"The Orfeo Duo delivers magnificent performances of five Enescu scores, several of them never before recorded. Romanticism and modernism, gypsy fiddling and classical techniques converge in moody meanderings, full of voluptuous melodies and harmonic volatility... Violinist Vita Wallace and her brother, pianist Ishmael Wallace, have played together since childhood, and it shows: this kind of rapport is rare indeed." - Sarah Cahill, Classics Today
"Having cherished Enesco's own 1943 recording of his 3rd violin sonata with Dinu Lipatti, it is a pleasure to renew its acquaintance in a splendid modern recording by a young brother & sister duo, who have researched the oeuvre thoroughly and demonstrate, by playing everything by memory, their close rapport and complete assimilation of George Enesco's complex idiom.....The two smaller pieces, previously unrecorded, complete a rewarding programme which everyone should enjoy." - Peter Grahame Woolf, Classical.net
Georges Enesco was a remarkable composer and violinist. This recording brings together his best known sonata with two previously unrecorded works (the "Piece sur le nom de Faure" and "Aubade"). The music is influenced by French Impressionism and saturated with Romanian gypsy music.
The music for violin and piano on this recording is performed by the Orfeo Duo - Vita Wallace, violin and Ishmael Wallace, piano. Of this remarkable brother and sister duo, Richard Goode says, "They are a remarkable duo, with qualities of serious musicianship and interpretive depth that are very rare these days."
Catalog: MAR 239
Sonata No.3, Op.25
(In The Popular Romanian Style):
2. Moderato Malinconico
3. Andante Sostenuto E Misterioso
4. Allegro Con Brio, Ma Non Troppo Mosso
5. Impressions Of Childhood
6. Piece Sur Le Nom De 'Faure'
7. Aubade (Listen)
Total playing time: 73:25