Dinu Lipatti: The Complete Columbia Recordings 1947-48 | APR APR6032

Dinu Lipatti: The Complete Columbia Recordings 1947-48


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Label: APR

Cat No: APR6032

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Release Date: 29th May 2020



Dinu Lipatti (piano)
Antonio Janigro (cello)
Philharmonia Orchestra


Alceo Galliera
Herbert von Karajan


Bach, Johann Sebastian

Cantata BWV147 'Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben'
» Jesu bleibet meine Freude (Jesu, joy of man's desiring) (arr. Hess)
Sonata for solo violin no.2 in A minor, BWV1003
» III Andante (arr. Siloti)

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Cello Sonata no.3 in A major, op.69
» I Allegro ma non tanto

Chopin, Frederic

Barcarolle in F sharp major, op.60
Nocturnes (21)
» no.8 in D flat major, op.27 no.2
Piano Sonata no.3 in B minor, op.58
Waltzes (19)
» no.2 in A flat major, op.34 no.1

Faure, Gabriel

Songs (3), op.7
» no.1 Apres un reve (arr. Pablo Casals)

Grieg, Edvard

Piano Concerto in A minor, op.16

Liszt, Franz

Annees de Pelerinage, 2nd Year, S161
» no.5 Sonetto 104 del Petrarca

Ravel, Maurice

» Alborada del gracioso
Piece en forme de Habanera (arr. P Bazelaire)

Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai

The Tale of Tsar Saltan
» Flight of the Bumblebee (arr. for cello and piano)

Scarlatti, Domenico

Keyboard Sonata in D minor, K9
Keyboard Sonata in E major, K380

Schumann, Robert

Piano Concerto in A minor, op.54


Dinu Lipatti (piano)
Antonio Janigro (cello)
Philharmonia Orchestra


Alceo Galliera
Herbert von Karajan


The magnificent series of recordings Dinu Lipatti made for Columbia in 1947-8 needs no introduction. They contain some of the most highly regarded performances ever committed to disc and have remained in the catalogue almost continuously since their first issue on 78s.

What makes the current set unique is the inclusion of five test discs made with the cellist Antonio Janigro, only two of which have appeared on CD previously, and new masterings which reveal more of the original recordings than before. For the 1947 London recordings (originally released in 1999) APR had access to vinyl pressings from the original 78rpm masters and these have been further enhanced. For the newly transferred 1948 sessions, the original 78s were used rather that the subsequent LP issue (itself derived from the 78rpm masters) which appears to have been used in all other transfers. These turned out to have a much brighter sound and more ambience than the rather dull and filtered LP. We strongly believe the Schumann Concerto has never sounded so good!

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