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  Avie Records -
  AV2081 (2 discs)
  Enescu: Two Piano Sonatas - Luiza Borac
  George Enescu: Two Piano Sonatas, Nocturne, Prelude and Fugue, Pièce sur le nom de Fauré, Scherzo

Luiza Borac (piano)
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  Classical - Instrumental
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Review by wehecht May 6, 2006 (8 of 8 found this review helpful)
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George Enescu may have been the greatest musical polymath in recent history. Just reading the biographical material included in Martin Anderson's excellent notes to this recording is enough to encourage anyone to want to explore Enescu's work beyond the ubiquitous Romanian Rhapsodies. This is Luiza Borac's second Enescu recording for Avie, the first being of the three suites for piano (I cannot submit a formal review since I've heard it only on rbcd, but any comments about performance may be taken to apply equally to that disc as well). This disc (actually two discs totaling a little over 90 minutes and priced just a bit over the normal price of one)is arranged chronologically covering a period of more than 30 years of the composer's life. Disc one consists of works in a variety of forms, and disc two contains the first and third sonatas (the second was never written down, it existed only in the composer's head). While the sonatas are clearly the major works, and IMO they are the equal of any others of the first half of the 20th century including Rachmaninov's and Prokofiev's, my particular favorite is the 20 minute long Nocturne on disc one, a truly visionary and disturbing work.

Luisa Borac is a relatively young pianist who was born and trained in Romania, including time as a student at the Enescu Music School in Bucharest. It is no overtatement to say that she has this music in her blood. A prize winner at numerous international competitions her technique is fully equal to the significant demands of the music. She produces a wonderfully solid and rounded tone that retains it's essential character over a wide dynamic range. Because I haven't heard any other recordings of most of this music, not do I have access to scores, I cannot comment with any authority on the interpretations beyond saying that they sound convincing to me, opening up a new and wonderful corner of the repertoire. All of this has been recorded (mc) very naturally, conveying a real sense of listening to a compelling recital in an moderate sized hall.

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Works: 6  

George Enescu - Nocturne in D flat major
George Enescu - Piano Sonata No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 24/1
George Enescu - Piano Sonata No. 3 in D major, Op. 24/3
George Enescu - Piece sur le nom de Faure
George Enescu - Prelude and Fugue in C major
George Enescu - Scherzo