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Playlist of Dinu Lipatti

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  • Dinu Lipatti plays Mozart Sonata in A Minor, K310, at his last recital

    14:32

    Dinu Lipatti's performance of Mozart's Sonata in A Minor, K310, at his last public recital, which took place at the Besancon International Music Festival on September 16, 1950. Included in this video are some photographs taken at the rehearsal in the Salle de Parlement that morning, as well as some pictures from the actual performance which were taken by Michel Meusy (who is at the time of this writing 102 years old). Also included is a previously unpublished picture of his hands which (along with all Besancon pictures) is featured in the upcoming documentary 'Le Recital de Besancon' on Sunless Films, directed by Philippe Roger.

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  • Chopin - 14 Waltzes & More + Presentation

    1:4:38

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    Frédéric François Chopin (1810-1849) - 14 Valses - Barcarolle - Nocturne n°8 - Mazurka n°32
    *Click to activate the English subtitles for the presentation* (00:00-04:57)
    Waltz #1 In E Flat, Op. 18, « Grande Valse Brillante » (00:00)
    Waltz #2 In A Flat, Op. 34/1, « Valse Brillante » (4:38)
    Waltz #3 In A Minor, Op. 34/2, « Grand Valse Brillante » (9:13)
    Waltz #4 In F, Op. 34/3, « Valse Brillante » (14:04)
    Waltz #5 In A Flat, Op. 42, « Two Four » (16:17)
    Waltz #6 In D Flat, Op. 64/1, « Minute » (20:00)
    Waltz #7 In C Sharp Minor, Op. 64/2 (21:46)
    Waltz #8 In A Flat, Op. 64/3 (24:54)
    Waltz #9 In A Flat, Op. 69/1, « L’Adieu » (27:50)
    Waltz #10 In B Minor, Op. 69/2 (32:18)
    Waltz #11 In G Flat, Op. 70/1 (35:52)
    Waltz #12 In F Minor, Op. 70/2 (37:48)
    Waltz #13 In D Flat, Op. 70/3 (40:33)
    Waltz #14 In E Minor, CT 222 (43:07)

    Barcarolle In F Sharp, Op. 60, B 158 (45:52)
    Nocturne #8 In D Flat, Op. 27/2, CT 115 (54:23)
    Mazurka #32 In C Sharp Minor, Op. 50/3, CT 82 (1:00:14)

    Piano : Dinu Lipatti
    Recorded in 1950, 1948 & 1947

    COMMENTAIRE COMPLET : VOIR PREMIER COMMENTAIRE.
    Constantin Lipatti, appelé depuis son plus jeune âge Dinu, est né en 1917 à Bucarest dans une famille de musiciens, d'une mère pianiste et d'un père violoniste. Le compositeur Georges Enesco accepte d'être son parrain. ll travaille le piano et la composition avec Mihail Jora pendant trois ans avant de rejoindre le Conservatoire de Bucarest, où il étudie auprès de Florica Musicescu.

    La mère de Dinu, Anna Lipatti, est une forte femme qui, balayant toutes les objections et bravant même l'opposition de son mari, a décidé d'emmener ses deux fils à Paris : elle y débarque au début d'août 1934 et, leur fortune aidant, s'installe dans un confortable appartement donnant sur un square, au 9 de la rue Saint-Romain.

    Anna Lipatti a une passion pour Dinu, et c'est pour lui et sa carrière, qu'elle a choisi Paris : Cortot, qui avait découvert Dinu au concours International de piano de Vienne, l'année précédente (il n'a pas caché sa colère que le trop jeune Roumain n'ait eu que le 2eme prix !), l'a invité à venir travailler avec lui. Anna va saisir cette chance.

    Dès la rentrée de 1934 elle inscrit son fils à l'Ecole Normale dans la classe de Cortot (qui le confie d'abord à sa répétitrice, Yvonne Lefébure) et dans celle de Paul Dukas pour la composition, ainsi que dans celle de Charles Munch pour la direction d'orchestre. Partout il stupéfie par ses dons, sa technique déjà très assurée, sa musicalité. Et aussi par sa simplicité, qu'il conservera toujours.

    Paul Dukas, après un premier trimestre, estime qu'il « n'a besoin que de produire pour acquérir, par des expériences personnelles, la pleine possession d'un talent presque formé »... et meurt brutalement quelques mois plus tard, le 17 mai 1935. Sa classe est aussitôt confiée à Nadia Boulanger, qui « hérite » ainsi de Lipatti — qu'elle poussera au premier rang après avoir découvert à son tour ses dons exceptionnels.

    Il naîtra entre ce nouveau Maître et ce nouvel élève une amitié à peu près unique, même si, au cours de sa très longue carrière, Nadia Boulanger a suscité des liens réciproques d'une rare profondeur avec bon nombre de musiciens, qu'ils fussent ou non ses disciples. Dinu Pour sa part la considérera comme sa « mère spirituelle » - et ce n'était, ni pour lui ni pour elle, une simple formule.

    Cortot était un professeur extrêmement exigeant. Il faisait jouer à son élève les mêmes études pendant des semaines avant de passer à une autre pièce. Lipatti a adopté la discipline mentale de son professeur et s’est imposé pour habitude de ne jamais jouer une œuvre en public avant de l’avoir entièrement comprise. Il étudiait des œuvres pendant des années avant de la présenter en concert.

    Dinu Lipatti  (1917-1950) fait partie de la triste famille de ces artistes disparus trop tôt, emporté par la maladie à l’âge de 33 ans. Sa notoriété est un cas unique dans l’histoire de l’interprétation: elle repose presque exclusivement sur ses enregistrements, peu nombreux certes, mais salués comme de l’or pur.

    Mozart, Chopin, Schumann, Grieg by Dinu Lipatti - The Piano Concerto /New Mastering + Presentation (recording of the Century)

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  • Dinu Lipatti plays Bach-Hess Chorale Jesu Joy of Mans Desiring, rarer 1947 version

    3:34

    While Lipatti is famous for his performance of the Bach-Hess Chorale Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring, the version widely released on CD is his 1950 recording from Geneva, which was recorded in a small radio studio with a boxy acoustic. This rarer recording from September 24, 1947 was the 6th of 7 attempts that year, and was never released on LP, appearing on CD for the first time in 1999 on the APR label, and now available on the Japanese label Opus Kura. Recorded at EMI's Abbey Road Studios on the same Steinway #299 as Lipatti's other solo recordings from London, this recording has a broader acoustic and one can hear a wider tonal range, a more reverberant bass. There is a significant interpretative difference in the coda, where Lipatti highlights a treble voice from 2:56 to 3:04.

  • Dinu Lipatti plays Schubert Impromptu in G-Flat Major

    5:25

    A recording of Dinu Lipatti's playing Schubert's Impromptu in G-Flat Major D.899 (Op.90) No.3 at his legendary final recital at the Besançon International Music Festival on September 16, 1950. EMI first issued Lipatti's performance of two Schubert Impromptus from the recital on a 5-LP French Columbia set in 1955 and then the complete recital in 1957, first on French Columbia and Angel Records (in the US) and when the performance received such universal acclaim it was released worldwide. Particularly noted was the fact that Lipatti played warm-up arpeggios (preluding) prior to the Bach and Mozart works in the program - however, for reasons completely unknown, EMI never released Lipatti's preluding prior to the Schubert Impromptus or the Chopin Waltzes, despite these having been recorded and existing on the original Radiodiffusion Française broadcast recording.

    Presented here is the applause and preluding prior to Lipatti's performance of the G-Flat Major Impromptu, complete with the Schubert Impromptu as formally issued. It should be noted, however, that the performance as broadcast and released is not exactly how Lipatti played it: there is a sudden edit with several bars missing from the broadcast tape, and in 2015 the reason why became clear when my colleague Werner Unger and I located and transferred an original Radiodiffusion Française transcription disc of this sole work from the recital. On this original disc we can hear Lipatti hit a wrong note in the left hand, which for some reason was edited out of the broadcast performance by cutting out several measures of music. It appears that EMI used both the broadcast tape and the unedited transcription disc to seamlessly edit out the wrong note, which took place during a musical subject repeated later in the work. The complete as-played performance was only issued for the first time a few years ago on the Solstice label's superb remastering of the concert recording -

    We can hear the warm applause and exquisitely beautiful arpeggios that Lipatti played prior to his heartfelt reading of this marvellous work by Schubert, which he plays with a soaring melodic line, phrasing that truly breathes, wonderfully poised layering of voices, natural timing, and a burnished sonority that truly sings.

    The photographs used in this video were taken by Besançon-based photographer Michel Meusy during the recital and are used with the permission of his family.

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  • Dinu Lipatti - His Last Recital

    1:23:21

    Dinu Lipatti
    (March 10, 1917 – December 02, 1950)

    His last Recital
    (Festival International de BesanÇon, Septemer 16, 1950)

    The program

    JOHANN-SEBASTIAN BACH
    01 – Partita No. 1 in B-flat major, BWV 825

    WOLFGANG-AMADEUS MOZART
    02 – Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor, K 310

    FRANZ SCHUBERT
    03 – Impromptu Op. 90 No. 3
    04 – Impromptu Op. 90 No. 2

    FREDERIC CHOPIN
    05 – Waltz No. 5 in A flat major, Op. 42
    06 – Waltz No. 6 in D flat major, Op. 64, No. 1, Minute
    07 – Waltz No. 9 in A flat major, Op. 69, No. 1, L'adieu
    08 – Waltz No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64, No. 2
    09 – Waltz No. 11 in G flat major, Op. 70, No. 1
    10 – Waltz No. 10 in B minor, Op. 69, No. 2
    11 – Waltz No. 14 in E minor
    12 – Waltz No. 3 in A minor, Op. 34, No. 2, Grande Valse brillante
    13 – Waltz No. 4 in F major, Op. 34, No. 3, Grande Valse brillante
    14 – Waltz No. 12 in F minor, Op. 70, No. 2
    15 – Waltz No. 13 in D flat major, Op. 70, No. 3
    16 – Waltz No. 8 in A flat major, Op. 64, No. 3
    17 – Waltz No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 18, Valse brillante

  • Dinu Lipatti - Chopin Nocturne Op. 27, No.2 in D flat Major

    5:51

    Dinu Lipatti - Chopin Nocturne No2 op 27 in D flat Major
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  • Matei Varga performs DINU LIPATTI - Nocturne in F sharp minor

    5:09

    Dinu Lipatti - Nocturne in F sharp minor (dedicated to Clara Haskil). Performed by Matei Varga. Recorded at Patrych Sound Studios (New York City), 2012.

  • Dinu Lipatti - Mozart Concerto No. 21 in C K 467

    28:57

    1. Allegro maestoso (Cadenza: Lipatti)
    2. Andante (15:15)
    3. Allegro vivace assai (Cadenza:Lipatti) (22:30)

    Lucerne Festival Orchestra
    Herbert von Karajan

    live, 1950

  • Dinu Lipatti plays Bach - Jesu, Joy of Mans Desiring

    3:35

    NOTICE: Error on video label: It is in fact Cantata BWV 147 and NOT Prelude BWV 639.

    Arrangement: Dame Myra Hess DBE (25 February 1890 -- 25 November 1965) was a British pianist.

    Dinu Lipatti (1 April 1917 -- 2 December 1950) was a Romanian classical pianist and composer whose career was cut short by his death from Hodgkin's disease at age 33. My most admired classical Pianist.

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  • Dinu Lipatti - Ravel - Alborada del gracioso

    5:57

    Dinu Lipatti - Ravel - Alborada del gracioso
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  • Dinu Lipatti - Concertino for piano and orchestra Op. 3

    17:27

    Dinu Lipatti is regarded as a legend among 20th 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 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.

    (AllMusic)

    Please take note that the audio AND sheet music ARE NOT mine. Change the quality to a minimum of 480p if the video is blurry.

    Original audio:
    (Performance by: Felicja Blumental at the piano, accompanied by the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Rudolf Schwarz CBE)
    Original sheet music:

  • Mozart, Chopin, Schumann, Grieg by Dinu Lipatti : The Piano Concertos

    2:3:46

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    Dinu Lipatti play Mozart, Chopin, Schumann and Grieg : Piano Concerto / New Mastering.
    *Click to activate the English subtitles for the presentation* (00:00-05:55)
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Piano Concerto No.21 in C major, K.467
    Ⅰ. Allegro maestoso (00:00)
    II. Andante (15:16)
    III. Allegro vivace ass (22:33)
    Festival Orchester Luzern
    Dirigent : Herbert Von Karajan
    Live recording in 1950, at Luzern

    Frédéric François Chopin (1810-1849)
    Piano Concerto No.1 In E Minor, Op. 11, B 53
    I. Allegro Maestoso (28:49)
    II. Romance: Larghetto (45:58)
    III. Rondo: Vivace (55:50)
    Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich
    Dirigent : Otto Ackermann
    Recorded in 1950, at Zürich

    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Piano Concerto in A minor Op.54
    I. Allegro affetuoso (1:05:12)
    II. Intermezzo. Andantino grazioso (1:19:27)
    III. Allegro vivace (1:24:49)
    Philharmonia Orchestra
    Dirigent : Herbert Von Karajan
    Recorded in 1948, at London

    Edvard Hagerup Grieg (1843-1907)
    Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16
    I. Allegro molto moderato (1:34:42)
    II. Adagio (1:47:19)
    III. Allegro moderato molto e marcato (1:53:46)
    Philharmonia Orchestra
    Dirigent : Alceo Galliera
    Recorded in 1947, at London

    Piano : Dinu Lipatti
    New Mastering in 2020 by AB for CMRR

    COMMENTAIRE COMPLET : VOIR PREMIER COMMENTAIRE ÉPINGLÉ.
    Le langage musical de Lipatti est empreint d'une authenticité si caractéristique qu'il peut être identifié dès les premiers sons. On peut même parler de timbre lipattien, les sons spécifiques dans le contexte d'une œuvre donnée correspondant à la qualité du son produit par son toucher. Dans le prolongement de la lettre mentionnée précédemment au jeune pianiste, Lipatti rappelle certaines lois simples et essentielles, fondamentales pour toute interprétation :

    1.Étude du solfège, en particulier du solfège rythmique.
    2.Accentuation des temps faibles. (Insister et souligner le rythme fort, c'est commettre une des plus grandes erreurs de la musique car ce n'est rien d'autre qu'un plongeon vers les faibles car ceux-ci en portent le poids réel).
    3.L'ignorance de nombreux pianistes quant aux immenses possibilités obtenues grâce à l'indépendance des différentes attaques et touches d'une même main pouvant produire des timbres différents. En atteignant une telle indépendance, l'interprétation ressort immédiatement en un relief inattendu et le jeu reflète la variété timbrale et la plasticité d'une exécution orchestrale..

    En analysant le langage musical de Lipatti, l'interprète, nous constatons que sa beauté consiste en la simplicité, l'essence et la pureté, qui n'est rien d'autre que le reflet d'un plan superstructurel de la personnalité de l'artiste. Selon les mots d'Ansermet, les qualités de ce musicien ne sont rien d'autre que le reflet de son être moral. La simplicité de sa manière d'interpréter ne signifie pas qu'elle soit objective ou froide, mais au contraire qu'elle possède un immense pouvoir expressif, d'autant plus poignant que ses moyens sont économiques. Ces qualités de l'art de Lipatti n'apparaissent jamais comme un but en soi mais comme le résultat d'une réponse intuitive à l'essence du phénomène musical et d'une imagination artistique.

    À la synthèse entre la pensée et l'intuition, il faut ajouter un autre aspect : l'unité entre l'ensemble et ses composantes, entre la recherche d'une compréhension complète de l'œuvre et le soin de présenter sa structure avec la plus grande clarté. Son souci permanent du détail se mêlait à une vision monumentale de l'ensemble de l'œuvre. En parlant des concertos pour piano de Grieg ou de Schumann, il a insisté sur le fait que chaque note doit vivre par elle-même, contribuant ainsi à une recréation significative de l'œuvre dans son ensemble.

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart PLAYLIST (reference recordings) :

    Frédéric François Chopin PLAYLIST (reference recordings) :

    Robert Schumann PLAYLIST (reference recordings) :

    Edvard Grieg PLAYLIST (reference recordings) :

  • Liszt - Sonetto 104 del Petrarca - pianista Dinu Lipatti.wmv

    6:29

  • Imnul „Lipatti” - Vivat Musica 2019

    3:13

    Imnul Colegiului Național de Arte „Dinu Lipatti” cântat în cadrul concertului aniversar „Lipatti 70” de către Corul și Orchestra de suflători a Colegiului, dirijate de Marcel Pețanca și Lacrămioara Pauliuc, în data de 24 martie 2019 în sala Ateneului Român

  • Dinu Lipatti plays Liszts Gnomenreigen - new source material

    2:43

    A new source has been obtained of some early test recordings of Lipatti: a cassette that had belonged to Madeleine Lipatti in the collection of one of her cousins, located by researcher Orlando Murrin. The sound quality is superior to the reel-to-reel tape which I had helped locate in the early 1990s and had released in 1995, without the pitch fluctuations that required extensive repair work and with greater overall sonic fidelity. My colleague Werner Unger, with whom I co-produced the original release of this performance, transferred the cassette, and I adjusted the pitch and removed a few of the more extraneous clicks.

    This performance was recorded on April 28, 1941 in Bucharest, at which time Lipatti appears to have made a series of 'test recordings'. The circumstances of these performances - exactly where and why they were made - is not clear, no documentation or correspondence having yet been located that discusses these recordings. The 25cm disc apparently used to exist at the 'Radiodiffusion roumaine' with the catalogue number 3473a, according to Grigore Bargauanu's biography and discography of Lipatti, but the original disc has since been lost (I checked on this during my visit to Bucharest in 2016).

    The playing is thoroughly remarkable, demonstrating Lipatti's fusion of technical proficiency and musicality. His sparkling tone, dazzling fingerwork, and rhythmic vitality are very impressive, as is his tremendously clear voicing throughout the work. Particularly notable is his left-hand highlighting of figurations that truly sound like the 'dance of the dwarves' at 2:12, and his accelerated tempo at the coda at 2:21. A stunning performance that reveals the tremendous virtuosity and power found in Lipatti's playing before Hodgkin's Disease had strengthened its grip in his final years.

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  • Dinu Lipatti - Nocturne in F-sharp minor

    4:04

    Dinu Lipatti is regarded as a legend among 20th 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 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.

    (AllMusic)

    Please take note that the audio AND sheet music ARE NOT mine. Change the quality to a minimum of 480p if the video is blurry.

    Original audio:
    (Performance by: Marco Vincenzi)
    Original sheet music:

  • Dinu Lipatti in Zurich in 1950: 3 solo works by Chopin

    11:23

    Dinu Lipatti's February 7, 1950 concert performance of 3 solo works by Chopin:

    0:20 Nocturne No.8 in D-Flat Major Op.27 No.2
    6:24 Etude in E Minor Op.25 No.5
    9:37 Etude in G-Flat Major Op.10 No.5 'Black Keys'

    Lipatti played the Chopin E Minor Concerto at this symphonic concert, with Otto Ackerman conducting the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, and after the intermission these three solo works were programmed; the works were in fact on the printed programme, not played as an encore as some have believed, though it is certainly unusual to have solo works officially included in an orchestral concert. One can hear Lipatti preluding prior to his performance of the Chopin Nocturne.

    The material for these performances comes from three sources:

    - Dr Marc Gertsch's amateur recording of another collector's broadcast tape, which he recorded with a handheld microphone in 1951

    - a privately-pressed white-label LP of the entire concert (with a section missing from the first movement and some radio interference throughout) that circulated in a very closed network and was never released. I obtained this from Lipatti pupil Charles Reiner in 1990, who had received it years earlier from a friend in California.

    - a small reel tape of the two etudes (minus the first notes of the E Minor Etude) that was found in Gertsch's collection, ostensibly from the collector who claimed to have the entire concert in wonderful hi-fi sound but refused to copy the entire thing for Madeleine Lipatti and Walter Legge.

    The final notes of the Nocturne were missing from Gertsch's tape - on the Turnabout Vox LP that featured these solos alongside the 1947 Amsterdam performance of the Bach-Busoni D Minor Concerto, these were filled in from the same passage from commercial disc - and in this current transfer, those notes were replaced with the actual Zurich performance from the other unpublished tape source on the white-label privately-pressed LP. This source was additionally used for the first notes of the E Minor Etude before switching to the hi-fi tape, which captures Lipatti's tone with exquisite fidelity.

    Edwin Fischer was at this concert and noted how magnificent the entire performance was, and indeed Lipatti's playing in these solos is extraordinarily beautiful. The Nocturne is taken at a more spacious tempo than his official recording of the work, perhaps a combination of no time constraints on a commercial 78rpm disc plus the suffering he had gone through in the 3 years between his studio account and this concert, with gloriously arched phrasing and marvellous rubato. The two Etudes are played with sparkling tone, remarkably refined articulation, stunning rhythmic vitality, and exquisite clarity of voicing. The middle section of the E Minor Etude features a melodic line that is exquisitely shaped, as if sung by the most skilled singer in one breath, while the 'Black Keys' Etude demonstrates Lipatti's stunning virtuosity fused with refined musicality, eschewing empty showmanship while being technically of the highest standard.

    This photograph was taken at Lipatti's final solo recital in Besancon, France on September 16, 1950, by local photographer Michel Meusy.

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  • Lipatti & Ansermet - Schumann Concerto in A minor Op. 54

    31:02

    1. Allegro affettuoso
    2. Intermezzo: Andantino grazioso (15:32)
    3. Allegro vivace (20:26)

    Dinu Lipatti, piano
    Ernest Ansermet conducting the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
    live - Geneva, February 22, 1950

  • Bach/Kempff - Siciliano from BWV 1031 - Dinu Lipatti

    3:05

    Dinu Lipatti (1917-1950), piano
    Rec. 1950

  • Dinu Lipatti plays Bach Partita No.1 BWV 825 at his last recital

    10:02

    Dinu Lipatti performing the second half of the Bach Partita No.1 in B-Flat, BWV 825 at his last public performance, at the Besancon International Music Festival on September 16, 1950.

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  • Concert M.Ap.N. - G. Dinicu - Hora Mărțișorului - Orch. CNA „Dinu Lipatti” - Dirijor Andrei Racu

    4:00

    Concert susținut în data de 26 Martie 2018 în studioul Orchestrei Reprezentative a M.Ap.N.
    Grigoraș Dinicu - Hora Mărțișorului
    Orchestra CNA „D.Lipatti”
    Dirijor Andrei Racu

  • Dinu Lipatti - First recordings, Paris 1936. Enescu Brahms

    7:29

    Rare recordign of Second mouvement of piano sonata N. 1 of Enescu. Brahms, intermezzo Op. 117.

  • Dinu Lipatti unpublished test recording of Brahms Op.118 No.6

    1:35

    An excerpt from an unpublished test recording of the 19-year-old Dinu Lipatti playing an abbreviated version of Brahms' Intermezzo Op.118 No.6 from a disc made at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris on June 25, 1936. This recording was not available for release in the mid-90s when a series of other recordings from the same session were issued on the archiphon label, and it has not been remastered. The opening is not included here as there are multiple skips in the record; the tape copy was made from the original disc in Romania and they could not get the record to play straight through, and unfortunately the whereabouts of the disc are currently unknown. However, from this excerpt alone one can recognize the titanic musicality that the young Lipatti was already demonstrating: full-bodied sound, wonderful voicing, incredible phrasing and textures. It is hoped that a full version of this work, which was on his recital programs in the 1947-1948 season, will be found.

    Previously unpublished photographs of the young Dinu Lipatti from the upcoming documentary production 'Le Recital de Besancon' by Philippe Roger on Sunless Films

  • Dinu Lipatti - J S Bach corale prelude bwv 639

    3:00

    Dinu Lipatti - J S Bach corale prelude bwv 639
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  • Dinu Lipatti plays Bach Partita No.1 BWV 825 at his last recital

    7:49

    Dinu Lipatti performing the first half of the Bach Partita No.1 in B-Flat, BWV 825 at his last public performance, at the Besancon International Music Festival on September 16, 1950.

  • Dinu Lipatti - Barcarolle for piano in F sharp Major op 60

    8:36

    Dinu Lipatti - Chopin Barcarolle for piano in F sharp major op 60 B 158
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  • Dinu Lipatti plays Chopin Sonata No. 3 in B Minor Op. 58

    25:05

    Dinu Lipatti's March 1 and 4, 1947 recording of Chopin's Sonata No. 3 in B Minor Op. 58, recorded at EMI's Abbey Road Studio No. 3 on Steinway 299.

    1. Allegro maestoso 0:00
    2. Scherzo 8:49
    3. Largo 11:22
    4. Finale. Presto ma non tanto 20:15

    This is the only large-scale solo composition that Lipatti recorded at EMI's Abbey Road Studios in London, the rest being shorter works that fit on one or two sides of a single 78rpm disc. In the post-war period, due to material shortages even established artists (Cortot, Moiseiwitsch, Schnabel) were recording an average of one solo multi-disc work and a larger number of shorter works per year. This is most unfortunate as Lipatti had in his repertoire at the time Beethoven's Waldstein Sonata, Schumann's Etudes symphoniques, and Ravel's Le tombeau de Couperin (he would play these three in a single recital together with four Bach Preludes & Fugues).

    This performance of Chopin's Third Sonata captures Lipatti's pianism at its most vibrant and dynamic. While he was already suffering from Hodgkin's Disease, it had not yet strengthened its grip and Lipatti was still playing with tremendous force and vitality. His full-bodied sonority, burnished singing line, poised voicing, and subtle nuancing are more clearly discernible in this excellent 1999 transfer effected by Bryan Crimp on the APR label, which used vinyl pressings from the original metal masters.

    Harold C Schonberg had not written much about Lipatti in his book The Great Pianists (the first edition featured a single sentence, the second giving more detail and adulation), but on hearing these transfers wrote that he could finally grasp the full nature of Lipatti's majestic and refined artistry. American Columbia LPs were very poorly transferred so Lipatti's artistry was generally not well represented on US pressings. Additionally, EMI has used the same transfer since their very first LPs (one can tell because of a 'surge' mid-chord from a poorly effected side join between the first and second sides in the first movement) - despite claims of new remasterings, none has returned to the source material as has this APR transfer. While the disc is discontinued, it is well worth searching out and it is hoped that it will once again enter the catalogue.

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  • Dinu Lipatti plays J.S. Bach - Cantata BWV 147

    9:55

    Choral Jesus bleibet meine Freude from Cantata Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147 (arr. Hess) recorded in Geneva, 1950,
    Siciliana from Sonata No. 2 for Flute and Harpsichord, BWV 1031 (arr. Kempff) recorded in Geneva, 1950.

    Dinu Lipatti
    (born 19th March, 1917, in Bucharest - died 2nd December, 1950, in Geneva)

    ...Lipatti: an artist filled with divine spirituality. F. Poulenc

    How I envy you for your talent. It should go to the devil. Why should you have so much talent and I so little? Is that justice on earth? Clara Haskil

    ...(he is) the epitomy of a spirit world, untouched by pain and suffering. Yehudi Menuhin

  • Dinu Lipatti - Franz Liszt La Leggierezza,

    4:39

    Rare recording: La leggierezza, étude de concert of Franz Liszt by Dinu Lipatti. BBC Recording (London, september 25, 1947) This copy of La Leggierezza is not complete (missing the first two bars).
    Bad sound quality but the performance is a miracle.

  • Dinu Lipatti - Schubert Impromptu E flat major

    4:15

    Dinu Lipatti - Schubert Impromptu E flat major
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  • Dinu Lipatti - Scarlatti sonata k9

    3:24

    Dinu Lipatti - Scarlatti sonata k9
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  • Chopin Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor op.11. Dinu Lipattis great interpretation.

    36:46

    Dinu Lipatti plays Chopin Piano Concerto no.1 in E minor op.11. Beautiful performance.

    0:00 I. Allegro maestoso
    17:27 II. Romance. Larghetto
    27:15 III. Rondo. Vivace

    Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich
    Otto Ackermann

  • Dinu Lipatti - Sonată pentru omul bun

    46:04

    Este cel mai mare pianist, după Frédéric Chopin, a spus Yehudi Menuhin despre Dinu Constantin Lipatti.

    „Lipatti- Sonată pentru omul bun” creionează un portret emoţionat al celui care a fost compozitorul violonistul şi pedagogul Dinu Constantin Lipatti. Documentarul aduce la lumină, din Arhiva încă bogată a TVR, interviuri antologice cu Florica Musicescu, cu Nadia Boulanger, cu cei doi biografi ai lui Lipatti, Grigore Bărgăuanu şi Dragoş Tănăsescu, cu Menuhin.

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  • Concert Aniversar 70 ani - Colegiul Național de Arte Dinu Lipatti 2019

    2:12:58

    Ateneul Roman 24 martie 2019, ora 11
    Coru, Orchestra de suflători și Orchestra simfonică a Colegiului Național de Arte „Dinu Lipatti” din București.

    Dirijori:
    Lăcrămioara Pauliuc
    Marcel Pețanca
    Nicolae Racu
    Andrei Racu

    Soliști:
    Viniciu Moroianu - pian
    Cristina Anghelescu - vioară
    Formația „Distinto” - Marius Olteanu, Octavian Dobrotă, Mihai Radu

    Au luat cuvântul:
    Ecaterina Andronescu
    Ionel Florian Lixandru
    Ioana Mihaela Neacșu

    Directori:
    Venera Babeș
    Veronica Zbenghe

    În program:
    1. Imnul Colegiului Național de Arte „Dinu Lipatti” - Vivat Musica -Valentin Mandric/Tudor Paladi
    2. Festival Sanctus - John Leavitt
    3. Cavaleria ușoară - Franz von Suppe
    4. Valurile Dunării - Iosif Ivanovici
    5. Arii din Muntenia - Alfred Mendelsohn
    6. Preludiu - Dinu Lipatti - solist - Viniciu Moroianu
    7. Preludiu în do# minor - Tudor Dumitrescu
    8. Dans Spaniol - Manuel de Falla - vioară - Cristina Anghelescu pian - Viniciu Moroianu
    9. Simfonia a V-a, partea I - Ludwig van Beethoven
    10. O sole mio - Eduard di Capua - formația „Distinto”
    11.Home to Mama - Luigi Denza / Patrizio Buanne - formația „Distinto”
    12. Tablouri dintr-o expoziție: Promenada și Marea Poartă a Kiev-ului - M.P.Musorgski / M. Ravel
    13. Requiem - Dies Irae, Confutatis, Lacrimosa - W.A.Mozart
    14. Carmina Burana - Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi - Carl Orff

  • Dinu Lipatti ‎– Concert Pentru Pian Și Orchestră În La Minor, Op. 54

    29:38

    Allegro Affettuoso
    Intermezzo (Andantino Grazioso)
    Allegro Vivace

  • Dinu Lipatti - Chopin Valse n°3 in A minor

    3:27

    Dinu Lipatti - Chopin Valse n°3 in A minor
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  • Gala Lipatti - 23martie2016 - Orchestra de suflători a Colegiului Național de Arte „Dinu Lipatti”

    38:58

    Concertul din data de 23 martie 2016 susținut la Ateneul Român de Orchestra de suflători a Colegiului Național de Arte „Dinu Lipatti” din București.
    Dirijor: Marcel Pețanca
    În program:
    1. Jacques Offenbach - Orpheus în Infern
    2. Dimitri Sostakovici - Valsul nr.2
    3. Dans din Filmul „Zorba Grecul” - arr. Ionel Croitoru
    4. Alfred Mendelsohn - Arii din Muntenia - Solist: Giani Busnea
    5. Popkiste nr.1 - Arr. Bernd Classen

  • Bach, arr Hess: Jesu, Joy of Mans Desiring, Dinu Lipatti , 1947, restored

    3:32

    J.S. Bach
    arr. Myra Hess
    Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
    BWV 147

    Dinu Lipatti
    1947, restored

    Pic: Albert Edelfelt: Kristus ja Mataleena, 1890, Ateneum Art Museum, Helsinki

  • Dinu Lipatti - Chopin Piano Concerto #1, 2nd movement excerpt in hi-fi

    3:06

    A 3-minute fragment of a high-fidelity tape of Dinu Lipatti's legendary performance of Chopin's First Piano Concerto, recorded live in Zurich February 7, 1950. Only this excerpt of the concerto and the two etudes he performed afterwards are known to have survived in this sound quality. The full story of this concert performance and the search for the tape can be read here:
    and here

  • Dinu Lipatti - Schubert Impromptu in G flat Major

    4:59

    Dinu Lipatti - Schubert Impromptu in G flat Major
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  • Prof. Univ. Dr. VINICIU MOROIANU – DINU LIPATTI: Nocturna în fa diez minor, Op.6

    4:19

    Prologul festivalului - Recital 5 - 102 ani de la nașterea pianistului și compozitorului Dinu Lipatti
    Casa de Cultură „Geo Bogza” Câmpina
    Prof. Univ. Dr. VINICIU MOROIANU – DINU LIPATTI: Nocturna în fa diez minor, Op.6 (1939)

  • Dinu Lipatti: Chopin - Waltz No. 9 in A flat Major, Op. 69 No. 1

    4:27

    Dinu Lipatti (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈdinu liˈpati]; 1 April [O.S. 19 March] 1917 -- 2 December 1950) was a Romanian classical pianist and composer whose career was cut short by his death from Hodgkin's disease at age 33. He was elected posthumously to the Romanian Academy. He entered the 1933 Vienna International Piano Competition but finished second, because the jury considered him too young. Alfred Cortot, who thought Lipatti should have won, resigned from the jury in protest. Lipatti subsequently studied in Paris under Cortot, Nadia Boulanger (with whom he recorded some of Brahms's Waltzes Op. 39), Paul Dukas (composition) and Charles Munch (conducting). He gave his first concert, at the École Normale, on 20 May 1935. However, three days before the concert, Paul Dukas died; in memory of Dukas, Lipatti's first piece at his concert, and the piece he first publicly performed as an adult pianist, was J. S. Bach's Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring. Lipatti's career was interrupted by World War II. Although he continued to give concerts throughout Europe, including Nazi-occupied territories, he eventually fled his native Romania in 1943 and settled with his wife (Madeleine Cantacuzene, also a concert pianist) in Geneva, Switzerland, where he accepted the position as piano professor at the conservatory. It was at this time that the first signs of his illness emerged. At first, doctors were baffled, but in 1947 he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease. As a result, his public performances became considerably less frequent after the war. Lipatti gave his final recital, which was recorded, on 16 September 1950 in Besançon, France. Despite severe illness, he gave unmatched performances of Bach's Partita in B flat major, Mozart's A minor Sonata, Schubert's G flat major and E flat major Impromptus, and thirteen of Chopin's Waltzes. He excluded No. 2, which he was too exhausted to play; he offered instead Myra Hess's transcription of Bach's Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, the piece with which he had started his professional career as a pianist in 1935. He died less than 3 months later, in Geneva. Lipatti is buried at the cemetery of Chêne-Bourg next to his wife Madeleine, a noted piano teacher. Lipatti's piano playing was, and is, widely appreciated for the absolute purity of his interpretations, at the service of which he used a masterful pianistic technique. Lipatti is particularly noted for his interpretations of Chopin, Mozart and Bach, but he also made recordings of Ravel's Alborada del Gracioso, Liszt, Enescu, and the Schumann and Grieg piano concertos. His recording of Chopin's Waltzes has remained in print since its release and has long been a favorite of many classical music-lovers. Dinu Lipatti's legacy to new generations of musicians consists of numerous recordings of his concerts worldwide; the power, beauty and sincerity of his recordings continue to inspire and uplift pianists and music lovers. In recognition of his outstanding contributions to classical music interpretation and composition he was posthumously elected in 1997 as a member of the Romanian Academy...



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  • Dinu Lipatti play Dinu Lipatti - Concertino,

    4:08

    Dinu Lipatti play Dinu Lipatti
    Concertino in the Classical Style for piano and chamber orchestra.
    1. Allegro maestoso
    Berlin Chamber Orchestra
    concucted by
    Hans von Benda

  • Dinu Lipatti - Schubert - Impromptu In G Flat, D.899 No.3

    5:01

    Label: EMI Classics – CDH 7 69800 2
    Format: CD, Compilation, Remastered, Mono
    Country: Europe
    Released: 1999
    Genre: Classical
    Style: Baroque, Classical, Romantic

    Record Company – EMI Records Ltd.
    Phonographic Copyright (p) – EMI Records Ltd.
    Copyright (c) – EMI Records Ltd.
    Remastered At – Abbey Road Studios

    Recorded in Genève 1950; London 1947; Besançon 1950
    Made In Germany

  • C.N.A. „Dinu Lipatti” București - Sala Radio 24 mai 2018

    2:58:26

    Concert de muzică populară, din data de 24 mai 2018 la Sala Radio din București
    Orchestra Națională Radio și Orchestra populară a C.N.A. „D.Lipatti”
    Soliști: elevi ai Colegiului Național de Arte „Dinu Lipatti” din București
    Prezentator: Miruna Ionescu
    Elevi pregătiți de profesorii:
    Ramona Urjan
    Maria Luiza Popescu
    Gavril Prunoiu
    Loredana Streche
    Alin Langă
    etc.

  • Recitaluri Mădălina Dănilă și Axia Marinescu la Casa Artelor Dinu Lipatti - Ziua Tineretului

    1:33:09

    Recitaluri la Casa Artelor Dinu Lipatti ale pianistelor Mădălina Dănilă și Axia Marinescu.
    partea I,
    Mădălina Dănilă - Recital din Festivalul I Love Lipatti din 19.03.2019, program:
    Dinu Lipatti - Nocturna în fa diez minor
    George Enescu - Sonata nr.1 Op. 24
    Béla Bartók - „Cinci bagatele” Op. 14
    partea a II-a,
    Axia Marinescu - Recital „Imageries musicales”din 01.06.2019, program:
    Dinu Lipatti- Nocturna
    Claude Debussy: Images, livre 1:
    1. Reflets dans l’eau
    2. Hommage à Rameau
    3. Mouvement
    Romain Zante: Tableaux de France pentru pian
    George Enescu: Pièces impromptues op.18
    Maurice Ravel: Sonatina in fa diez minor

  • Bach: Partita No. 1, Lipatti バッハ パルティータ第1番 リパッティ

    17:54

    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Partita No. 1 in B-flat major, BWV 825

    (00:44) 1. Praeludium
    (02:22) 2. Allemande
    (04:54) 3. Corrente
    (07:47) 4. Sarabande
    (12:24) 5. Menuet I/II
    (15:13) 6. Gigue

    Dinu Lipatti (1917-1950), Piano

    Rec. 16 September 1950 (Live Recording)

    ヨハン・ゼバスティアン・バッハ
    パルティータ 第1番 変ロ長調 BWV 825

    ピアノ:ディヌ・リパッティ

    録音:1950年9月16日 (実況録音)

  • Dinu Lipatti - Scarlatti sonata kk 380

    2:45

    Dinu Lipatti - Scarlatti sonata kk 380
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  • Dinu Lipatti - Chopin - Valse Brilliante

    4:39

    Dinu Lipatti - Chopin - Valse Brilliante
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  • Dinu Lipatti - Chopin, Nocturne Op. 27 No. 2, live recording

    6:21

    Dinu Lipatti play this Nocturne in a legendary studio recording. This is a live and the audio quality is bad. I thing is interesting to compare a live performance, especially here while Lipatti make a little improvisation to introduce the key.
    This Nocturne was done in a programm including Concerto No. 1 (With Ackermann and the Tonhalle Orchestra) and études Op. 10 n. 5 and Op. 25 n. 5. The recording survived in two manner. For the history see
    Zürich, 7 February 1950

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