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Bach-busoni, Liszt, Bartók: Piano Concertos / Lipatti, Et Al


Release Date: 03/13/2001 
Label:  Emi Classics Références Catalog #: 67572   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachFranz LisztBéla Bartók
Performer:  Dinu Lipatti
Conductor:  Eduard Van BeinumErnest AnsermetPaul Sacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw OrchestraSuisse Romande OrchestraSouthwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Appearing for the first time under EMI's "official" auspices, these live Dinu Lipatti concerto broadcasts add three major works to the short-lived pianist's recorded repertoire. Some collectors undoubtedly know this material from at least three independent label releases. I reviewed two of these discs for Classicstoday.com, and my comments on the performances themselves still stand (type Q196 and Q694 in Search Reviews). Consumers, however, will want to know how EMI's transfers compare to what's been out before. In the case of the Bach-Busoni D minor Concerto, EMI wins, hands down. The ambience is less reverberant, the strings have more bite and definition, and the piano is less muffled. While EMI offers a clean equalization of Read more the Liszt Concerto, the original Archiphon release, though noisier, has a little more bass. Not that it really matters, given the original aircheck's sonic grunge. In the Bartok Third, however, EMI retains more surface noise from the original lacquers than transfers on Urania and Tahra do, but the sound is brighter on top. This magnifies the orchestra's drawbacks yet makes Lipatti's eloquent pianism sound all the more colorful and incisive. A must for fans of historic piano recordings and Lipatti admirers alike.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Harpsichord in D minor, BWV 1052 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Dinu Lipatti (Piano)
Conductor:  Eduard Van Beinum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/02/1947 
Venue:  Live  Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 24 Minutes 5 Secs. 
2. Concerto for Piano no 1 in E flat major, S 124 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Dinu Lipatti (Piano)
Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849/1856; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/06/1947 
Venue:  Live  Geneva, Switzerland 
Length: 19 Minutes 23 Secs. 
3. Concerto for Piano no 3, Sz 119 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Dinu Lipatti (Piano)
Conductor:  Paul Sacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/30/1948 
Venue:  Live  Baden-Baden, Germany 
Length: 25 Minutes 35 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV 1052 (2001 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro maestoso risoluto
Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV 1052 (2001 Digital Remaster): II. Romanze (Larghetto)
Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV 1052 (2001 Digital Remaster): III. Rondo (Vivace)
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major S124 (2001 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro maestoso
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major S124 (2001 Digital Remaster): II. Quasi adagio
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major S124 (2001 Digital Remaster): III. Allegretto vivace - Allegro animato
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major S124 (2001 Digital Remaster): IV. Allegro marziale animato
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3 Sz119 (2001 Digital Remaster): I. Allegretto
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3 Sz119 (2001 Digital Remaster): II. Adagio religioso
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3 Sz119 (2001 Digital Remaster): III. Allegro vivace

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