The entire legacy of a great pianist who died very young
Santa Fe Listener | Santa Fe, NM USA | 11/14/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Of the postwar artists who died tragiclaly young (Kathleen Ferrier, William Kapell, Guido Cantelli), the very youngest was Dinu Lipatti, who succumbed to leukemia at 33 in 1950. In death he has become as romantic a figure as any Dumas herione, his memory all the more elusive because of his angelic temperament and very truncated dsicography. Lipatti was a musician's musician, his style being refined, precise, and aristocratic. EMI owns all his commerical recordings, so far as I know, which are gathered here as one of their "Icons."
The series is admirable as an omnium gatherum, making it easy with one purchase to get everything the selected artist has done on EMI. Because of his lasting fame, not much of Lipatti has stayed out of print for long, and the extras found here (e.g., Liszt Cto. #1 and Bartok Cto. #3) are dim radio broadcasts. The actual studio work easily fits on 5 or 6 CDs -- even then we get duplicaitons of Lipatti's definitive LP of Chopin Waltzes (about which I am in the minority, finding each waltz too uniformly fleet and aloof).
In any event, the price at Amazon Marketplace is very cheap, so if you don't know Lipatti's art and can abide mono recordings from the immediate postwar years (never a pleasure on the ear), it's wonderful that he hasn't been forgotten.
Here's the complete program for the 7 CD set:
Bach, J S:
Partita No. 1 in B flat major, BWV825
Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV1052
Piano Concerto No. 3, BB 127, Sz. 119
Waltz, Op. 39 No. 1 in B major
Waltz, Op. 39 No. 2 in E major
Waltz, Op. 39 No. 5 in E major
Waltz, Op. 39 No. 6 in C sharp major
Waltz, Op. 39 No. 10 in G major
Waltz, Op. 39 No. 14 in A minor
Waltz, Op. 39 No. 15 in A flat major
Nocturne No. 8 in D flat major, Op. 27 No. 2
Waltzes Nos. 1-14
Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11
Piano Sonata No. 3 in D major, Op. 24/3
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16
Petrarch Sonnet No. 104 Années de Pèlerinage: Deuxième année, Italie, S161/5
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124
Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor, K310
Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K467 'Elvira Madigan'
Alborada del gracioso (Miroirs No. 4)
Keyboard Sonata K380 in E major
Keyboard Sonata K9 in D minor
Impromptu in E flat major, D899 No. 2
Impromptu in G flat major, D899 No. 3
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54
Exceptional Dinu Lipatti
Luiz A. A. Fagundes | Porto Alegre, Brazil | 04/13/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If one had to choose the music of just one pianist,it would the music of Dinu Lipatti.To hear Dinu Lipatti is the closest thing to hear Chopin himself."