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All Music Guide - James Leonard
Dinu Lipatti died of Hodgkin's disease in December 1950 at the age of 33, and the recordings on these seven discs are essentially his entire recorded legacy, a legacy which is, by common agreement, sublime. Lipatti had an impeccable technique, of course, but it was his taste, his tone, and his interpretations that made him transcendent. Though his repertoire was necessarily limited by his illness, his taste was consummate with very little Baroque, almost a little late Romantic and hardly any Modern, but with great Mozart, great Liszt, and above all the best Chopin. In other words, Lipatti picked only the most quintessentially pianistic piano works to perform, and on that ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
Dinu Lipatti died of Hodgkin's disease in December 1950 at the age of 33, and the recordings on these seven discs are essentially his entire recorded legacy, a legacy which is, by common agreement, sublime. Lipatti had an impeccable technique, of course, but it was his taste, his tone, and his interpretations that made him transcendent. Though his repertoire was necessarily limited by his illness, his taste was consummate with very little Baroque, almost a little late Romantic and hardly any Modern, but with great Mozart, great Liszt, and above all the best Chopin. In other words, Lipatti picked only the most quintessentially pianistic piano works to perform, and on that handful, Lipatti lavished his pure, clear, and ideally balanced tone. Whether in Bartók's angular Adagio religioso from his "Third Concerto" or Chopin's flowing Barcarolle or Bach's effervescent Gigue from his "First Partita," Lipatti has measured each note's significance and its place in the whole, and then granted every note exactly the right weight and color, thereby creating performances of ineffable rightness. Lipatti's highest attribute, however, is the intensely spiritual quality of his interpretations. As even the acutely unsentimental Herbert von Karajan recognized, there was something otherworldly about the way Lipatti phrased a melody, shaded a harmony, and inflected a rhythm so that every line seemed to be singing with its own seraphic voice. His recording of Bach's "Jesu bleibet meine Freude" is the supreme example where Lipatti's effortless simplicity and complete objectivity allow the music's spirituality to radiantly shine through. Also included is a recording of Lipatti's final concert performed less than two months before his death. Though clearly weakened by his disease -- he was unable to perform the last of Chopin's waltzes -- the concentrated fervor of his playing is awe-inspiring. Any listener with a heart will weep.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/2/2008
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • EAN: 5099920731823
  • Catalog Number: 07318
  • Sales rank: 6,071

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–6 Partita for keyboard No. 1 in B flat major, BWV 825 (BC L1) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Dinu Lipatti (17:01)
  2. 2 Nun komm der Heiden Heiland (I), chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein No. 1), BWV 599 (BC K28) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Dinu Lipatti (4:05)
  3. 3 Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ (I), chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein No. 41), BWV 639 (BC K68) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Dinu Lipatti (2:57)
  4. 4 Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174): Chorale: Jesu bleibet meine Freude - Johann Sebastian Bach & Dinu Lipatti (3:25)
  5. 5 Sonata for flute & keyboard in E flat major, BWV 1031: Siciliana - Johann Sebastian Bach & Dinu Lipatti (3:08)
  6. 11–13 Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor, K. 310 (K. 300d) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Dinu Lipatti (13:29)
  7. 12 Sonata for keyboard in E major, K. 380 (L. 23) "Cortège" - Dinu Lipatti & Domenico Scarlatti (2:40)
  8. 13 Sonata for keyboard in D minor, K. 9 (L. 413), "Pastorale" - Dinu Lipatti & Domenico Scarlatti (3:16)
  9. 14 Nocturne for piano No. 8 in D flat major, Op. 27/2, CT. 115 - Frédéric Chopin & Dinu Lipatti (5:44)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Waltz for piano No. 4 in F major, Op. 34/3, CT. 210 - Frédéric Chopin & Dinu Lipatti (2:12)
  2. 2 Waltz for piano No. 5 in A flat major, Op. 42, CT. 211 - Frédéric Chopin & Dinu Lipatti (3:42)
  3. 3 Waltz for piano No. 6 in D flat major ("Minute"), Op. 64/1, CT. 212 - Frédéric Chopin & Dinu Lipatti (1:46)
  4. 4 Waltz for piano No. 9 in A flat major ("L'adieu") Op. 69/1, CT. 215 - Frédéric Chopin & Dinu Lipatti (4:26)
  5. 5 Waltz for piano No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64/2, CT. 213 - Frédéric Chopin & Dinu Lipatti (3:08)
  6. 6 Waltz for piano No. 11 in G flat major, Op. 70/1, CT. 217 - Frédéric Chopin & Dinu Lipatti (1:57)
  7. 7 Waltz for piano No. 10 in B minor, Op. 69/2, CT. 216 - Frédéric Chopin & Dinu Lipatti (3:34)
  8. 8 Waltz for piano in E minor, KK IVa/15, CT. 222 (B. 56) - Frédéric Chopin & Dinu Lipatti (2:45)
  9. 9 Waltz for piano No. 3 in A minor, Op. 34/2, CT. 209 - Frédéric Chopin & Dinu Lipatti (4:50)
  10. 10 Waltz for piano No. 8 in A flat major, Op. 64/3, CT. 214 - Frédéric Chopin & Dinu Lipatti (2:55)
  11. 11 Waltz for piano No. 12 in F minor, Op. 70/2, CT. 218 - Frédéric Chopin & Dinu Lipatti (2:45)
  12. 12 Waltz for piano No. 13 in D flat major, Op. 70/3, CT. 219 - Frédéric Chopin & Dinu Lipatti (2:33)
  13. 13 Waltz for piano No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 18, CT. 207 - Frédéric Chopin & Dinu Lipatti (4:38)
  14. 14 Waltz for piano No. 2 in A flat major, Op. 34/1, CT. 208 - Frédéric Chopin & Dinu Lipatti (4:32)
  15. 15 Mazurka for piano No. 32 in C sharp minor, Op. 50/3, CT. 82 - Frédéric Chopin & Dinu Lipatti (4:24)
  16. 16 Barcarolle for piano in F sharp major, Op. 60, CT. 6 - Frédéric Chopin & Dinu Lipatti (8:27)
Disc 3
  1. 1–4 Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58, CT. 203 - Frédéric Chopin & Dinu Lipatti (25:15)
  2. 2 Sonetto del Petrarca No. 104 (Pace non trovo; II) for piano (Années II/5), S. 161/5 (LW A55/5) - Franz Liszt & Dinu Lipatti (6:13)
  3. 3 Alborada del Gracioso, for orchestra - Maurice Ravel & Dinu Lipatti (5:42)
  4. 4 Waltzes (16) for piano, 4 hands (or piano), Op. 39: No. 1 / No. 2 / No. 5 / No. 6 / No. 10 / No. 14 / - Dinu Lipatti & Johannes Brahms (8:16)
  5. 8–10 Piano Sonata No. 3 in D major, Op. 24/3 - George Enescu & Dinu Lipatti (20:06)
Disc 4
  1. 1–3 Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54 - Robert Schumann & Dinu Lipatti (29:45)
  2. 4–6 Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major ("Elvira Madigan") K. 467 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Dinu Lipatti (28:55)
Disc 5
  1. 1–3 Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 - Edvard Grieg & Dinu Lipatti (29:00)
  2. 4–6 Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11, CT. 47 - Frédéric Chopin & Dinu Lipatti (37:00)
  3. 5 Etude for piano No. 17 in E minor, Op. 25/5, CT.30 - Frédéric Chopin & Dinu Lipatti (3:10)
  4. 6 Etude for piano No. 5 in G flat major, Op. 10/5, CT. 18 - Frédéric Chopin & Dinu Lipatti (1:40)
Disc 6
  1. 1–3 Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 1 in D minor, BWV 1052 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Dinu Lipatti (24:04)
  2. 4–7 Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S. 124 (LW H4) - Franz Liszt & Dinu Lipatti (19:41)
  3. 8–10 Piano Concerto No. 3 in E major, Sz. 119, BB 127 (completed by Tibor Serly) - Béla Bartók & Dinu Lipatti (25:35)
Disc 7
  1. 1–6 Partita for keyboard No. 1 in B flat major, BWV 825 (BC L1) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Dinu Lipatti (17:50)
  2. 7–9 Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor, K. 310 (K. 300d) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Dinu Lipatti (14:39)
  3. 8 Impromptu for piano in G flat major, D. 899/3 (Op. 90/3) - Franz Schubert & Dinu Lipatti (5:00)
  4. 9 Impromptu for piano in E flat major, D. 899/2 (Op. 90/2) - Franz Schubert & Dinu Lipatti (4:12)
  5. 10 Waltz for piano No. 5 in A flat major, Op. 42, CT. 211 - Frédéric Chopin & Dinu Lipatti (3:27)
  6. 11 Waltz for piano No. 6 in D flat major ("Minute"), Op. 64/1, CT. 212 - Frédéric Chopin & Dinu Lipatti (1:35)
  7. 12 Waltz for piano No. 9 in A flat major ("L'adieu") Op. 69/1, CT. 215 - Frédéric Chopin & Dinu Lipatti (3:11)
  8. 13 Waltz for piano No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64/2, CT. 213 - Frédéric Chopin & Dinu Lipatti (1:52)
  9. 14 Waltz for piano No. 11 in G flat major, Op. 70/1, CT. 217 - Frédéric Chopin & Dinu Lipatti (1:23)
  10. 15 Waltz for piano No. 10 in B minor, Op. 69/2, CT. 216 - Frédéric Chopin & Dinu Lipatti (2:58)
  11. 16 Waltz for piano in E minor, KK IVa/15, CT. 222 (B. 56) - Frédéric Chopin & Dinu Lipatti (2:10)
  12. 17 Waltz for piano No. 3 in A minor, Op. 34/2, CT. 209 - Frédéric Chopin & Dinu Lipatti (3:25)
  13. 18 Waltz for piano No. 4 in F major, Op. 34/3, CT. 210 - Frédéric Chopin & Dinu Lipatti (1:56)
  14. 19 Waltz for piano No. 12 in F minor, Op. 70/2, CT. 218 - Frédéric Chopin & Dinu Lipatti (1:19)
  15. 20 Waltz for piano No. 13 in D flat major, Op. 70/3, CT. 219 - Frédéric Chopin & Dinu Lipatti (1:49)
  16. 21 Waltz for piano No. 8 in A flat major, Op. 64/3, CT. 214 - Frédéric Chopin & Dinu Lipatti (2:37)
  17. 22 Waltz for piano No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 18, CT. 207 - Frédéric Chopin & Dinu Lipatti (4:09)
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