Daniel Rowland’s life-long passion for George Enescu’s work, combined with the vibrancy of his and Natacha Kudritskaya’s playing, is beautifully presented in their new duo disc featuring three out of the four works Enescu wrote for violin and piano. It follows the duo’s highly successful and critically acclaimed first recording ‘Les années folles’, comprising works rooted in Paris during the highly colourful, imaginative, daring period known by that name.
The three works on this CD are all close to Rowland’s heart, and show the wide scope of Enescu’s musical language. The deeply soulful, romantic second sonata has more than a few echoes of Fauré, yet is unmistakably young Enescu, written just before the astonishing Octet. This is music overflowing with emotions, passion and tenderness. The third Sonata ‘In the popular Romanian style’ is probably his most famous chamber music work. The piece evokes all the elements of gypsy music, crystallised to a highly sophisticated level. ‘Impressions’ is a uniquely touching piece with a gloriously incandescent ending: the memories of an older man describing his childhood in a remote Romanian village.
“For me there is something magical about the music and the personality of George Enescu. Everything about him conjures up a sense of generosity, big-heartedness and limitless imagination. Casals described him as ‘the greatest musical phenomenon since Mozart’. Menuhin said, ‘Enescu gave me the light that has guided my entire existence.’ He also considered Enescu to be ‘the most extraordinary human being, the greatest musician and the most formative influence he had ever experienced.’
“It has been a great joy recording these pieces that I love with Natacha at Champs Hill, the perfect place for music to fly freely.”
Violin Sonata No.3 in A minor, Op. 25 (1926), ‘Dans Le Caractère Populaire Rounmain’
Andante sostenuto e misterioso
Allegro con brio, ma non troppo mosso
Violin Sonata No.2 in F Minor, Op. 6 (1898)
Impressions D’enfance, Op. 28 (1940)
Daniel Rowland and Natacha Kudritskaya perform works by Ravel, Anthill, Gershwin and Enescu at the Champs Hill Music Room on Saturday 29th October to mark the launch of this new CD.