Dinu Lipatti Complete Published Abbey Road Solo Recordings

Dinu Lipatti Complete Published Abbey Road Solo Recordings

by Dinu Lipatti
     
 

The name of Romanian pianist Dinu Lipatti is known partly because of the mystique that accrues to those who die young. Lipatti succumbed to Hodgkin's disease in 1950, at the age of 33, leaving few recordings behind. A group of Chopin performances recorded months before his death went through several cycles of reissues in the LP era, and they'reSee more details below

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The name of Romanian pianist Dinu Lipatti is known partly because of the mystique that accrues to those who die young. Lipatti succumbed to Hodgkin's disease in 1950, at the age of 33, leaving few recordings behind. A group of Chopin performances recorded months before his death went through several cycles of reissues in the LP era, and they're true marvels, with a mixture of almost liquid texture with an indefinable sense of evanescence and sadness. But, as annotator Mark Ainley pointed out in his booklet essay for this fine Japanese release (there are also Japanese notes, but they appear not to correspond with the English text), those 1950 performances fail to give a full picture of Lipatti's art. The recordings here were mostly made in 1947 and 1948 at Britain's Abbey Road studio, and their dynamic range is superior to that of the later recordings. There is also one rather uncanny set of recordings from 1937 of some of Brahms' four-hand waltzes on which Lipatti is accompanied by none other than famed French pedagogue Nadia Boulanger. These recordings uncover Lipatti recordings of Bach and Scarlatti; the opening arrangement of "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" (from the "Cantata No. 147") by Myra Hess was one of Lipatti's trademarks, and his performance is a startling blend of accuracy and ecstasy. But the biggest revelation here is Lipatti's power and interpretive scope in the larger pieces, Chopin's "Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 56," and Liszt's "Sonetto del Petrarca No. 104." These show that the intimate atmosphere of his final recordings was partly a consequence of his illness. Lipatti, who often performed Beethoven's concertos but never managed to record them, was a penetrating thinker on the large scale, with unusual phrase articulations that take on structural significance and plenty of volume when he needed it. Well remastered by the Japanese engineers involved, and highly recommended for anyone interested in this artist.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/10/2009
Label:
Opus Kura
UPC:
0034061208129
catalogNumber:
2081
Rank:
220665

Tracks

  1. Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174): Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Dinu Lipatti
  2. Sonata for keyboard in E major, K. 380 (L. 23) "Cortège"  - Domenico Scarlatti  - Dinu Lipatti
  3. Sonata for keyboard in D minor, K. 9 (L. 413), "Pastorale"  - Domenico Scarlatti  - Dinu Lipatti
  4. Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58, CT. 203  - Frédéric Chopin  - Dinu Lipatti
  5. Nocturne for piano No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/1, CT. 114  - Frédéric Chopin  - Dinu Lipatti
  6. Waltz for piano No. 2 in A flat major, Op. 34/1, CT. 208  - Frédéric Chopin  - Dinu Lipatti
  7. Barcarolle for piano in F sharp major, Op. 60, CT. 6  - Frédéric Chopin  - Dinu Lipatti
  8. Sonetto del Petrarca No. 104 (Pace non trovo; II) for piano (Années II/5), S. 161/5 (LW A55/5)  - Franz Liszt  - Dinu Lipatti
  9. Waltzes (16) for piano, 4 hands (or piano), Op. 39: Nos. 1, 2, 5, 6, 10, 14 & 15  - Johannes Brahms  - Nadia Boulanger  - Dinu Lipatti
  10. Alborada del Gracioso, for orchestra  - Maurice Ravel  - Dinu Lipatti

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