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Subject: Dinu Lipatti: survey
Date: Fri, 01 Nov 1996
Still my favorite single classical album of all time is Dinu Lipatti's sensational performances of Bach and Mozart. It includes IMHO the definitive rendition of Bach's Jesu, and perhaps the same can be said for everything else on the album. I believe it was on Columbia Masterworks originally released in the early '50s and I am wondering if anyone knows if it has been reissued on CD.
Also, I have seen other Lipatti works on CD and wonder if any of them are as wonderful.
It's a pity that Lipatti died of Hodgkin's lymphoma not long before chemotherapy started to become available. (As it was, expensive hydrocortisone shots kept him alive long enough to leave some divine things behind.) If he had been treated and lived, he would probably be making digital remakes of all his stuff (and I'd probably be busy arguing why he isn't the greatest pianist of the century). He was a meticulous craftsman, but could see the grand sweep along with the little details, and had a sumptuous lyric style that made just about anything that he did worth hearing. Pity that there isn't much.
Many of the recordings were originally made by Radio Geneva or by EMI via its British Columbia branch, I suppose. They were issued at one point by American Columbia, but are now available from EMI in their mid-priced Great Recordings of the Century series. Some specific discs include:
All this was covered in great detail in a series of posts a few months ago here; I gleaned some information from that via a Dejanews search, along with a search of EMI's recordings database and H&B's database. Further contributions would be most welcome, and I hope this helps.