The iconic composer, conductor and violinist was embarking on his 1938 U.S. tour.

Georges Enesco Plays Music Of Beethoven And Mendelssohn InConcert – 1937 – Past Daily Weekend Gramophone

The iconic composer, conductor and violinist was embarking on his 1938 U.S. tour.

The iconic composer, conductor and violinist embarking on his 1938 U.S. tour.

Click on the link here for Audio Player – RCA Magic Key Program – Georges Enesco Conducts Beethoven – plays Mendelssohn – December 26, 1937 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection.

The name Georges Enesco is probably more closely associated now with his compositions, the Roumanian Rhapsodies than his talents as violinist and celebrated conductor. In the 1920s and 1930s he made a series of legendary recordings with the violin prodigy Yehudi Menuhin, whom he also taught. A prodigious violinist in his own right, Enesco gained a great reputation as a conductor and he frequently toured as a guest conductor and solo violinist.

After his death in 1955, his fame as a performer started to fade, while his fame as a composer continued to spread. Sadly, his most famous recordings were made during the pre-lp days of the 78 and he recorded very little later in life. The few later recordings he did make have fetched huge sums of money on the collectors market, and there is virtually nothing of him performing in concert, save for this recording.

This broadcast, part of the famed RCA Magic Key series of the 1930s, features Enesco as conductor and violinist – first conducting the NBC Orchestra in Beethoven’s Egmont Overture and following it up as violinist in the 2nd movement of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto.

Unfortunately, the Mendelssohn consists of only that movement as The Magic Key was a variety show and there were several other guests appearing on the show.

If you’re familiar with Georges Enesco the composer, but not Georges Enesco the violinist or Conductor, this 19-minute sample may whet your appetite. But finding his work as a performer may be hard and you may need to do some research if you’re looking for results.

In the meantime, enjoy this long-thought lost performance from 1937.

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7 Responses

  1. Mike Harron says:

    Gordon, I think the date on this one should be 37-12-26. Magic Key ran on NBCB on Sunday afternoons.

    • gordonskene says:

      You’re absolutely right. I checked the discs and, sure enough, it’s December 26th. I don’t know how I got the 27th . . .the eyesight must be failing me, at long last.
      Thanks for the fact-check! Going in and changing it.

  2. George Enescu says:

    Amazing concert ! I heard this histhorical recordings for the first time . Thanks !

  3. George Enescu says:

    Hello, is this a shellac records ? Can you send me a picture ( photo) with him ?

  4. Remus Miron says:


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