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Brahms: 2 Rhapsodies, Op 79; 3 Intermezzi, Op 117; 6 Pieces, Op 118; 4 Pieces, Op 119

Radu Lupu Audio CD
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Radu Lupu (born November 30, 1945) is a Romanian concert pianist. He has won a number of the most prestigious awards in classical piano, including first prizes in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and the Leeds International Pianoforte Competition. Lupu was born in Galaţi, the son of Meyer Lupu and Ana Gabor. He began piano as a ... Read more in Amazon's Radu Lupu Store

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  • Performer: Radu Lupu
  • Composer: Johannes Brahms
  • Audio CD (5 Oct 2000)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B0000041SC
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,721 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Brahms: Rhapsody in B minor, Op.79, No.110:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Brahms: Rhapsody in G minor, Op.79, No.2 5:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Brahms: Intermezzi, Op.117 - 1. in E flat major 5:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Brahms: Intermezzi, Op.117 - 2. in B flat minor 4:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Brahms: Intermezzi, Op.117 - 3. in C sharp minor 6:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Brahms: 6 Piano Pieces, Op.118 - 1. Intermezzo in A minor 1:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Brahms: 6 Piano Pieces, Op.118 - 2. Intermezzo in A 5:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Brahms: 6 Piano Pieces, Op.118 - 3. Ballade in G minor 3:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Brahms: 6 Piano Pieces, Op.118 - 4. Intermezzo in F minor 2:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Brahms: 6 Piano Pieces, Op.118 - 5. Romance in F 3:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Brahms: 6 Piano Pieces, Op.118 - 6. Intermezzo in E flat minor 5:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Brahms: 4 Piano Pieces, Op.119 - 1. Intermezzo in B minor 3:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Brahms: 4 Piano Pieces, Op.119 - 2. Intermezzo in E minor 5:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Brahms: 4 Piano Pieces, Op.119 - 3. Intermezzo in C 1:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Brahms: 4 Piano Pieces, Op.119 - 4. Rhapsody in E flat 5:03£0.79  Buy MP3 


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Treasures untold 13 Nov 2011
By GlynLuke TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Radu Lupu, Rumanian piano wizard, may not have been as prolific as Richter, Horowitz
or Rubinstein, but his genius can be spoken of in the same breath.
It is difficult to express in words the effect Lupu`s limpid yet muscular playing has on me, but whether it`s the Schubert Impromptus, a Beethoven concerto or these wondrous pieces by Brahms, he plays each with absolute authority, spontaneity and a magic all his own.
This is a well-chosen programme, starting with the Two Rhapsodies written in 1879 when Brahms was 46, and including also the later Three Intermezzos, Six Piano Pieces
as well as the Four Piano Pieces and a final Rhapsody.
All are models of a kind of controlled, even calm, expressiveness that tends to be Brahms`s calling card. On the one hand this is Romantic music as surely as that of Liszt or his great friend Schumann, but it is perhaps less unfettered than those two
more extravagant, heart-on-sleeve arch-Romantics.
I used to cordially despise Brahms - what did people see in him! - until one day I played some of his chamber music, then I thought I`d try the symphonies again...and I was hooked. It was a painless step to discovering the relatively small but delightful, one might say perfect, oeuvre of his pieces for solo piano.
Pointless to single out particular pieces or moments from this flawlessly executed, generous 71-minute selection, as they are all played with the kind of sober lyricism this lovely music demands. Brahms rarely composed music for show-offs to play, and in Radu Lupu he has found an ideal interpreter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By I. Giles TOP 50 REVIEWER
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This disc , well and consistently recorded in 1979 and 1976, concentrates mainly on the late piano works of opus 117-119 with the two middle period Rhapsodies acting as a musical entrée. The Rhapsodies are more energetic in nature while the later works are generally rather more contemplative in nature.

Radu Lupu's style of piano p[laying tends to favour the more thoughtful aspects of any composer, be they Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert or Brahms, and the more extrovert sides of those composers is not emphasised. Consequently there is a considerable difference in the two Rhapsodies as played by Lupu and as played by Bishop Kovacevich for example. Indeed, Kovacevich's recordings of these two pieces verges on the aggressive so outward going are they. This is a description that is most unlikely to ever be used when describing Lupu's music making. Thus in this case the opening Rhapsodies are given a quieter, more thoughtfully subdued performance than is often the case.

The later opus 117-119 pieces are a different matter altogether and it is here that Lupu's natural manner is particularly well suited. The three gentle 'cradle songs,' as Brahms referred to his opus 117 pieces, are well matched by the tonal ambiguities of the opus 119 set. That same ambiguity also applies to the opus 118 set although these matters of key are of less import to the listener perhaps than they might be to the musicologist or the performer. Nevertheless it is true, even to the listener, that the over-riding character of these final pieces, many of which are intermezzos, is more reflective than the various sets of variations or the sonatas from much earlier in Brahms' output.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brahms intermezzoes very soothing. 18 Feb 2013
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If he were still alive I would contact him and thank him for the comfort his music enables but sadly he is no longer here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 22 Aug 2014
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Play it continually in car.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any music lover. 8 Feb 2005
By Samuel - Published on Amazon.com
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Lupu's playing instantly strikes you as unassuming and purely musical. There is no virtuosity for its own sake, rather one detects a profound sensitivity (heard in the pianists incredible pianissimo and phrasing) and respect for the music.

So many of the Brahms Intermezzi, especially from Opus. 117, require voicing (bringing out one note in a chord above the others), and Lupu is nothing short of amazing in the way he brings out melodies and gives the music a deserving sense of depth and texture.

I highly recomend this cd. Overall, Lupu's playing does full justice to Brahms' complex music. It is nuanced, sensitive, and extremely profound. I confess I have a bias towards people like Lupu. While I like the showy pianists as well, they are often ill suited to play composers like Brahms. But Lupu seems perfectly at home with him and all the unique difficulties his music contains.

A little imperfection in sound quality is nothing compared to the quality of the music you will get on this cd.

Some have called Lupu a poet, or even an holy man of the piano, and I must agree with them. If you hear this cd, you probably will too. This cd is a must if you love music.
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Performance sings, sound varies 6 Sep 2002
By Todd R. Peckarsky - Published on Amazon.com
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Just to clarify on the issue of sound quality discussed by previous reviewers: the performances on this disk were recorded made in two separate sessions. Recorded in the first session (1970) were the op.79 no.1 Rhapsody and the three op.117 Intermezzi. These four works constitute 27 minutes of the total 71 minute playing time of this disk. While the sound on these four tracks is rather poor, that of the remaining performances on the disk (recorded at a separate 1976 session) is quite passable, certainly better than on the 1970 tracks.
Lupu's performance is singing with beautiful legato, and makes you want to listen and concentrate. Eventually you can get past the poor sound of four of the tracks. I really enjoy the performance of the op.79 no.1 Rhapsody, despite the deficient sound.
One further note re. sonics on Mr. Lupu's recordings. The sound on his 1982 recording of the Schubert Impromptus is similarly not great but passable, just like that on the majority of this disk.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful CD 4 Jan 2001
By "donkeybanana" - Published on Amazon.com
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I have always been a great Lupu fan, and so its not suprising that I completely adore this recording. The recording quality is not the best, however its very passable, and the playing is simply magical. There are small inaccuracies in the playing here and there, however in terms of depth of line and artisitic vision, the playing of these fantasias etc. is unsurpassed. The sheer depth and variety of tone are unbelievable, and to my mind, no other recording can come close to matching this one. Sensitive but never indulgent, this recording is a must for any Brahms lover!
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime Performances 28 Jan 2005
By Nicholas T. Follansbee - Published on Amazon.com
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Folks, it doesn't get better than this. The music, like other late works of Brahms, glows a special sunset warmth touched with nostalgia. The performances are completely unselfconscious and intensely lyrical. Since I do not listen on high end equipment, I am blissfully unaware of any deficiency in the recording quality. If you love MUSIC, this is a CD you must own.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very warm, and full of feeling 24 Aug 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I first heard the LP of this recording in UC Berkeley's music library. Since that day I have been enamored with Radu Lupu's wonderfully fluid interpretation of Brahms' music. The recorded sound is relatively muted on the high end; however, it is extremely warm and pleasing to the ear. Tis a shame that at this time Amazon only offers two Radu Lupu CDs...
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