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Ondine is pleased to announce the first release of an Enescu cycle with the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of its artistic director Hannu Lintu.
George Enescu is Romania’s most important composer – and one of the most neglected composers of the 20th century.
Artistic director of the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra since 2009, Hannu Lintu has rapidly been creating an international career and is a sought-after conductor.
Previous work from the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Hannu Lintu and Ondine include Rautavaara’s opera Kaivos (ODE11742) and a recording with works by young Finnish composer Uljas Pulkkis (ODE11762).
This release will be the first of an Enescu cycle with Hannu Lintu. Two more – featuring, among others, symphonies no. 1 and 3 – will follow 2013 and 2014.
George Enescu: Symphony No. 2 in A major, Op. 17
I. Vivace, ma non troppo
II. Andante giusto
III. Un poco lento, marziale
IV. Allegro vivace, marziale
George Enescu: Chamber Symphony in E major, Op. 33
I. Molto moderato, un poco maestoso
II. Allegretto molto moderato
IV. Allegro molto moderato
“[the Second Symphony is] expressively elusive, for sure, and in style somewhat backward-looking, but find its scoring nicely judged and not at all congested. The Tampere players seem to relish repertoire that sounds both familiar and unfamiliar. Hannu Lintu directs sympathetic performances”
“There are other good versions of this sumptuous work [the Second Symphony]...but this new Finnish account is at least their equal in impetus and recorded sound...Lintu and his players sympathetically expound [the Chamber Symphony], at once elegiac and exploratory...At once cosmopolitan and nostalgically Romanian, this is a little masterpiece.”
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