George Enescu (1881-1955)
Information about the composer George Enescu and his operas.
George Enescu, known as Georges Enesco in France, was a Romanian composer, violinist, pianist, conductor and teacher. Although born in Romania he lived for much of his life in Paris.
A wonderful opera that contains beautiful, moving music, and deserves to be rescued from obscurity.
Recommended recordings on CD
Gielen/Pederson/Silins (Naxos 8.660163-64)
Recorded live at the Vienna State Opera in 1997, this is a superb recording and performance of this underrated opera.
Vienna State Opera Chorus, Vienna State Opera Orchestra, conducted by Michael Gielen, 1997.
Cast: Monte Pederson (Oedipe), Egils Silins (Tiresias), Davide Damiani (Creon), Michael Roider (Shepherd), Ruxandra Donose (Antigone).
Foster/Dam/Bacquier (EMI 7 54011-2)
A superbly moving performance with excellent sound.
Les Petits Chanteurs de Monaco, Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orféon Donostiarra, conducted by Lawrence Foster, 1989.
Cast: José van Dam (Oedipe), Gabriel Bacquier (Tiresias), Marcel Vanaud (Creon), Nicolai Gedda (Shepherd), Barbara Hendricks (Antigone).
EMI 7 54011-2