Well, I see my absence this time has been the longest yet. My apologies, but somehow this summer’s break for me has included working on transfer projects this time. All I can say is that I have no intention of giving up, and there are quite a few things in the works! I’ll try to catch up with responding to your comments soon….my apologies for neglecting these, and thanks for all of your input.
This is a fresh bit of work from just a couple of nights ago. I’m back in the mid-Atlantic for my semi-annual visit, which means visits to Ward Marston’s as well! So, as so often, let’s all thank Ward for providing the fine morsel from his collection, and his expert disc to digital expertise. If the side joins are inferior, that is MY department this time!
Listeners may be more familiar these days with the recordings Enescu and Dinu Lipatti made of this (and the 2nd also) Sonata, which have now been issued in a number of different forms (I’m afraid the current incarnation from Electrecord is not at all good sonically). This version with Chailley-Richez was commercially recorded and issued. They also recorded Enescu’s 2nd Sonata for Remington (see this wonderful site for information on Chailley-Richez and Enescu‘s work for that label). These days the Lipatti versions have supplanted these collaborations, which is understandable, but unfortunate. Yes, Chailley-Richez is no Lipatti, but is no slouch either, and the recorded sound gives a better representation of Enescu’s tonal palate, even though he is near the end of his violinistic career, and there are a few moments of unsteadiness. In either version, Enescu shows that this wonderful work was one he was born to compose AND perform!
Enescu: Violin Sonata No. 3, op. 25,
“Dans le charactère populaire roumain”
Georges Enescu, violin
Céliny Chailley-Richez, piano
Recorded October 19, 1948
Columbia GFX 121/3
Matrix nos.: CLX 2646/51 (all take 1)
Paris, Studio Albert