Notes from the Booklet: ….. Lipatti's star still shines on us today, and its light is brighter than ever. The reasons are not all strictly musical. "The greatness of the early genius", "the Saint amongst pianists", and other adulatory haloes are still uttered today, obscuring the truth more than anything else. Such misunderstandings emanate from his very limited discography, which led some critics to conclude that Lipatti had learned and mastered but two piano concertos and one recital. The truth is rather different, however: Lipatti performed in public 23 different works for piano and orchestra, and his repertoire contined six complete piano recital programmes. A separate list in this booklet show how extensive his repertoire really was….." [lines by Marc Gertsch/Werner Unger and translated by Mark Ainley]
To mark the forthcoming publication by Actes Sud of André Tubeuf’s new book on the Romanian pianist Dinu Lipatti, La quatorzième valse (The Fourteenth Waltz), EMI Classics is re-releasing all the recordings by this artist of genius in a single 7CD box, each one freshly and sympathetically re-mastered using 24-bit technology. Falling victim to leukaemia at an early age and at the height of his powers, Dinu Lipatti naturally left behind only a small discography, but one of truly exceptional diversity and quality, and this collection is rounded off by his famous last recital, at Besançon in September 1950. This recital, which he halted after thirteen waltzes (hence the title of André Tubeuf’s book), having completely exhausted his ailing body, has become legendary, a last, powerfully moving expression of a life cut short in its prime barely three months later.
The Karajan Official Remastered Edition comprises 13 box sets containing official remasterings of the finest recordings the Austrian conductor made for EMI between 1946 and 1984, which are now a jewel of the Warner Classics catalog. This 8-CD box presents works for solo instruments and orchestra - including concertos by Beethoven, Brahms, Grieg, Mozart, and Schumann, played by such supreme musicians as Dinu Lipatti, Walter Gieseking, and Dennis Brain.
Most of this disc is taken up with Liszt's Christmas Tree, an unusually modest suite based on Christmas carols. It also offers charming pieces by Reger, Tchaikovsky, Rebikov, and Lyapunov based on Christmas themes, and a couple of Bach transcriptions. Eteri Andjaparidze, whose first CD was a sensational Prokofiev collection, plays this music truly superb musicianship and the kind of pianistic color that has become a rarity. Her Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring is the most beautiful I've heard since Dinu Lipatti's. And wait until you hear her delightful playing of Leroy Anderson's Sleigh Ride! It's deliciously witty and charming.
…Though by no means the greatest performances of the waltzes ever recorded – Dinu Lipatti's EMI recording is now and likely always will be the most beautiful, the most masterful, and the most moving version of these works – Ott's recording is well worth hearing by anyone who loves the music. The sound of DG's digital recording is limpid.
The pianist plays with greater expressiveness, and seduces with its sleek piano sound, light and homogeneous, though full, the elegant simplicity that reminds some French piano school (Marcelle Meyer, Catherine Collard in Scarlatti, or even a Haskil a Lipatti). "" The Pianist clearly takes pleasure in playing Handel and we communicate, restoring us his music happily in every sense.