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Enescu: Symphony No. 2
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.
“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.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2012 ****
“[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” Gramophone Magazine, October 2012
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George Enescu: Impressions
Sherban Lupu (violin), Jonathan Keeble (flute), Csaba Erdelyi (viola), John Dee (oboe), David Harris (clarinet), David Murray (double bass), Alicia Cordoba Tait (horn), Douglas Spaniol (bassoon), Brian Kilp (horn), Amy Gilreath (trumpet), Amy Catron Flores (cello), Samir Golescu (keyboards), Mirel Iancovici (cello), Ian Hobson (piano)
Sinfonia da Camera, Ian Hobson
George Enescu was an extraordinary musician. One of the most acclaimed violinists of the last century, he was also an accomplished pianist, conductor, and composer. As a composer he is still too little known and his music too little analyzed outside his native Romania. His music exhibits a very personal blend of time-honored procedures, forward-thinking techniques, and ethnic intimations. The works on this recording belong to the last period of his career and show a rare maturity and depth that contribute to a unique and sometimes difficult to define language.
“Cyclical, energized, colorful, and consistently engaging, this music--the entire disc--provides a new perspective into the kaleidoscope of Enescu's musical character, a real coup for Ian Hobson and his gifted ensemble” Audiophile Audition
Enescu: Symphony No. 3 & Chamber Symphony
Florentin Mihaescu (choirmaster)
Cluj-Napoca Philharmonic Choir, Cluj-Napoca Philharmonic Orchestra, Ion Baciu
A European Odyssey
A remarkable musical adventure with the London Schubert Players
The London Schubert Players
A European Odyssey is the fruit of the London Schubert Players’ international project Invitation to Composers – one of the 87 selected from 296 by the European Commission in 2009 for its innovative, creative and educational profile. The two-year project challenged composers to write for specific instrumental combinations that were missing or seldom encountered in the chamber music repertoire. For some of these, they were asked to draw inspiration from masterworks of classical composers from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.
The London Schubert Players chamber orchestra was founded in 1989 by pianist Anda Anastasescu as the orchestra-in-residence of the French Institute in London. The Players’ concert tours in Europe, Asia and South America have been greeted with enthusiasm and critical acclaim. The London Schubert Players Trust promotes, maintains, improves and advances public education in classical music.
The RMA (Romanian Musical Adventure) was formed to record outstanding works by Romanian composers, new and lesser-known repertoire and well known repertoire interpreted in a fresh light.
“The importance of music in the cultural heritage of Europe cannot be overestimated. A European Odyssey taps into this wonderful tradition, making a serious and passionate contribution to its repertoire.” Pianist Anda Anastasescu, project and artistic director of the London Schubert Players.
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