“The greatest musical phenomenon since Mozart,” said Pablo Casals, a famous Spanish cellist, about the Romanian composer, violinist and conductor George Enescu. Enescu was undoubtedly one of the most prominent composers in Romania, the creator of the Romanian national symphonism. He also contributed to the formation and development of the national opera. One can hear echoes of Wagner and French impressionist music in his early works, while his later opuses, abounding in Romanian folklore intonations, display neo-romantic features.
In 1916, Enescu composed a mystical musical painting of bell sounds. Carillon Nocturne, the last of the seven Pièces Impromptues that make up Suite No. 3, is a breakthrough in piano technique, a vivid example of spectral music. The dissonant chords and intervals heard throughout the work convey the overtones of the bells and their striking timbral properties.
Enescu’s groundbreaking work is performed by Daniel Ciobanu, a Romanian pianist, a winner of many international competitions.
PIANO: DANIEL CIOBANU