The Caprice Roumain by George Enescu in the interpretation of David Grimal on www.festivalenescu.ro on the occasion of Romania’s National Day
The George Enescu International Festival invites music lovers to listen to the Caprice Roumain for violin and orchestra, on www.festivalenescu.ro, and celebrate Romania’s National Day together. The Caprice Roumain was performed at the jubilee edition of the Enescu Festival, in September 2021, at the Palace Hall, by the French ensemble Les Dissonances led by the violinist and its artistic director, David Grimal. The recording of the concert can be watched free of charge until Sunday, December 5, by accessing this link.
George Enescu – one of the most cultivated and appreciated violinists of the 20th century – left us with only one concert score dedicated to the violin, the Caprice Roumain. Composed for violin and orchestra, this work continues the direction successfully expressed in Sonata III for violin and piano, “dans le caractère populaire roumain”: it emphasizes a raw violin virtuosity, embroidered on sounds and improvisational allure (as the Capriciu title also announces) of traditional music, and the role of accompanying “taraf” belongs this time to the orchestra.
Enescu composed fragments from the Caprice Roumain for Violin and Orchestra at different times between 1925-1949, never reaching the end of his work. This stylized portrait of the Romanian gipsy fiddler that we currently hear in concert programs was also possible due to the composer Cornel Țăranu, who restored and completed the opus quadripartite, starting from only 20 pages orchestrated in the manuscript and from a fourth part which existed only on an intentional level.
Last but not least, the work of reconstituting the violin virtuosity of Enescu – by adding ornaments that enrich both the expressive and the technical dimension – happened by virtue of the violinist Sherban Lupu, who also held the first audition of the Enescu work.
The recording of the Caprice Roumain in the interpretation of David Grimal and Les Dissonances, together with the documentary films about the pandemic editions of the Enescu Competition and Festival, represents the contribution of the George Enescu International Festival to the virtual space made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the anniversary of Romania’s National Day, promoted through more than 150 diplomatic missions and consular offices of Romania.