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 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
Rank: 118658

Tracks

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

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