Dinu Lipatti


Born: March 19, 1917; Bucharest, Romania   Died: December 2, 1950; Geneva, Switzerland  
Dinu Lipatti is regarded as a legend among twentieth century pianists. Alfred Cortot thought Lipatti's playing "perfection," while Clara Haskil once wrote to him, "How I envy your talent. The devil take it. Why must you have so much talent and I so little? Is this justice on earth?" Was it justice that such a talented musician had such a short life? Both Lipatti's parents were musicians: his father was a violinist who had studied with Sarasate Read more and Flesch, his mother a pianist. They, and Lipatti's godfather Georges Enescu, nurtured his talents early. Lipatti attended the Bucharest Conservatory, working with Floria Musicescu from 1928 to 1932. Cortot was one of the judges at the 1934 Vienna International Piano Competition, where Lipatti was awarded second prize. Cortot, who thought Lipatti should have won first prize, resigned from the jury and took Lipatti to Paris to study with him and his assistant Yvonne Lefébure. Lipatti also studied conducting with Charles Münch and composition with Nadia Boulanger and Paul Dukas. Lipatti recitals and concerts in Paris in the late 1930s secured his reputation as a performer. He was known for his self-discipline and thoroughness, taking years to learn a concerto before performing it in public. Those who heard him play assumed that either he had studied the music with a composer's eye or he instinctively knew how to make whatever he played sound so obviously what the composer intended, whether it was Bach or Schubert or Ravel. He returned to Bucharest in 1939 to spend the war years teaching, composing, and writing criticism. Just before the end of the war, he was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. His illness was relieved somewhat by new medicines in 1946, enough for him to make recordings for Columbia at his home in Geneva. He took a post teaching at the Geneva Conservatory in 1949 and also recorded the Schumann Piano Concerto with Herbert von Karajan in London. The next year, however, he had to cancel tours of Australia and North and South America and cut back his European performance engagements. Just three months before his death at the age of 33, he gave one last recital in Besançon, fortunately recorded for posterity, his playing still unsurpassed despite his illness. Read less
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  • 1.
    Karajan And His Soloists, Vol. 1 (1948-1958)
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 633625 Release Date: 04/08/2014   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Dinu Lipatti,  Walter Gieseking,  Dennis Brain,  Bernard Walton  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Lucerne Festival Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 2.
    Best Chopin 50
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 31666 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich,  Ingrid Fliter,  Dmitri Alexeev,  Dinu Lipatti  ... 
    Conductor:  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski,  Paul Kletzki,  Charles Dutoit,  Jerzy Maksymiuk
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Society of the Conservatory Concerts Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Montreal Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    A Century Of Romantic Chopin
    Label: Marston   Catalog: 54001 Release Date: 08/19/2010   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Moritz Rosenthal,  Alfred Cortot,  Rosita Renard,  Sydney Foster  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
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    Best Chopin 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 58513 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson,  Danielle Laval,  Teresa Llacuna,  Daniel Barenboim  ... 
    Conductor:  Jerzy Maksymiuk,  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski,  Charles Dutoit,  Paul Kletzki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra,  Society of the Conservatory Concerts Orchestra,  Montreal Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Beethoven, Brahms, Bach, Grieg, Etc: Piano Concertos
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 9007 Release Date: 04/28/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Sviatoslav Richter,  Hubert Salwarowski,  Walter Gieseking  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling,  Volker Hartung,  Herbert von Karajan,  Günter Wand  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR Radio/TV Large Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Bach, Scarlatti, Chopin, Liszt, Brahms, Ravel: Piano Sonatas, Etc / Dinu Lipatti
    Label: Opus Kura   Catalog: 2081 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Dinu Lipatti
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  • 7.
    Dinu Lipatti - The Master Pianist
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 07318 Release Date: 09/02/2008   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Schubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Dinu Lipatti
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    Mozart, Chopin, Schumann, Grieg: Piano Concertos / Dino Lipatti
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 359 Release Date: 07/29/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Dinu Lipatti
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Alceo Galliera
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lucerne Festival Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Enescu: Violin Sonatas, Suites; Lipatti: Piano Works / Enescu, Lipatti
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 426100 Release Date: 02/06/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Dinu Lipatti,  George Enescu
    Performer:  Dinu Lipatti,  George Enescu
    Conductor:  George Enescu,  Hans von Benda
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bucharest Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Chamber Orchestra
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    Schumann: Piano Concerto; Beethoven / Lipatti, Haskil
    Label: London/Decca Historic Series   Catalog: 425968 Release Date: 11/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Dinu Lipatti,  Clara Haskil
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Carlo Zecchi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 11.
    Brahms Lieder 1926-1950 Vol 6
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 40006 Release Date: 04/27/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann,  Karl Schmitt-Walter,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Hugues Cuénod  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
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  • 12.
    Chopin - Solo Piano Vol 1
    Label: Andante   Catalog: 1150 Release Date: 04/20/2004   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Alfred Cortot,  Ferruccio Busoni,  Ignaz Friedman,  Artur Rubinstein  ... 
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  • 13.
    Besançon Recital, 1950 / Dinu Lipatti
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 62820 Release Date: 03/23/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Schubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Dinu Lipatti
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  • 14.
    Debussy, Ravel, Et Al / Van Beinum, Concertgebouw Orchestra
    Label: Andante   Catalog: 4060 Release Date: 04/08/2003   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg,  Franz Schubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Dinu Lipatti,  Solomon,  Zino Francescatti  ... 
    Conductor:  Eduard Van Beinum
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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