Dinu Lipatti: The Last Recital

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Dinu Lipatti: The Last Recital

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Naxos

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8111366
(8.111366)

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1

Release date:

28th Feb 2011

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0747313336623

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77 minutes

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Dinu Lipatti: The Last Recital

Besançon, 16th September 1950


Bach, J S:

Partita No. 1 in B flat major, BWV825

Chopin:

Waltz No. 5 in A flat major, Op. 42

Waltz No. 6 in D flat major, Op. 64 No. 1 'Minute Waltz'

Waltz No. 9 in A flat major, Op. 69 No. 1 'Farewell Waltz'

Waltz No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64 No. 2

Waltz No. 11 in G flat major, Op. 70 No. 1

Waltz No. 10 in B minor, Op. 69 No. 2

Waltz No. 14 in E minor, Op. post., KKIVa:15, B 56

Waltz No. 3 in A minor 'Grande Valse Brillante', Op. 34 No. 2

Waltz No. 4 in F major 'Grande Valse Brillante', Op. 34 No. 3

Waltz No. 12 in F minor, Op. 70 No. 2

Waltz No. 13 in D flat major, Op. 70 No. 3

Waltz No. 8 in A flat major, Op. 64 No. 3

Waltz No. 1 in E flat major 'Grande Valse Brillante', Op. 18

Mozart:

Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor, K310

Schubert:

Impromptu in E flat major, D899 No. 2

Impromptu in G flat major, D899 No. 3


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It is not surprising that Lipatti achieved cult status in the years following his death at the age of 33. He was an extremely sensitive musician and a man whose approach to the piano was one of utter fastidiousness, always striving for perfection in every aspect of his interpretation and performance. Throughout this Besançon recital there is a clarity of sound, evenness of attack and scrupulous attention to gradation of dynamics, characteristic hallmarks of Lipatti’s playing. The fourteen Chopin Waltzes are played in the order that Lipatti chose for performance but, according to his wife, he was too physically weak to play the last Waltz in A flat, Op. 34 No. 1, so it is included here from his commercial recording of a few months before.

Applause and arpeggios

Applause and arpeggios

Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita No. 1 in B flat major, BWV 825

I. Praeludium

II. Allemande

III. Corrente

IV. Sarabande

V. Menuet I-II

VI. Giga

Applause and arpeggios

Applause and arpeggios

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor, K. 310

I. Allegro maestoso

II. Andante cantabile con espressione

III. Presto

Franz Schubert: 4 Impromptus, Op. 90, D. 899

No. 3 in G flat major

No. 2 in E flat major

Fryderyk Chopin: Waltz No. 5 in A flat major, Op. 42

Waltz No. 5 in A flat major, Op. 42

Fryderyk Chopin: Waltz No. 6 in D flat major, Op. 64, No. 1, "Minute"

Waltz No. 6 in D flat major, Op. 64, No. 1, "Minute"

Fryderyk Chopin: Waltz No. 9 in A flat major, Op. 69, No. 1, "L'adieu"

Waltz No. 9 in A flat major, Op. 69, No. 1, "L'adieu"

Fryderyk Chopin: Waltz No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64, No. 2

Waltz No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64, No. 2

Fryderyk Chopin: Waltz No. 11 in G flat major, Op. 70, No. 1

Waltz No. 11 in G flat major, Op. 70, No. 1

Fryderyk Chopin: Waltz No. 10 in B minor, Op. 69, No. 2

Waltz No. 10 in B minor, Op. 69, No. 2

Fryderyk Chopin: Waltz No. 14 in E minor, Op. posth.

Waltz No. 14 in E minor, Op. posth.

Fryderyk Chopin: Waltz No. 3 in A minor, Op. 34, No. 2, "Valse brillante"

Waltz No. 3 in A minor, Op. 34, No. 2, "Valse brillante"

Fryderyk Chopin: Waltz No. 4 in F major, Op. 34, No. 3, "Valse brillante"

Waltz No. 4 in F major, Op. 34, No. 3, "Valse brillante"

Fryderyk Chopin: Waltz No. 12 in F minor, Op. 70, No. 2

Waltz No. 12 in F minor, Op. 70, No. 2

Fryderyk Chopin: Waltz No. 13 in D flat major, Op. 70, No. 3

Waltz No. 13 in D flat major, Op. 70, No. 3

Fryderyk Chopin: Waltz No. 8 in A flat major, Op. 64, No. 3

Waltz No. 8 in A flat major, Op. 64, No. 3

Fryderyk Chopin: Waltz No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 18, "Grande valse brillante"

Waltz No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 18, "Grande valse brillante"

Fryderyk Chopin: Waltz No. 2 in A flat major, Op. 34, No. 1, "Valse brillante"

Waltz No. 2 in A flat major, Op. 34, No. 1, "Valse brillante"

BBC Music Magazine

June 2011

*****

“Probably the most famous piano recital of the 20th century, beautifully re-mastered; if ever a release were self-recommending, this is it. Even near death, Lipatti's mastery was as imbued with radiant humanity as it was in its prime.”

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