When Paul Humphreys and Andy McCluskey reunited as Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark to appear on German TV in June 2005, they hadn't performed together for 16 years. Yet it went so well that they soon made plans for a full return to the live arena involving their former bandmates Martin Cooper and Malcolm Holmes, the other two members of the line-up that made the epochal Architecture & Morality album in 1981. Indeed, in May 2007, they embarked on a European tour which included two dates at London's Hammersmith Apollo and saw them perform Architecture & Morality in toto complete with its trio of Top 5 hits Souvenir, Joan Of Arc and Maid Of Orleans followed by a dozen of their synth-pop hits, from Electricity, their wonderful 1979 debut for Factory Records, to the rousing Walking On The Milky Way from 1996, via the yearning If You Leave, their 1986 US breakthrough from the soundtrack to Pretty In Pink.
The premiere of Enescu's Poème roumain, Op. 1, was the first of many triumphs for the 16-year-old composer, who had been studying in Paris with Massenet and Fauré since 1890. Edouard Colonne conducted the first performance at Théâtre du Chatelet, and the work's Romantic evocation of the Romanian national character caught the imagination of the sophisticated Parisian audience to the extent that Enescu would thereafter always be well received in that hard-to-please city…..
A monumental and distinctly Brahmsian work, Enescu's Third Symphony is an emotionally intense war symphony of grandiose dimension. Scored for orchestra and chorus, it calls for large forces to be deployed in execution of the composer's vision – 12 double basses, for example, including two soli. It anticipates Oedipe in its philosophical approach and indeed in some of its thematic material which finds its way into Enescu's magnum opus…..Tim Mahon @ AllMusic.com
Enescu's symphony No. 2 was written during years when he was very busy as a leading concert violinist of his times. He was always a careful and slow worker, so like many of his major compositions this symphony took several years to complete. It was first performed in Bucharest on March 28, 1915, an event that could not make a large impression in Western Europe, which was then consumed in World War I. The A major tonality …….Joseph Stevenson @ AllMusic.com