Dinu Lipatti

Biography

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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Biography

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
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Partita No. 1 in B flat BWV 825 (1999 Digital Remaster): Prelude
Partita No. 1 in B flat BWV 825 (1999 Digital Remaster): Allemande
Partita No. 1 in B flat BWV 825 (1999 Digital Remaster): Courante
Partita No. 1 in B flat BWV 825 (1999 Digital Remaster): Sarabande
Partita No. 1 in B flat BWV 825 (1999 Digital Remaster): Menuets I & II
Partita No. 1 in B flat BWV 825 (1999 Digital Remaster): Gigue
Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor K310/K300d (1999 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro maestoso
Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor K310/K300d (1999 Digital Remaster): II. Andante cantabile con espressione
Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor K310/K300d (1999 Digital Remaster): III. Presto
Piano Sonata No.3 in B minor Op.58 (2005 Digital Remaster): Allegro maestoso
Piano Sonata No.3 in B minor Op.58 (2005 Digital Remaster): Scherzo (Molto vivace)
Piano Sonata No.3 in B minor Op.58 (2005 Digital Remaster): Largo
Piano Sonata No.3 in B minor Op.58 (2005 Digital Remaster): Finale (Presto non tanto)
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
Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 54 (2002 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro affettuoso - Andante espressivo - Tempo 1 - Cadenza - Allegro molto
Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 54 (2002 Digital Remaster): II. Intermezzo (Andantino grazioso)
Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 54 (2002 Digital Remaster): III. Allegro vivace
Piano Concerto No.21 in C, K.467 (2002 Digital Remaster): I: Allegro maestoso (Cadenza:Dinu Lipatti)
Piano Concerto No.21 in C, K.467 (2002 Digital Remaster): II: Andante
Piano Concerto No.21 in C, K.467 (2002 Digital Remaster): III: Allegro vivace assai (Cadenza: Dinu Lipatti)
Piano Concerto in A minor Op.16 (2001 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro molto moderato
Piano Concerto in A minor Op.16 (2001 Digital Remaster): II. Adagio
Piano Concerto in A minor Op.16 (2001 Digital Remaster): III. Allegro moderato molto e marcato - Andante maestoso
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor Op. 11 (2005 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro maestoso
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor Op. 11 (2005 Digital Remaster): II. Romanze (Larghetto)
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor Op. 11 (2005 Digital Remaster): III. Rondo (Vivace)
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
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
Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K.467 (1988 - Remaster): I. Allegro maestoso
Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K.467 (1988 - Remaster): II. Andante
Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K.467 (1988 - Remaster): III. Allegro vivace assai
Piano Sonata No.3 in B minor Op.58 (2005 - Remaster): Allegro maestoso
Piano Sonata No.3 in B minor Op.58 (2005 - Remaster): Scherzo (Molto vivace)
Piano Sonata No.3 in B minor Op.58 (2005 - Remaster): Largo
Piano Sonata No.3 in B minor Op.58 (2005 - Remaster): Finale (Presto non tanto)
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor Op. 11 (2005 - Remaster): I. Allegro maestoso
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor Op. 11 (2005 - Remaster): II. Romanze (Larghetto)
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor Op. 11 (2005 - Remaster): III. Rondo (Vivace)
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
Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 54 (2002 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro affettuoso - Andante espressivo - Tempo 1 - Cadenza - Allegro molto
Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 54 (2002 Digital Remaster): II. Intermezzo (Andantino grazioso)
Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 54 (2002 Digital Remaster): III. Allegro vivace
Piano Concerto No.21 in C, K.467 (2002 Digital Remaster): I: Allegro maestoso (Cadenza:Dinu Lipatti)
Piano Concerto No.21 in C, K.467 (2002 Digital Remaster): II: Andante
Piano Concerto No.21 in C, K.467 (2002 Digital Remaster): III: Allegro vivace assai (Cadenza: Dinu Lipatti)
Piano Concerto in A minor Op.16 (2001 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro molto moderato
Piano Concerto in A minor Op.16 (2001 Digital Remaster): II. Adagio
Piano Concerto in A minor Op.16 (2001 Digital Remaster): III. Allegro moderato molto e marcato - Andante maestoso
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor Op. 11 (2001 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro maestoso risoluto
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor Op. 11 (2001 Digital Remaster): II. Romance (Larghetto)
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor Op. 11 (2001 Digital Remaster): III. Rondo (Vivace)
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)
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
Partita No. 1 in B flat BWV 825 (1999 Digital Remaster): Prelude
Partita No. 1 in B flat BWV 825 (1999 Digital Remaster): Allemande
Partita No. 1 in B flat BWV 825 (1999 Digital Remaster): Courante
Partita No. 1 in B flat BWV 825 (1999 Digital Remaster): Sarabande
Partita No. 1 in B flat BWV 825 (1999 Digital Remaster): Menuets I & II
Partita No. 1 in B flat BWV 825 (1999 Digital Remaster): Gigue