May 28, 2007 at 5:42 PMIn which I succumb to a sudden and unexpected attack of Romania-mania
...so, long story short, I watched the Art of Violin again last night and was absolutely hypnotized by the short clip of George Enescu playing his own "Romanian Sonata" (Sonata #3.) I've been looking all over for any more recordings by him, especially of the Romanian Sonata but really anything would do. (I already have his Bach Sonatas and Partitas, I was listening to it until 1:30 AM.) I couldn't find anything obvious on Amazon, are all his recordings out of print? Do I get to go snoop around eBay in search of wonderfully dusty old vinyl LPs? Somebody please just help me find more recordings of this Romanian God of Music!!!
(Oh yes, and that's the picture I was referring to on the dinosaur thread.) ;-)
Go try ArkivMusic.com.
Didn't think of ArchivMusik--thanks. I'm liking the idea of searching eBay for nice musty old records, though--it's the history buff plus the sentimentalist in me.
I'm also girding myself for an early-morning bid battle on eBay tomorrow for a gorgeous, rare old copy of him playing two of his sonatas (including the "Romanian"!) with Dinu Lipatti...I probably won't get it but you never know.
Also, if you want to drop the big rubles, Montagnana Books has a 1939 Enesco autographed program for $150.00.
Also, Mr. Al, let the kid have her crush on Enesco, if she wants. She could do a lot worse, you know. And at least she isn't going on and on and on about a certain Mid-Western Super-Career violin soloist that is famous for his incessant video game playing. Ick.
there's a new CD release of the Enescu/Lipatti-recordings from 2004 made in Romania. If you include the name of the record company in your google-search, you'll see plenty opportunities to buy it, though you never know, whether it's actually available there. :/ But the company at least will send it.
Additionally if you're interested in newer material about your hero, 2005 was the Enescu-year with an Enescu-symposium in Berlin, in autumn there will be a book published with all the results, essays, images etc. of it. On their site you'll find some interesting links including an interview with Gidon Kremer on Enescu.
P.S.: If you add a quotation mark (") at the end of the URL on your 1st youtube-link in the dinosaur-thread, it's repaired again. There are still so many things to be said about 20 square centimetres of nude female skin on a cover...
Glad to hear the same recordings are out on CD--they never have quite the charm of old vinyl, but it beats whacking at the computer mouse like a deranged lunatic yelling "I just placed a bid, how is it STILL outbidding me?!"
Yeah, not really interested in blowing *that* many rubles, Anna, but thanks--I've often come across the Montagnana Books website and found myself drooling over the various violinist memorabilia. ;-)
I really like to browse through Montagnana Books. Those prices are pretty steep. So I have contented myself with understanding that MB is the Bein & Fuschi of Musical Ephemera. Nice to look at, but not in my price range...
So, just enter the maximum you want to spend on the item and forget about it. Do it late in the auction, like a couple minutes to go, to avoid a bidding war.
Someday look into old 78s and some kind of vintage wind-up acoustic playback machine. Sounds better than you might think and is a different kind of experience. The players are cheap, like a similarly-sized piece of furniture from the same time.
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