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Enescu: 'Complete Works for Piano Solo'

Magazine article Gramophone

Enescu: 'Complete Works for Piano Solo'

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Enescu

'Complete Works for Piano Solo'

Raluca Stirbat pf

Hanssler Classic [M] [3] CD98 060 (3h 21' * DDD)

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Luiza Borac reset the bar in Enescu's solo piano music in her survey (2003-05), overtaking Aurora Ienei (Electrecord/ Olympia--nla) and Cristian Petrescu (Accord--nla), impressing with the greater fluidity and dynamism of her playing, caught in Avie's far superior sound. Despite some impressive individual issues, such as by Meecham (Somm, 1/09) and Varga (Naxos), Borac--whose survey made no claim to completeness--went unchallenged, until now. Her compatriot Raluca Stirbat has set down a very impressive rival collection, adding some additional early pieces omitted by Borac, such as the Prelude that formed a Diptych with the Scherzo in F sharp minor (1896), the Barcarolle, La Fileuse (both 1897), two Impromptus (1898, 1900), Regrets (1898) and the original (1912) and very different version of the 1924 First Sonata's opening movement, several issued here for the first time.

Stirbat's recordings of the Second and Third Suites are recycled from an earlier Gramola release. Sonata No 1 (1924)--which she has also recorded before for Gramola--is new, Stirbat's tempi in this later interpretation a touch more measured, taking a minute longer. …

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