This page lists all recordings of Suite No. 1 in C, Op. 9, by George Enescu (1881-1955) on CD & download (MP3 & FLAC). Generally, more recent releases are listed first, but with priority given to those that are in stock.
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“Enescu's three suites stand in relation to the symphonies rather as Tchaikovsky's suites relate to his symphonic works. The First opens with a striking prelude for strings in unison which in turn gives way to a gorgeous Menuet lent. The more formal Second Suite (which falls between the First and Second Symphonies) is based on Baroque models, while the relatively 'late' Third Suite, named Villageoise (it dates from 1938), overflows with invention, whether imitations of birdsong and children at play, or exquisite tonepainting of nature by day and night. Foster also offers us the early, 23-minute Symphonie concertante for cello and orchestra, his soloist Franco Maggio-Ormezowski unfolding its generous stream of melody with a warm, fluid tone.
Lawrence Foster's performances of these fascinating if occasionally over-effusive works provided a fitting tribute for the 50th anniversary of Enescu's death (1955). Do give this music a try. It combines the freshness of Dvorák with the earthand- spirit daring of Bartók; and while not quite on a level with either, it comes pretty damned close.” Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010
“This lively companion-set to the multi-layered symphonies (reviewed in July) balances the Romaniana for which Enescu was famous with a very individual neo-classicism. Drily-recorded but dedicated accounts.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2005
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Constantin Silvestri: A Bournemouth Love Affair
Slavonic Dance No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 46 No. 3
Slavonic Dance No. 4 in F major, Op. 46 No. 4
Slavonic Dance No. 5 in A major, Op. 46 No. 5
Suite No. 1 in C, Op. 9
Suite No. 2 in C, Op. 20
Symphony No. 1 in E flat major, Op.13
Die Zauberflöte, K620: Overture
Symphony No. 29 in A major, K201
Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25 'Classical'
Three Pieces for Strings
Romanian-born Constantin Silvestri was principal conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra from 1961 until his death from cancer in 1969 aged 55, two years after being granted British citizenship. It was certainly not material gain that tempted Silvestri to the seaside town of Bournemouth nor the kudos of association with an internationally famous orchestra. Inevitably the question was asked (and still is) why did someone who had already been the guest conductor of some of the world’s most renowned orchestras - the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, the Concertgebouw, five of Britain’s most prestigious and two in the US - each time attracting audience enthusiasm and mainly favourable reviews, why did he choose to become principal conductor of a provincial orchestra, however worthy its reputation, and in a country with whose language he was barely acquainted? What can be gleaned of Silvestri’s motives from his answer when this question was put to him in a television interview? ‘I was a teacher in Romania for ten years and a conductor is also a teacher... The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra has a national reputation, but I think in two or three years it will become internationally famous.’
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Enescu: Suites Nos. 1 and 2 & Concert Overture
Romanian Radio and Television Orchestra, Iosif Conta
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Enescu: Orchestral Works Vol. 1
Philharmonia Moldova, Alexandru Lascae
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