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Chopin, Enescu, Ravel, Liszt, Brahms / Dinu Lipatti


Release Date: 04/10/2001 
Label:  Emi Great Recordings Of The Century Catalog #: 67567   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Frédéric ChopinFranz LisztMaurice RavelGeorge Enescu,   ... 
Performer:  Dinu LipattiNadia Boulanger
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

What more can one possibly say about these classic, oft-reissued recordings, except to report on EMI's latest transfers? The contents of this release are identical to disc four of EMI's five-CD Lipatti anthology (CZS 7 67163 2), while the Chopin B minor Sonata and Liszt Sonetto del Petrarca No. 104 most recently appeared on APR (see my review of Dinu Lipatti: The complete 1947 UK Columbia recordings). The present transfer of the aforementioned Chopin work is the cleanest and least noisy of EMI's efforts. Although the scherzo's first notes still sound as if they're faded up in the mix, the slightly flat pitch in the Finale is now corrected. But APR produced a far superior transfer that boasts more presence, impact, and dynamic range. Both Read more EMI Liszt transfers rate about equal to each other, yet they also must yield to APR's superior sound. By contrast, Ravel's Alborada del Gracioso is free from previous surface blemishes and crackling distortion.


The Brahms Waltz selections with Nadia Boulanger sound as good as they ever have. But the 1943 broadcast of Enescu's vibrant and inventive Third Sonata is cleaned up to the point where the pianist's darting articulation in the opening movement loses its inherent bite. What's more, the piano's overtones are unduly smoothed out. So in order to obtain the best transfers of these performances, you have to buy this disc, the APR 1947 Lipatti reissue, and EMI's earlier incarnations. Isn't it time that either APR or EMI brought out an absolutely and systematically complete Lipatti edition, painstakingly remastered from scratch?
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
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 
Date of Recording: 03/1947 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 3, London 
Length: 24 Minutes 51 Secs. 
2.
Petrarca Sonnets (3) for Piano, S 158: no 2, Sonetto 104 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Dinu Lipatti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1839-46; Hungary 
Date of Recording: 09/24/1947 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 3, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 14 Secs. 
3.
Miroirs: Alborada del gracioso by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Dinu Lipatti (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; France 
Date of Recording: 04/17/1948 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 3, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 43 Secs. 
4.
Sonata for Piano in D major, Op. 24 no 3 by George Enescu
Performer:  Dinu Lipatti (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933-1935; Romania 
Date of Recording: 10/18/1943 
Venue:  Radio Berne, Switzerland 
Length: 19 Minutes 56 Secs. 
5.
Waltzes (16) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 39: no 1 in B major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Nadia Boulanger (Piano), Dinu Lipatti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/25/1937 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 8 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with Brahm's waltzes no 2, 5, 6, 10, 14 & 15. 
6.
Waltzes (16) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 39: no 5 in E major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Nadia Boulanger (Piano), Dinu Lipatti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/25/1937 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with Brahm's waltzes no 2, 1, 6, 10, 14 & 15. 
7.
Waltzes (16) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 39: no 6 in C sharp major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Nadia Boulanger (Piano), Dinu Lipatti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/25/1937 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with Brahm's waltzes no 2, 5, 1, 10, 14 & 15. 
8.
Waltzes (16) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 39: no 10 in G major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Dinu Lipatti (Piano), Nadia Boulanger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/25/1937 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with Brahm's waltzes no 2, 5, 6, 1, 14 & 15. 
9.
Waltzes (16) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 39: no 14 in G sharp minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Dinu Lipatti (Piano), Nadia Boulanger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/25/1937 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with Brahm's waltzes no 2, 5, 6, 10, 1 & 15. 
10.
Waltzes (16) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 39: no 15 in A flat major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Nadia Boulanger (Piano), Dinu Lipatti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/25/1937 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with Brahm's waltzes no 2, 5, 6, 10, 14 & 1. 
11.
Waltzes (16) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 39: no 2 in E major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Nadia Boulanger (Piano), Dinu Lipatti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/25/1937 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with Brahm's waltzes no 1, 5, 6, 10, 14 & 15. 

Sound Samples

Sonata for Piano No. 3 in B minor Op. 58 (2001 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro maestoso
Sonata for Piano No. 3 in B minor Op. 58 (2001 Digital Remaster): II. Scherzo (molto vivace)
Sonata for Piano No. 3 in B minor Op. 58 (2001 Digital Remaster): III. Largo
Sonata for Piano No. 3 in B minor Op. 58 (2001 Digital Remaster): IV. Finale (presto, ma non tanto)
Sonetto del Petrarca No.104 (2001 Digital Remaster)
Alborada del gracioso (Assez vif) (2001 Digital Remaster)
Waltzes Op.39: Nos. 1, 2, 5, 6, 10, 14, 15 (2001 Digital Remaster)
Piano Sonata No. 3 in D major Op. 25 (2001 Digital Remaster): I: Vivace con brio
Piano Sonata No. 3 in D major Op. 25 (2001 Digital Remaster): II: Andantino
Piano Sonata No. 3 in D major Op. 25 (2001 Digital Remaster): III: Allegro con spirito

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