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George Enescu

The Romanian composer, conductor, pianist, teacher and violinist George Enescu was born 19 August 1881 in Moldavia at a place which now bears his name. He studied (from age 7) in Vienna and then Paris (under Massenet and Fauré) and quickly achieved success with works such as the two Romanian Rhapsodies. As a violinist he achieved fame for his performances of Bach and contemporary music. His pupils included Yehudi Menuhin and Arthur Grumiaux. Enescu died in Paris on 4 May 1955.

A selection of M&V articles about George Enescu

Ensemble. Orchestral Showpieces - Cristian Mandeal conducts the Hallé Orchestra, heard by Mike Wheeler

CD Spotlight. Approachable Pieces - Enescu and Bartók, heard by Robert Anderson. 'Laura Buruiana triumphs in what is ultimately an exacting work.'

Ensemble. Trends and Tendencies - Contemporary music at the Enescu Festival, discussed by Giuseppe Pennisi

CD Spotlight. Gutsy Performances - Enescu cello sonatas, heard by Howard Smith. '... perfectly rounded and the intonation irreproachable.'

CD Spotlight. Tip Top Music - Tine Thing Helseth and Kathryn Stott, heard by Howard Smith. 'Ever full of daring ...'

CD Spotlight. Dazzling Tracks - Dinu Lipatti, heard by Joanne Chang. '... skillfully and brilliantly carried out.'

CD Spotlight. Late Romanticism - Trio Brancusi plays Enescu, welcomed by Bill Newman. 'The performances are all first rate ...'

Uncommon Joy - Florian Mitrea at London's St Martin-in-the-Fields, heard by Malcolm Troup

Ensemble. Music and the Pride of a Nation - Giuseppe Pennisi takes a glimpse at the Enescu Festival's Jubilee programme

Ensemble. Unmissable Talents - An array of artists at London's Wigmore Hall, reviewed by Bill Newman

Ensemble. A Remarkable Event - Paul Sarcich visits the West Cork Chamber Music Festival

Record Box. Richness of Colour - Stokowski conducts Wagner, Enescu, Debussy and Stravinsky, enjoyed by Robert Anderson

Ensemble. Restrained Passion - Valeriy Sokolov and Eric Ferrand-N'Kaoua play Bach, Beethoven, Schumann, Enescu and Prokofiev, heard by Bill Newman

Ensemble. Primal Energy - Barenboim and the Vienna Philharmonic play Bartók, Kodály, Enescu and Ligeti

CD Spotlight. Undivided Artistry - Remus Azoitei plays Enescu, reviewed by Howard Smith. '... a truly commanding performance.'

Ensemble. Breathtaking Pianism - Malcolm Miller was at Ian Hobson's Wigmore Hall piano recital

Ensemble. A tropical farewell - Malcolm Tattersall sends a final report from the Australian Festival of Chamber Music

Provocative thoughts, from Patric Standford - School Orchestra

Provocative thoughts, from Patric Standford - All-round musical greatness

CD Spotlight. Creative legacy - Luiza Borac plays Enescu, appreciated by Patric Standford. '... a worthy ambassador for a genius ...'

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