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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.

Operas (complete):

Oedipe (Oedipus)

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).

Naxos 8.660163-64

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Foster/Dam/Bacquier (EMI 7 54011-2)

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