Free Download: Enescu's Cello Sonata in F minor

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This week’s free download is Enescu’s Cello Sonata in F minor, as performed by Laura Buruiana and Alexandra Silocea on their latest disc, out now on Avie.

Written while Enescu was only 17 and a student at the Paris Conservatoire, the sonata was originally intended to be the opening movement of his Cello Sonata No. 1, also in F minor and written in 1898. However, the single-movement sonata became a separate work when the first movement was rewritten, and is hardly known, only recently receiving significant attention. Referred to by Buruiana as Enescu’s ‘lost cello sonata’, the piece was rediscovered and completed in 1988, 90 years after its publication, by fellow Romanian Hans-Peter Türk.

In the booklet that accompanies this thrilling new disc, Buruiana expresses her hope that the recording brings the sonata ‘the recognition from musicians and audiences that it deserves’. 

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