George Enescu – Complete Works for Piano Solo – Raluca Stirbat (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

George Enescu – Complete Works for Piano Solo – Raluca Stirbat (2015)
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George Enescu is mainly known as a legendary violinist; yet he was not less known as an exceptionally gifted pianist who has been admired and worshiped by his colleagues for his musicality. His expressive and elaborate compositions for piano are up to date underrepresented in the world of CD records.
This gap has been closed now: The Rumanian pianist Raluca Stirbat, who is one of the most outstanding representatives of her age in the Rumanian piano generation has recorded Enesu’s complete works for piano on three CDs. And how!
She shows brilliant technique together with her relating selection of rich acoustic colours as Stirbat’s complete portrait of the versatile pianist George Enescu becomes apparent. This picture is being completed by numerous premiere and world premiere recordings on album.

George Enescu’s primary instrument was the violin, but he also wrote a substantial body of works for piano, including sonatas, suites, preludes, and other short character pieces. This three-disc Hänssler Classic set of the complete works for piano solo, performed by Romanian pianist Raluca Stirbat, offers valuable insights into Enescu’s evolving methods and artistic development over a period of four decades, from the Suite No. 1 in G minor, Op. 3 (1897) to the Piano Sonata No. 3 in D major (1935). Enescu passed through several phases, starting with a fascination with Baroque forms in his teenage years, and progressing to an enthusiasm for Wagnerian chromaticism and Romanian folk music, which led to a more integrated mature style. Stirbat is an ardent proponent for Enescu’s music, and her album is the first complete set of his piano music on CD. Recorded at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, the sound is crisp and detailed, though the resonance of the performing space is quite pronounced. –AllMusic Review by Blair Sanderson

George Enescu (1881-1955)
Suite No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 3 “Dans le style ancien”
1. I. Prelude: Grave 04:15
2. II. Fugue: Allegro moderato 04:05
3. III. Adagio 06:10
4. IV. Finale: Presto 03:14
Prélude et Scherzo fis-Moll, F sharp minor (1896)
5. Prelude 03:59
6. Scherzo 05:58
7. Barcarolle in B-Flat Major 05:04
8. La Fileuse in D Major 04:45
9. Impromptu in A-Flat Major 04:30
10. Regrets in G-Flat Major 03:53
11. Impromptu in C Major 05:48
Prélude et Fugue C Dur, C major (1903)
12. Prelude 04:38
13. Fugue 05:22
Suite op. 10 Nr. 2 “Des cloches sonores” D-Dur, D major (1903)
14. I. Toccata: Majestueusement, mais pas trop lent 04:19
15. II. Sarabande: Noblement 06:44
16. III. Pavane: Lentement berce 05:16
17. IV. Bouree: Vivement 06:19
Nocturne Des-Dur, D flat major (1907)
18. Nocturne in D-Flat Major 17:11
Pièces Impromptues op. 18 (1913/16)
19. I. Melodie: Andantino 02:49
20. II. Voix de la steppe: Allegro moderato 03:30
21. III. Mazurk melancolique: Moderato un poco allegretto 05:49
22. IV. Burlesque: Vivace ma non troppo 05:17
23. V. Appassionato: Con slancio, ma ben sostenuto 03:53
24. VI. Choral: Moderato, non troppo lento 06:38
25. VII. Carillon nocturne: L’istesso tempo (Moderato, non… 05:53
Sonatensatz fis-Moll, F sharp minor – Moderato (1912)
26. Piano Sonata in F-Sharp Minor 16:41
Pièce sur le nom de Fauré (1922)
27. Piece sur le nom de Faure 01:50
Sonate op. 24 Nr. 1 fis-Moll, F sharp minor (1924)
28. I. Allegro molto moderato e grave 11:43
29. II. Presto vivace 05:03
30. III. Andante molto espressivo 07:26
Sonate op. 24 Nr. 3 D-Dur, D major (1935)
31. I. Vivace con brio 05:46
32. II. Andantino cantabile 09:03
33. III. Allegro con spirito 08:28

Raluca Stirbat, piano