The music of Romanian composer George Enescu does not often find its way onto today's the concert stages. After listening this album, I wonder why that is the case. Enescu's music, in the adept hands of pianist Matei Varga, is, by turns, dark, searching, playful, virtuosic, and melancholy, and deserving of much more attention than it has received since Enescu's death in 1955. Varga navigates the thorny, not-quite tonal landscape of Enescu with the command and ease of a much older pianist. The second movement of the Sonata (Presto) is a rollocking Scherzo that comes alive under Varga's fingers. It is such an impressive reading that I am sure, when performed live, it inspires (or, more accurately, demands) applause even though there's another movement to come. And what a movement it is--the third movement of the Sonata is ravishing. Varga's sensitivity and depth as a performer really shine here. The whole Sonata, as well as the other works on the album (two short impromptus and a baroque-style suite), seem completely natural for this pianist, and it clearly goes beyond the fact that Varga is also Romanian. His utter command over every phrase and nuance make this a wonderful way to get to know the music of a less-familiar composer. I look forward to more from Matei Varga.