Enescu: Symphony No. 1 in E-flat, Op. 13; Roumanian Rhapsody No. 2 in D, Op. 11 No. 2 - Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra/Gennady Rozhdestvensky
KHCD-2012-037FL (STEREO) - Enescu: Symphony No. 1 in E-flat, Op. 13; Roumanian Rhapsody No. 2 in D, Op. 11 No. 2 - Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra/Gennady Rozhdestvensky - The first of his five mature symphonies (having before written four "school" symphonies between the ages of 12 and 18), the Symphony No. 1 in E Flat Major was completed in 1905 and first performed in Paris in the following year. The work is in three movements, without a Scherzo, following the pattern of César Franck, and is an extension of the symphonic tradition of Brahms, while showing the influence of Berlioz and of Wagner. It is a noble, energetic and fiery work, best represented by this transcription; the MSRO under Rozhdestvensky brings out the lyrical fire and rythmic intensity spread throughout the symphony. The Second Romanian Rhapsody composed at 19 years (together with the first one, both bearing the opus number 11) gained worldwide fame for its lovely folk tunes and vivid Roumanian rhythms. Here it is performed with an infectious empathy. A near-mint Melodiya LP was sourced for this CD. Thanks to Rob Barnett for suggesting this reissue.
Remastered 2016 by Curt Timmons/Klassic Haus
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