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Besançon Recital, 1950 / Dinu Lipatti


Release Date: 03/23/2004 
Label:  Emi Great Artists Of The Century Catalog #: 62820   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Frédéric ChopinFranz SchubertWolfgang Amadeus MozartJohann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Dinu Lipatti
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

This recital stands as one of the great musical and human statements, a testimony to Lipatti's transcendental powers, an almost frightening assertion of mind over matter.

Apart from the two Schubert Impromptus, the programme of Lipatti's last recital consisted of works he'd recorded only some ten weeks earlier for EMI, in a Geneva studio, while enjoying a miraculous cortisone-wrought new lease of life. However, when honouring this Besancon Festival engagement on September 16th, 1950, very much against the advice of his doctors, leukaemia had once more gained the upper hand. Less than three months later he was dead, still only 33.

As those of us who have long cherished the original LPs already know, the
Read more only evidence of weakness was the omission of the last of the concluding Chopin Waltzes (in his own favoured sequence, that in A flat, Op. 34 No. 2). For the rest, the recital stands as ''one of the great musical and human statements, a testimony to his [Lipatti's] transcendental powers, an almost frightening assertion of mind over matter'' as BM puts it in his sympathetic introductory note. Yet again I marvelled at the clarity of articulation and part-playing in the Bach Partita, at once so attentive to craftsmanly cunning yet so arrestingly unpedagogic and alive. For Mozart he finds a wonderfully translucent sound-world, rich in subtleties of colouring—not least in the slow movement's laden song. And as in the two Schubert Impromptus, the musical message is all the more affecting for its totally selfless simplicity and purity of expression. Even if just one or two of the Waltzes might be thought too fast, with over-swift internal tempo change for contrasting episodes, his gossamer lightness of touch and mercurial imaginative fancy explain why his way with them to quote BM again, has now acquired ''legendary status''.

My only small regret is that this most excellently remastered CD deprives us of the endearingly spontaneous extended arpeggio with which Lipatti prefaced the opening Partita, as if in greeting to his instrument, and likewise the improvisatory modulation with which he carried his Besancon listeners from Bach's B flat major to Mozart's A minor.

-- Joan Chissell, Gramophone [12/1994, reviewing EMI 65166]
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Works on This Recording

1. 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: 09/16/1950 
Venue:  Live  Parliament Hall, Besançon, France 
2. Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 899/Op. 90: no 3 in G flat major by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Dinu Lipatti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/16/1950 
Venue:  Live  Parliament Hall, Besançon, France 
3. Sonata for Piano no 8 in A minor, K 310 (300d) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Dinu Lipatti (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 09/16/1950 
Venue:  Live  Parliament Hall, Besançon, France 
4. Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 899/Op. 90: no 2 in E flat major by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Dinu Lipatti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/16/1950 
Venue:  Live  Parliament Hall, Besançon, France 
5. Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Dinu Lipatti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 09/16/1950 
Venue:  Live  Parliament Hall, Besançon, France 
6. Waltzes (2) for Piano, Op. 69 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Dinu Lipatti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1835 
Date of Recording: 09/16/1950 
Venue:  Live  Parliament Hall, Besançon, France 
7. Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 70 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Dinu Lipatti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1841 
Date of Recording: 09/16/1950 
Venue:  Live  Parliament Hall, Besançon, France 
8. 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: 09/16/1950 
Venue:  Live  Parliament Hall, Besançon, France 
9. 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: 09/16/1950 
Venue:  Live  Parliament Hall, Besançon, France 
10. 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: 09/16/1950 
Venue:  Live  Parliament Hall, Besançon, France 
11. Waltz for Piano in E minor, B 56 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Dinu Lipatti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
Date of Recording: 09/16/1950 
Venue:  Live  Parliament Hall, Besançon, France 
12. Partita for Keyboard no 1 in B flat major, BWV 825 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Dinu Lipatti (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/16/1950 
Venue:  Live  Parliament Hall, Besançon, France 

Sound Samples

Partita No.1 in B flat major, BWV 825 (2004 Digital Remaster): I Praeludium
Partita No.1 in B flat major, BWV 825 (2004 Digital Remaster): II Allemande
Partita No.1 in B flat major, BWV 825 (2004 Digital Remaster): III Courante
Partita No.1 in B flat major, BWV 825 (2004 Digital Remaster): IV Sarabande
Partita No.1 in B flat major, BWV 825 (2004 Digital Remaster): V Menuett I & II
Partita No.1 in B flat major, BWV 825 (2004 Digital Remaster): VI Gigue
Sonata for Keyboard No.8 in A minor K310/K300d (2004 Digital Remaster): Allegro maestoso
Sonata for Keyboard No.8 in A minor K310/K300d (2004 Digital Remaster): Andante cantabile con espressione
Sonata for Keyboard No.8 in A minor K310/K300d (2004 Digital Remaster): Presto
Impromptus, D.899 (2004 Digital Remaster): No.3 in G flat
Impromptus, D.899 (2004 Digital Remaster): No.2 in E flat
Waltzes (2004 Digital Remaster): No. 5 in A flat Op. 42
Waltzes (2004 Digital Remaster): No. 6 in D flat Op. 64 No. 1
Waltzes (2004 Digital Remaster): No. 9 in A flat Op. 69 No. 1
Waltzes (2004 Digital Remaster): No. 7 in C sharp minor Op. 64 No. 2
Waltzes (2004 Digital Remaster): No. 11 in G flat Op. 70 No. 1
Waltzes (2004 Digital Remaster): No. 10 in B minor Op. 69 No. 2
Waltzes (2004 Digital Remaster): No. 14 in E minor Op. posth.
Waltzes (2004 Digital Remaster): No. 3 in A minor Op. 34 No. 2
Waltzes (2004 Digital Remaster): No. 4 in F Op. 34 No. 3
Waltzes (2004 Digital Remaster): No. 12 in F minor Op. 70 No. 2
Waltzes (2004 Digital Remaster): No. 13 in D flat Op. 70 No. 3
Waltzes (2004 Digital Remaster): No. 8 in A flat Op. 64 No. 3
Waltzes (2004 Digital Remaster): No. 1 in E flat Op. 18

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