Enescu: Complete Works for Violin & Piano – Volume 1

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Impressions d’enfance, Op.28
Sonata in A minor for Piano and Violin (‘Torso’ Sonata)
Sonata No.2 in F minor for Piano and Violin, Op.6

Remus Azoitei (violin) & Eduard Stan (piano)

Recorded 6-9 December 2005 at Radio Bremen, Germany

Reviewed by: Mike Wheeler

Reviewed: May 2007
CD 98.239
Duration: 62 minutes

Rumanian violinist Remus Azoitei (currently Violin Professor at the Royal Academy of Music, London) identifies completely with the music, responding to its every expressive turn with commitment. He surmounts the music’s technical challenges with such practised ease you forget they are there and focus on the music’s eloquent magic. Stan (teaching at the Lübeck Academy of Music and the founder of the Enescu-Festival Heidelberg/Mannheim) partners him sympathetically and with equal assurance. Together they explore every facet of these three remarkable works. Thanks are due to Hänssler, not only for a significant addition to the Enescu discography, but also for bringing this remarkably talented violin-and-piano duo to our attention.

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