Icon: Dinu Lipatti

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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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/02/2008
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
5099920731823
catalogNumber:
07318

Tracks

  1. Partita for keyboard No. 1 in B flat major, BWV 825 (BC L1)  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Dinu Lipatti
  2. Nun komm der Heiden Heiland (I), chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein No. 1), BWV 599 (BC K28)  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Dinu Lipatti  - Ferruccio Busoni
  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  - Ferruccio Busoni
  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
  5. Sonata for flute & keyboard in E flat major, BWV 1031: Siciliana  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Dinu Lipatti
  6. Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor, K. 310 (K. 300d)  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Dinu Lipatti
  7. Sonata for keyboard in E major, K. 380 (L. 23) "Cortège"  - Domenico Scarlatti  - Dinu Lipatti
  8. Sonata for keyboard in D minor, K. 9 (L. 413), "Pastorale"  - Domenico Scarlatti  - Dinu Lipatti
  9. Nocturne for piano No. 8 in D flat major, Op. 27/2, CT. 115  - Frédéric Chopin  - Dinu Lipatti
  10. Waltz for piano No. 4 in F major, Op. 34/3, CT. 210  - Frédéric Chopin  - Dinu Lipatti
  11. Waltz for piano No. 5 in A flat major, Op. 42, CT. 211  - Frédéric Chopin  - Dinu Lipatti
  12. Waltz for piano No. 6 in D flat major ("Minute"), Op. 64/1, CT. 212  - Frédéric Chopin  - Dinu Lipatti
  13. Waltz for piano No. 9 in A flat major ("L'adieu") Op. 69/1, CT. 215  - Frédéric Chopin  - Dinu Lipatti
  14. Waltz for piano No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64/2, CT. 213  - Frédéric Chopin  - Dinu Lipatti
  15. Waltz for piano No. 11 in G flat major, Op. 70/1, CT. 217  - Frédéric Chopin  - Dinu Lipatti
  16. Waltz for piano No. 10 in B minor, Op. 69/2, CT. 216  - Frédéric Chopin  - Dinu Lipatti
  17. Waltz for piano in E minor, KK IVa/15, CT. 222 (B. 56)  - Frédéric Chopin  - Dinu Lipatti
  18. Waltz for piano No. 3 in A minor, Op. 34/2, CT. 209  - Frédéric Chopin  - Dinu Lipatti
  19. Waltz for piano No. 8 in A flat major, Op. 64/3, CT. 214  - Frédéric Chopin  - Dinu Lipatti
  20. Waltz for piano No. 12 in F minor, Op. 70/2, CT. 218  - Frédéric Chopin  - Dinu Lipatti
  21. Waltz for piano No. 13 in D flat major, Op. 70/3, CT. 219  - Frédéric Chopin  - Dinu Lipatti
  22. Waltz for piano No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 18, CT. 207  - Frédéric Chopin  - Dinu Lipatti
  23. Waltz for piano No. 2 in A flat major, Op. 34/1, CT. 208  - Frédéric Chopin  - Dinu Lipatti
  24. Mazurka for piano No. 32 in C sharp minor, Op. 50/3, CT. 82  - Frédéric Chopin  - Dinu Lipatti
  25. Barcarolle for piano in F sharp major, Op. 60, CT. 6  - Frédéric Chopin  - Dinu Lipatti
  26. Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58, CT. 203  - Frédéric Chopin  - Dinu Lipatti
  27. Sonetto del Petrarca No. 104 (Pace non trovo; II) for piano (Années II/5), S. 161/5 (LW A55/5)  - Franz Liszt  - Dinu Lipatti
  28. Alborada del Gracioso, for orchestra  - Maurice Ravel  - Dinu Lipatti
  29. Waltzes (16) for piano, 4 hands (or piano), Op. 39: No. 1 / No. 2 / No. 5 / No. 6 / No. 10 / No. 14 /  - Johannes Brahms  - Dinu Lipatti
  30. Piano Sonata No. 3 in D major, Op. 24/3  - George Enescu  - Dinu Lipatti
  31. Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54  - Robert Schumann  - Dinu Lipatti  - Herbert von Karajan  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  32. Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major ("Elvira Madigan") K. 467  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Dinu Lipatti  - Dinu Lipatti  - Herbert von Karajan  -  Lucerne Festival Orchestra
  33. Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16  - Edvard Grieg  - Dinu Lipatti  - Alceo Galliera  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  34. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11, CT. 47  - Frédéric Chopin  - Dinu Lipatti  - Otto Ackermann  -  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
  35. Etude for piano No. 17 in E minor, Op. 25/5, CT.30  - Frédéric Chopin  - Dinu Lipatti  - Otto Ackermann  -  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
  36. Etude for piano No. 5 in G flat major, Op. 10/5, CT. 18  - Frédéric Chopin  - Dinu Lipatti  - Otto Ackermann  -  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
  37. Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 1 in D minor, BWV 1052  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Dinu Lipatti  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  - Eduard Van Beinum
  38. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S. 124 (LW H4)  - Franz Liszt  - Dinu Lipatti  - Ernest Ansermet  -  L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
  39. Piano Concerto No. 3 in E major, Sz. 119, BB 127 (completed by Tibor Serly)  - Béla Bartók  - Dinu Lipatti  - Paul Sacher  -  Südwestfunk-Sinfonieorchester
  40. Partita for keyboard No. 1 in B flat major, BWV 825 (BC L1)  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Dinu Lipatti
  41. Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor, K. 310 (K. 300d)  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Dinu Lipatti
  42. Impromptu for piano in G flat major, D. 899/3 (Op. 90/3)  - Franz Schubert  - Dinu Lipatti
  43. Impromptu for piano in E flat major, D. 899/2 (Op. 90/2)  - Franz Schubert  - Dinu Lipatti
  44. Waltz for piano No. 5 in A flat major, Op. 42, CT. 211  - Frédéric Chopin  - Dinu Lipatti
  45. Waltz for piano No. 6 in D flat major ("Minute"), Op. 64/1, CT. 212  - Frédéric Chopin  - Dinu Lipatti
  46. Waltz for piano No. 9 in A flat major ("L'adieu") Op. 69/1, CT. 215  - Frédéric Chopin  - Dinu Lipatti
  47. Waltz for piano No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64/2, CT. 213  - Frédéric Chopin  - Dinu Lipatti
  48. Waltz for piano No. 11 in G flat major, Op. 70/1, CT. 217  - Frédéric Chopin  - Dinu Lipatti
  49. Waltz for piano No. 10 in B minor, Op. 69/2, CT. 216  - Frédéric Chopin  - Dinu Lipatti
  50. Waltz for piano in E minor, KK IVa/15, CT. 222 (B. 56)  - Frédéric Chopin  - Dinu Lipatti
  51. Waltz for piano No. 3 in A minor, Op. 34/2, CT. 209  - Frédéric Chopin  - Dinu Lipatti
  52. Waltz for piano No. 4 in F major, Op. 34/3, CT. 210  - Frédéric Chopin  - Dinu Lipatti
  53. Waltz for piano No. 12 in F minor, Op. 70/2, CT. 218  - Frédéric Chopin  - Dinu Lipatti
  54. Waltz for piano No. 13 in D flat major, Op. 70/3, CT. 219  - Frédéric Chopin  - Dinu Lipatti
  55. Waltz for piano No. 8 in A flat major, Op. 64/3, CT. 214  - Frédéric Chopin  - Dinu Lipatti
  56. Waltz for piano No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 18, CT. 207  - Frédéric Chopin  - Dinu Lipatti

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