

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