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Chopin: 14 Waltzes, Barcarolle, Etc / Dinu Lipatti


Release Date: 01/12/1999 
Label:  Emi Great Recordings Of The Century Catalog #: 66956   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Dinu Lipatti
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

By general acclamation, this is the finest recording of the Chopin Waltzes ever made. The Barcarolle has garnered similar plaudits. Dinu Lipatti had a brief, incandescent career cut short by disease. He brought to Chopin a searching intellect allied with an infallible sense of rhythm and a technique utterly at the service of his musical ideals.
One could continue to throw adjectives at Lipatti's playing without ever capturing the feeling of "rightness" that permeates it. His audiences were moved by something they felt as spiritual. Perhaps the ultimate compliment would be that he makes Chopin live again--we see the composer exalted through the transparent medium of Lipatti's re-creation.
The vintage 1950 mono sound is quite good.
Read more The producer for these sessions was the immortal Walter Legge, whose own high opinion of Lipatti is summed up thus, "God lent the world His chosen instrument, whom we called Dinu Lipatti, for too brief a space." Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Waltz for Piano in E flat major, B 62/Op. 18 "Grande valse brillante" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Dinu Lipatti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Poland 
Date of Recording: 07/1950 
Venue:  Studio 2, Radio Geneva, Switzerland 
Length: 4 Minutes 38 Secs. 
2. 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 
Date of Recording: 04/21/1948 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 3, London 
Length: 8 Minutes 30 Secs. 
3. 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 
Date of Recording: 02/20/1947 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 3, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 44 Secs. 
4. Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 145/Op. 50: no 3 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Dinu Lipatti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 07/1950 
Venue:  Studio 2, Radio Geneva, Switzerland 
Length: 4 Minutes 23 Secs. 
5. 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 
Date of Recording: 07/1950 
Venue:  Studio 3, Radio Geneva, Switzerland 
Length: 4 Minutes 31 Secs. 
6. Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34: no 2 in A minor, B 64 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Dinu Lipatti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Poland 
Date of Recording: 07/1950 
Venue:  Studio 3, Radio Geneva, Switzerland 
Length: 4 Minutes 51 Secs. 
7. Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34: no 3 in F major, B 118 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Dinu Lipatti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 07/1950 
Venue:  Studio 3, Radio Geneva, Switzerland 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
8. Waltz for Piano in A flat major, B 131/Op. 42 "Grande Valse" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Dinu Lipatti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 07/1950 
Venue:  Studio 3, Radio Geneva, Switzerland 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
9. Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64: no 1 in D flat major "Minute Waltz" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Dinu Lipatti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 07/1950 
Venue:  Studio 3, Radio Geneva, Switzerland 
Length: 1 Minutes 46 Secs. 
10. Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64: no 2 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Dinu Lipatti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 07/1950 
Venue:  Studio 3, Radio Geneva, Switzerland 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
11. Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64: no 3 in A flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Dinu Lipatti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 07/1950 
Venue:  Studio 3, Radio Geneva, Switzerland 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
12. Waltzes (2) for Piano, Op. 69: no 1 in A flat major, B 95 "L'adieu" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Dinu Lipatti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 07/1950 
Venue:  Studio 3, Radio Geneva, Switzerland 
Length: 4 Minutes 27 Secs. 
13. Waltzes (2) for Piano, Op. 69: no 2 in B minor, B 35 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Dinu Lipatti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Poland 
Date of Recording: 07/1950 
Venue:  Studio 3, Radio Geneva, Switzerland 
Length: 3 Minutes 34 Secs. 
14. Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 70: no 1 in G flat major, B 92 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Dinu Lipatti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 07/1950 
Venue:  Studio 3, Radio Geneva, Switzerland 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
15. Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 70: no 2 in F minor, B 138 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Dinu Lipatti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 07/1950 
Venue:  Studio 3, Radio Geneva, Switzerland 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
16. Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 70: no 3 in D flat major, B 40 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Dinu Lipatti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Poland 
Date of Recording: 07/1950 
Venue:  Studio 3, Radio Geneva, Switzerland 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
17. Waltz for Piano in E minor, B 56 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Dinu Lipatti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
Date of Recording: 07/1950 
Venue:  Studio 3, Radio Geneva, Switzerland 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Waltzes (1997 Digital Remaster): No. 4 in F major, Op. 34/3
Waltzes (1997 Digital Remaster): No. 5 in A flat major, Op. 42
Waltzes (1997 Digital Remaster): No. 6 in D flat major, Op. 64/1 (Minute)
Waltzes (1997 Digital Remaster): No. 9 in A flat major, Op. 69/1
Waltzes (1997 Digital Remaster): No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64/2
Waltzes (1997 Digital Remaster): No. 11 in G flat major, Op. 70/1
Waltzes (1997 Digital Remaster): No. 10 in B minor, Op. 69/2
Waltzes (1997 Digital Remaster): No. 14 in E minor, Op. posth.
Waltzes (1997 Digital Remaster): No. 3 in A minor, Op. 34/2
Waltzes (1997 Digital Remaster): No. 8 in A flat major, Op. 64/3
Waltzes (1997 Digital Remaster): No. 12 in F minor, Op. 70/2
Waltzes (1997 Digital Remaster): No. 13 in D flat major, Op. 70/3
Waltzes (1997 Digital Remaster): No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 18
Waltzes (1997 Digital Remaster): No. 2 in A flat major, Op. 34/1
Barcarolle in F sharp major Op. 60 (1997 Digital Remaster)
Nocturne in D flat major, Op. 27/2 (1997 Digital Remaster)
Mazurka in C sharp minor, Op. 50/3 (1997 Digital Remaster)

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