The first audition of the Sonata No. 3 in A minor „in Romanian Folk Style” by George Enescu
16 January 1927, Oradea, Romania
The Sonata No. 3 in A minor „dans le caractère populaire roumain” for violin and piano, Op. 25, is a chamber-music composition written in 1926 by the Romanian composer George Enescu. The score, published in 1933, is dedicated to the memory of the violinist Franz Kneisel. It is one of the composer’s most popular and at the same time most critically respected works. The Third Violin Sonata was written in a span of about four months in 1926 at a time when Enescu was also occupied with the late stages of work on the opera Œdipe. The sonata was first performed in Oradea 1927 by the composer and the pianist Nicolae Caravia, who repeated it shortly afterward in Bucharest. Enescu and Caravia also gave the Paris premiere in March 1927, in the Salle Gaveau. A particularly notable early performance took place in Paris in June 1930, when the composer was partnered by Alfred Cortot.
Enescu’s pupil Yehudi Menuhin made a recording in 1936 with his sister Hephzibah Menuhin on piano, and the composer himself recorded the work twice as a violinist, in 1943 with Dinu Lipatti and again a few years later with Céliny Chaillez-Richez. A performance took place in May 1946 with Yehudi Menuhin playing the violin part, accompanied on the piano by the composer (Bentoiu 2010, 287, 305)
George Enescu – Violin Sonata No. 3 for violin and piano in A minor, in Romanian Folk Style
Performed by George Enescu, violin and Dinu Lipatti, piano