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Bach, Scarlatti, Chopin, Liszt, Brahms, Ravel: Piano Sonatas, Etc / Dinu Lipatti

Release Date: 03/10/2009 
Label:  Opus Kura   Catalog #: 2081   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachDomenico ScarlattiFrédéric ChopinFranz Liszt,   ... 
Performer:  Dinu Lipatti
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

DINU LIPATTI—COMPLETE PUBLISHED ABBEY ROAD SOLO RECORDINGS Dinu Lipatti (pn); Nadia Boulanger (pn) 1 OPUS KURA 2081, mono (74:07)

BACH Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring. CHOPIN Piano Sonata No. 3. Nocturne, op. 27/2. Waltz in A?, op. 34/1. Barcarolle in F?, Read more class="ARIAL12">op. 60. LISZT Années de pèlerinage, deuxième anné: Sonetto 104 del Petrarca. RAVEL Miroirs: Alborada del gracioso. SCARLATTI Sonatas: K 9; K 380. BRAHMS Waltzes, op. 39/1,2,5,6,10,14,15 1

Although this release duplicates material in EMI’s recently issued seven-CD box devoted to Lipatti, (see 32:4), those wishing to have some of the pianist’s best work while avoiding a large expenditure will find it in this release. All of the transfers here come from 78s, mostly English Columbia pressings. In most cases, all one hears is a soft hiss in the background, suggesting that some kind of noise suppression has been used. But it does not seem to have caused any loss of upper frequencies. In fact, the only flaw one might find bothersome is a hint of wow in parts of the Chopin sonata. Particularly interesting is the 1937 recording of the Brahms Waltzes, with 17-year-old Lipatti joining his composition teacher, Nadia Boulanger. The other items were recorded in 1947 and 1948, with the Chopin pieces perhaps comprising the prize of the lot. What distinguished Lipatti’s way with the composer was its freedom from excess, a prevailing “taste” that did not distort shape and was supported by virtuosic technical command. No wonder when Toscanini heard the pianist, he said it was the “finest Chopin playing” he’d ever encountered. The only complaint one might have with this release is Opus Kura’s practice of specifying content in microscopic print. It may work in some cases, but with recital material such as this, it becomes difficult to read. The main issue, of course, is that those wanting a single disc of Lipatti at his best will find it in this release.

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Works on This Recording

Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Jesu bleibet meine Freude "Jesu, joy of man's desiring" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Dinu Lipatti (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
Sonata for Harpsichord in E major, K 380/L 23 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Dinu Lipatti (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor, K 9/L 413 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Dinu Lipatti (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1738 
Sonata for Piano no 3 in B minor, B 155/Op. 58 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Dinu Lipatti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Paris, France 
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 27: no 2 in D flat major, B 96 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Dinu Lipatti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34: no 1 in A flat major, B 94 "Valse brillante" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Dinu Lipatti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Barcarolle for Piano in F sharp major, B 158/Op. 60 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Dinu Lipatti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Paris, France 
Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, S 161 "Italie": no 5, Sonetto 104 del Petrarca by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Dinu Lipatti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1849; Weimar, Germany 
Waltzes (16) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 39 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Dinu Lipatti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Austria 
Miroirs: Alborada del gracioso by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Dinu Lipatti (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; France 

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