George Enescu
Symphonie Concertante for Cello and Orchestra
Symphony No. 1

Truls Mørk, cello
Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra
Hannu Lintu, conductor



Sleeve notes in English and Finnish


February 2015

Catalogue No.:
ODE 1198-2


Track listing

CD 54:04
George Enescu (1881-1955)
Symphonie Concertante for Cello and Orchestra in B flat minor, Op. 8 23:54
1 Assez lent – 10:35
2 Assez lent – 4:49
3 Majestueux 8:28
Symphony No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 13 30:00
4 Assez vif et rythmé 10:58
5 Lent 10:50
6 Vif et vigoureux 8:08

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Press review

Truls Mørk is top dollar in all key respects, his phrase-shaping sensitively inflected (just try his first entry), and his tone production as warm as anyone could wish for (...). No need to sing the praises of Hannu Lintu and the Tampere Philharmonic in this repertoire (...). A definite thumbs-up for Mørk and Lintu.

Rob Cowan, Gramophone, May 2015  
Truls Mørk is an impassioned advocate delivering an intense and committed account of the cello part (...). Some of the most imaginative writing comes in the central slow movement where Lintu and his Finnish orchestra are in their element, encapsulating to perfection both the mysterious brooding harmonies of the introduction and the more ardent melodic ideas that follow suit.
Performance: ****
Recording: *****
Erik Levi, BBC Music Magazine, July 2015

Complete description

The final release of the George Enescu (1881-1955) symphony cycle includes two neglected masterpieces: the 1st Symphony filled with youthful energy and the poetic and lyric Symphonie concertante for Cello and Orchestra. The soloist of the Symphony concertante is the award-winning cellist Truls Mørk.

Enescu wrote both of the works at a relatively young age: the Symphonie concertante was written at the age of 20 and the 1st Symphony was premiered when the composer was 25 years of age. Even so, Enescu had already created himself an impressive career as a composer with several large-scale works.

The Ondine recordings with Hannu Lintu and the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra have proved to be extremely successful. The first release of the Enescu cycle received Gramophone Awards Nomination 2013. Hannu Lintu and the orchestra also received GRAMMY nomination for their recording of Rautavaara's Kaivos Opera.