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Ilya Poletaev and friends perform a tribute to George Enescu

January 12, 2010

Program includes a newly-discovered violin work by the Romanian composer

Enescu

Enescu

Canadian pianist and Yale faculty member Ilya Poletaev brings together his faculty colleague, tenor James Taylor, guest violinist Jennifer Curtis, and alumni cellist Mihai Marica for a tribute to the Romanian composer George Enescu on Saturday, February 6, 2010 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Enescu (1881-1955), described by Pablo Casals as “the greatest musical phenomenon since Mozart,” was a virtuoso violinist, pianist, and conductor as well as an educator and composer. His mature works are noteworthy for their refinement, complexity, and emotional depth, but have been celebrated little outside of Enescu’s native Romania.

This concert will introduce to the public some of the most important chamber works in Enescu’s oeuvre: Sept Chansons de Clement Marot, Op. 15; the newly-discovered Airs in Romanian Style for solo violin; the Cello Sonata, Op. 26, no. 2; the Piano Sonata, Op. 24, no. 1; and Impressions d’Enfance for violin and piano, Op. 28. This will be the first time the Airs in Romanian Style has been performed in New Haven; Curtis recently gave the work its New York premiere. Admission to the performance is free. For a live video stream of the concert, and for more information, visit the School of Music’s website.

About George Enescu

George Enescu has been described by Pablo Casals as “the greatest musical phenomenon since Mozart” and by Yehudi Menuhin as “one of the wonders of this world.” Although today chiefly remembered mostly as an great violinist, Enescu was perhaps the most versatile musician of the twentieth century: in addition to playing the violin, he was a virtuoso pianist and conductor, an inspiring pedagogue, and – most importantly – a composer of some of the most extraordinary music of his time, unique for its refinement, complexity, and emotional depth. Although celebrated in his native Romania, his mature work (completely different from the Romanian Rhapsodies, composed when he was only 18) has unfortunately been heard infrequently, and is only now beginning to reach a wider audience. This concert seeks to introduce to the public some of the most important chamber works in Enescu’s oeuvre.

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