George Enescu

source: WikipediaThe greatest Romanian composer, born in 1881 in a tiny village in the extreme North-East of the country, startled as a child prodigy, enrolling at the Vienna conservatory at age 7, after having written hist first composition at age 5.

He went on to become an appreciated violonist, conductor, composer and later teacher (most well-known pupil: Yehudi Menuhin), staged on all big world scenes.

Together with Hungarian Béla Bartók (born in the same year) George Enescu is regarded as one of the prominent figures of “modern” symphonic music coming from Eastern Europe. He introduced Romanian folk tunes into numerous symphonic pieces; the most popular ones are the two Romanian Rhapsodies.

Below the colorful Romanian Rhapsody No. 1, in two parts, conducted by probably the most famous Romanian conductor, Sergiu Celibidache:

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