Personalities | George Enescu | Modern Era | Classical

(Zhôrzh En-es’-ko) 1881–1955
Romanian composer

A pupil of Jules Massenet (1842–1912) and Gabriel Fauré (1845–1924), Enescu became famous as a composer with his two Romanian Rhapsodies, written when he was 20 years old, in a style close to Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsodies. His performing career as violinist and conductor was cut short by illness and he was largely forgotten after his death, but his striking opera Oedipe (1936) and other works, notably five symphonies, have been rediscovered in recent years. They combine French refinement with a strength drawn from Eastern European folk music.

Recommended Recording:
Oedipe, soloists, Monte Carlo PO (cond) Lawrence Foster (EMI/Warner)

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