Enescu - Cello Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2

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Enescu - Cello Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2



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2nd June 2008




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Enescu - Cello Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2


Sonata in F minor for cello and piano, Op. 26, No. 1

Sonata in C major for cello and piano, Op. 26, No. 2

Laura Buruiana (cello) & Martin Tchiba (piano)



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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.

George Enescu: Cello Sonata in F minor, Op. 26, No. 1

I. Allegro molto moderato

II. Allegretto scherzando

III. Molto andante

IV. Finale: Presto

George Enescu: Cello Sonata in C major, Op. 26, No. 2

I. Allegro moderato ed amabile

II. Allegro agitato, non troppo mosso

III. Andantino cantabile, senza lentezza

IV. Final a la roumaine

Gramophone Magazine

Awards Issue 2012

“[Buriana] turns in sparkling performances of both works. Her tone is well-nigh perfect, delicate and refined, with intonation spot-on...A highly recommendable disc.”

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