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Graham Lock
International Piano, May 2017

ENESCU, G.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 1 (Solaun) GP705
ENESCU, G.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 2 (Solaun) GP706
ENESCU, G.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 3 (Solaun) GP707

According to one recent commentator, George Enescu ‘is the greatest composer whose greatness is not yet generally recognised.’ He is remembered today chiefly as a virtuoso violinist and teacher, whereas in his lifetime Enescu (1881–1955) was also renowned for his compositions.

As winner of the 2014 George Enescu International Piano Competition, Spanish pianist Josu de Solaun brings a clear authority to the music, which he plays with unassuming sensitivity. …Luiza Borac, an earlier winner of the Enescu Piano Competition, set the benchmark in the early 2000s when she recorded the suites and sonatas for Avie. Her versatile playing can really make the music sing at times, but Solaun’s more measured approach is no less satisfying. His three discs, which are available separately, offer an engaging and persuasive account of this fascinating repertoire. © 2017 International Piano Read complete review




Lucía Martín-Maestro Verbo
Melómano (Spain), April 2017

ENESCU, G.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 1 (Solaun) GP705
ENESCU, G.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 2 (Solaun) GP706
ENESCU, G.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 3 (Solaun) GP707

…whether because of the unusual programme or the superb interpretations offered by Solaun, we are faced with a collection of music that needs to be listened to, an essential album that promises to delight even the most demanding music lover. © 2017 Melómano




Emili Blasco
Scherzo, March 2017

ENESCU, G.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 1 (Solaun) GP705
ENESCU, G.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 2 (Solaun) GP706
ENESCU, G.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 3 (Solaun) GP707

Full recommendation for these completely outstanding albums, thanks to the indisputable merit of a communicator who is so thoroughly engaged with the music he plays. © 2017 Scherzo




Jessica Duchen
BBC Music Magazine, February 2017

ENESCU, G.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 1 (Solaun) GP705
ENESCU, G.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 2 (Solaun) GP706
ENESCU, G.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 3 (Solaun) GP707

[…] Josu de Solaun makes a seriously persuasive case for the varied and absorbing piano music in these three discs. […] De Solaun never makes heavy weather of Enescu’s demanding writing, but lets expression lead at all times, no matter how intense the virtuosity. There’s a bouncy vitality to his playing, a warm and intimate approach to phrasing and beautifully mellow tone quality. © 2017 BBC Music Magazine



Elisabeth Deckers
www.klassik.com, December 2016

…the upper voice (right hand) makes the notes sound as bright and clear as if precious pearls were presented on a velvet cloth. In contrast, the left hand bursts as an indeterminate threat in the deepest depth, which is supported by the extensive use of the pedal. The interpretation is never mawkish, despite great sound variations, but always stays under control. © 2016 www.klassik.com



Sang Woo Kang
American Record Guide, November 2016

George Enescu, a composer and violinist from Romania, was active for the first half of the 20th Century. Unlike the Nocturnes by Chopin, his Nocturne is a large-scale work of about 20 minutes. Often Scriabinesque, the piece unfolds beautifully under De Solaun’s fluid playing, with a wide range of colors and sounds. The ‘Melodie’ from the Pieces Impromptues sounds very romantic, with rubatos, arpeggiated notes, wide leaps, and resolution of dissonant harmonies. ‘Appassionato’ contains Wagnerian climaxes. De Solaun’s technique is excellent here. The concluding Sonata 1 is shot through with harmonic twists and driving rhythms, handled expertly. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide




Gonzalo Pérez Chamorro
Ritmo, July 2016

The Enescu’s piano works on Grand Piano was a deep and hard endeavour, not only playing them in concerts but also doing a deep and strong research of the composer’s manuscripts. In addition to the great work of the sound engineer, Jorge Luis García Bastidas, we find the fine Shigeru Kawai instrument, and the wonderful Palau de la Música de Valencia concert hall. I assure you that the results of this album are amazing. © 2016 Ritmo



David Denton
David's Review Corner, June 2016

Like so many other incredibly gifted musicians, Enescu was a success in several fields having been a conductor, a superb violinist, a busy composer and a teacher. He was also a very fine pianist, who performed both as a soloist and duet partner; more than capable as a cellist and organist, and was the mentor of many of the great violinists of the following generation. Yet today he is hardly remembered, and having never focused his life on a single attribute, history never looks kindly on such varied musical talents, his piano music being a particular casualty of this neglect. He was writing in an eclectic style that took much from the late Romantic era, to which he then added an extra layer of sumptuousness, the dense scoring that resulted often proving very exacting for the performer. That style is immediately evident in the Nocturne, an extensive work dedicated to his mentally unstable wife. Move forward nine years to 1916 and the eight Pieces Impromptues are shaped in a series of Romanian impressions, predominantly of a gentle nature, and ending with a wonderful evocation of bells. Eight years later, the First Sonata had taken the style of overlaying one stage further to create a very complex sound world, though for much of the opening movement, it is in a relatively quiet world. A toccata-like Presto vivace leads to gentle bell-like sounds that conclude the score as it rather fades away. Winner of both the Enescu and Iturbi International Piano Competitions, the Spanish pianist, Josu De Solaun brings clarity to Enescu’s density and shape where it is all too easy to meander. The first of three discs, the sound is outstanding, and I ask you to explore a unique musical voice that is unjustly neglected. © 2016 David’s Review Corner





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