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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Dinu Lipatti


Dinu Lipatti - His last recital, 16 septembre 1950, Besançon

JS Bach Partita No.1 In B Flat Major, Bwv825
0:00 : I. Prelude
2:20 : allemande
4:52 : courante
7:44 : sarabande
12:22 : menuetto 1&2
15:13 : gigue

WA Mozart Piano Sonata No.8 In A Minor, K.310
17:52 : allegro maestoso
23:35 : Andante cantabile con espressione
29:34 : presto

Franz Schubert
32:33 : Impromptu No.3 In G Flat Major, D.899-3
37:34 : Impromptu No.2 In E Flat Major, D.899-2

Frédéric Chopin 13 Valses
41:27 : Waltze No.5 In A Flat Major, Op.42 -Grande Valse
45:15 : No.6 In D Flat Major, Op.64-1 -Petit Chien
46:50 : A Flat Major, Op.69-1 -L`adieu
50:01 : Waltze No.7 In C Shrp Minor, Op.64-2
51:54 : Waltze No.11 In G Flat Major, Op.70-1
53:17 : Waltze No.10 In B Minor, Op.69-2
56:15 : Waltze No.14 In E Minor, Op.Posth
58:25 : Waltze No.3 In A Minor, Op.34-2 -Valse Brillante
Waltze No.4 In F Major, Op.34-3 -Valse Brillante-
Waltze No.12 In F Minor, Op.70-2
Waltze No.13 In D Flat Major, Op.70-3
Waltze No.8 In A Flat Major, Op.64-3
Waltze No.1 In E Flat Major, Op.18 -Grande Valse

An "impromptu" is an instrumental composition supposedly written "in promptu" (improvised), first coined by Jan Vaclac Vorisek in his Impromptus, Op. 7 of 1822.

There is, however, nothing improvisatory in Schubert's 2 sets of impromptus (D899 and D935). Each is a structured short keyboard piece, that could have been titled Marche (D899/1), Variationen (D935/3), Minuetto (D935/2), or whatever.

Yet perhaps, Schubert chose the title "Impromptus" to hint at the impetuosity and freedom with which a pianist may risk playing these pieces with.

The Impromptu in G flat major D899 No.3 was written in the style of a Lied ohne Worte ("Song Without Words"), and indeed Lipatti plays the languid melody in his own simple elegant voice, contrasting it with a busy sextuplet accompaniment in the middle register, like a white lily floating gracefully above gently rippling waters, his steady bass chords resonating the depths of the lake.

The mud gets stirred up and the lake turns into a swirl of dark foreboding as the minor key creeps in first with sextuplets and then with trills in the bass, but calm returns with a reprise of the melody and Lipatti lets it float to the final gentle chord.


  1. Slowly but surely, step by step I'm cultivating my romantic spirit through the music of the master (including the jazz masters). I feel this beautiful inner balance when I juxtapose classical with jazz music.

  2. This is one very special
    Schubert music,
    uplifting and filling
    one with sublime emotion.

    Wow, is that a fact?
    I am quite stirred at the
    prospect of you
    now cultivating
    that romantic spirit! :-)

  3. Schubert was not aware of his genius.
    He is different from most other great composers.
    Just like Mozart, Schubert got
    his melodies right into his head
    and thought that it was
    very boring to print it.
    The music of Schubert's early years
    was often very happy,
    whereas the music of his
    last years more melancholic.
    If you remember just
    one thing about Schubert,
    it should be that he was a
    songwriter like no other.
    In his short life he wrote
    more than 600 songs
    (in addition to all that other great music),
    half of them before he was even twenty!
    Favorite subjects were on
    love, loss, human unhappiness
    and nature scenes.
    Schubert was a fantastic
    melody writer, and many of his
    song themes are immortal.
    Do you know "Ave Maria"?
    That's by Schubert.....

  4. Huge thanks for the background. It's add to the overall understanding and enjoyment. You must be a tremendous classical music aficionado, and you inspire to learn more about the classics than any music class taken in high school or university.


  5. Each classical piece
    has its own beauty and depth,
    so much so that
    something pulls at my heartstrings
    whenever I listen to one -
    with its wide-ranging moods,
    pulsating rhythmic patterns
    and complex harmonics,
    nowhere else could one
    find an embodiment of
    raw emotion and have
    that profound and visceral effect.
    Perhaps, too, classical music
    provides solace in a lonely place,
    among many other things.....

    Thanks a-heaps for being appreciative :-)