Luiza Borac plays Enescu -
'... a worthy ambassador for a genius ...'
It is both strange and sad that the greatest all-round musician of all time
should have a name which could be, and only to some now, one that is merely
remembered as an afterthought -- and then only possibly. He was one of the
world's finest violinists alongside Kreisler and Heifetz; a pianist whose
technique was the envy of Alfred Cortot; a cellist and organist; a conductor
brilliant enought to have been considered to succeed Toscanini with the New
York Philharmonic; a phenomenal musical memory (he memorized Ravel's sonata
after one read-through from the manuscript, and sang the part of Wotan from
the podium at a rehearsal of Siegfried, Act 3 when the bass had been taken ill).
He taught Menuhin, Grumiaux and Gitlis among others. And he was the composer
of an opera (Oedipe), five symphonies (of which two involved chorus), many
chamber works and songs. That was George Enescu, who died in poverty in a
one-room Paris flat in 1955, the only musician to represent Romania, a country
that has contributed little else to the chronicles of European music.
George Enescu (1881-1955) The Three Piano Suites - Luiza Borac
But now comes a most welcome recording of his three Piano Suites, written
over a period of twenty years, and played by Luiza Borac, a new and outstanding
representative of Romania's brightening musical prestige. The performances
are brittle and full of energetic sparkle, most vividly in the finale from the
Suite No 1, subtitled 'dans le style ancien'
[listen -- track 4, 0:00-0:59].
Copyright © 21 December 2003
Patric Standford, Wakefield UK