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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Legacy of Dinu Lipatti


  • (01-06) Bach - Partita for keyboard No. 1 in B flat major, BWV 825
  • (07) Bach - Nun komm der Heiden Heiland, chorale prelude, BWV 599 (arr. Busoni)
  • (08) Bach - Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, chorale prelude, BWV 639 (arr. Busoni)
  • (09) Bach - Chorale: Jesu bleibet meine Freude (from Cantata BWV 147) (arr. Hess)
  • (10) Bach - Siciliana (from Sonata No. 2 for flute & harpsicord, BWV 1031) (arr. Kempff)
  • (11) Scarlatti - Sonata for keyboard in E major, K. 380 (L. 23) "Cortège"
  • (12) Scarlatti - Sonata for keyboard in D minor, K. 9 (L. 413) "Pastorale"
  • (13-15) Mozart - Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor, K. 310
  • (16) Schubert - Impromptu for piano in G flat major, D. 899 No. 3 (Op. 90 No. 3)
  • (17) Schubert - Impromptu for piano in E flat major, D. 899 No. 2 (Op. 90 No. 2)
  • (01-03) Schumann - Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54
  • (04-06) Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467
  • (01-03) Grieg - Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16
  • (04-06) Chopin - Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op.11
  • (01-04) Chopin - Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58, CT. 203
  • (05) Liszt - Années de pèlerinage II - Italie, S. 161: 5. Sonetto 104 del Petrarca
  • (06) Ravel - Miroirs: 4. Alborada del Gracioso
  • (07) Brahms - 16 Waltzes for piano 4 hands, Op. 39: Nos. 1, 2, 5, 6, 10, 14 & 15
  • (08-10) Enescu - Piano Sonata No. 3 in D major, Op. 24 No. 3
  • (01-14) Chopin - 14 Waltzes
  • (15) Chopin - Etude No. 17 in E minor, Op. 25 No. 5
  • (16) Chopin - Etude No. 5 in G flat major, Op. 10 No. 5
  • (17) Chopin - Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60
  • (18) Chopin - Nocturne No. 8 in D flat major, Op. 27 No. 2
  • (19) Chopin - Mazurka No. 32 in C sharp minor, Op. 50 No. 3

Dinu Lipatti, piano
Philharmonia Orchestra; Herbert von Karajan, conductor (Schumann Op. 54)
Lucerne Festival Orchestra; Herbert von Karajan, conductor (Mozart K. 467)
Philharmonia Orchestra; Alceo Galliera, conductor (Grieg Op. 16)
Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich; Otto Ackermann, conductor (Chopin Op. 11)
Nadia Boulanger, piano (Brahms Op. 39)

Date: 1937-1950
Label: EMI


Dinu Lipatti (1 April [O.S. 19 March] 1917 – 2 December 1950) was a Romanian classical pianist and composer whose career was cut short by his death from causes related to Hodgkin's disease at age 33. Lipatti's piano playing was, and is, widely appreciated for the absolute purity of his interpretations, at the service of which he used a masterful pianistic technique. He is particularly noted for his interpretations of Chopin, Mozart and Bach, and he also made recordings of Ravel, Liszt, Enescu, and the Schumann and Grieg piano concertos. His recording of Chopin's Waltzes has remained in print since its release and has long been a favorite of many classical music-lovers.


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  3. One of my top 3 pianists. (Sometimes he's in my top 1 :)). Once you hear his readings, you cannot unhear them anymore and anything else just falls short.

    1. I like Lipatti's playing, but I also have many other favourite pianists. I think they all have something different and interesting for us to appreciate. Of course there are pianists I can't stand, Pogorelich for example.

    2. I haven't really delved into Pogorelich yet. But there are other pianists I can't stand. Serkin for example – he just doesn't do anything for me. Or, late Horowitz.

      I do love early Horowitz, however, and I find his playing magnificent, and I think a lot has to do with the way piano was recorded in the early years, to which I think he's a perfect match. In later years, piano recordings lose some of that warmth and in combination with his bright sound, it all starts to sound brittle and grating. In my opinion, of course.

    3. I agree with you about Horowitz in 1970s. But late 1980s Horowitz and late 1970s Horowitz almost sound like different persons. He was much more mellow in his last years.

      About Serkin, I agree that he is nothing special. But maybe that is his special point? Pogorelich, on the contrary, is always too special for his own good. I feel he wants to be special, but in the end, the result is pretentious.