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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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  • Audio CD (11 Feb. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B000YCLR7E
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Listen  1. Piano Concerto No.21 in C, K.467 - 1. Allegro maestoso14:12£1.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Piano Concerto No.21 in C, K.467 - 2. Andante 7:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Piano Concerto No.21 in C, K.467 - 3. Allegro vivace assai 6:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Piano Concerto No.12 in A, K.414 - 1. Allegro 9:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Piano Concerto No.12 in A, K.414 - 2. Andante 8:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Piano Concerto No.12 in A, K.414 - 3. Rondeau (Allegretto) 6:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Quintet for Piano, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, and Bassoon in E flat, K. 452 - 1. Largo - Allegro moderato10:09£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Quintet for Piano, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, and Bassoon in E flat, K. 452 - 2. Larghetto 8:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 23 Dec. 2013
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This disc contains recordings of the two concertos from 1974 and the Quintet from 1984 where it was previously coupled with the Beethoven Piano Quintet. This re-coupling makes this disc a generously filled compilation. Its attractions have been further enhanced by being very well remastered using the 24 bit technology which adds a sense of space and depth to the recording as well as greater clarity.

Radu Lupu is renowned for his reclusive personality resulting in a limited number of recordings. Those that he has made have unfailingly received critical praise and this disc is certainly one of those. His style is one of unforced precision of finger-work coupled with an approach to phrasing that can best be described as being almost vocal in its shaping. Descriptive words such as 'exquisite' are often applied to his playing and that is appropriate here.

The slow central movements of both concertos are things of considerable beauty while still avoiding any suggestion of excessive emotion. These are still kept within the bounds of the Classical period. The final movements are notable for their lively and dancing jollity. They are likely to bring a smile to the faces of listeners. The contribution of Uri Segal, the conductor, and the English Chamber Orchestra cannot be exaggerated as the accompaniment is precisely supportive with every opportunity taken to maximise Mozart's love of interaction between instruments. Even owning other fine versions by the like of Murray Perahia, I still find these performances in yet another league of specialness.

Much the same can be said of the Piano Quintet. This too received much critical praise upon its first appearance that happened to coincide with the recording by Murray Perahia.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By theplanets on 16 Oct. 2011
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I took a bit of a gamble in buying this , as I had already other versions of the majority of this music by Brendel , Uchida and others .
How glad I am that I did , as it probably surpasses the others .
It is absolutely exquisite , with a beauty and lightness of touch when required , that is truly beatiful .
Highly recommended , as is his coupling of the Schuman / Grieg piano concertos , which I believe are amongst the very best also .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John HOLLAS on 6 Feb. 2013
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Radu Lupu made a great impact on the music scene when he first came to prominence. Unfortunately for us, he largely retired from public, and recorded, performances after what seemd like a short time. We are lucky to have available this excellent recording of him, in his prime, playing Mozart piano concertos.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Lovely, if restrained, concerto playing coupled with a great quintet 12 Mar. 2012
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
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Radu Lupu is 65 and has spent his career being elusive and acclaimed. His style, which closely resembles Alfred Brendel's, is in the classicist bent, replacing broad expressive gestures, much less romanticism or heroism, with nuanced touch; he delivers a clean line that for me verges on the antiseptic. His fans shower any negative review with Unhelpfuls, and I thought it would be worthwhile to seek out Lupu recordings I don't know, in the hope of hearing what the acclaim, mostly centered at The Gramohone, is all about.

Here is a pairing of two Mozart piano concertos released in 1975 when the pianist turned 30. Lupu's playing is commendable - refined without being prissy, detailed without being fussy. compared to the Mozart heard from Rudof Serkin, who was still going strong, Lupu's dynamic range is restricted, with little in the way of very soft or loud. He is taking Mozart's scarcity of expression markings at their word. Instead of leaving expression to the pianist, these blanks are just blanks. Therefore, we get only a scattering of crescendos and dimenuendos, either. I find the result impressive mechanically - there's no doubt that Lupu can play with remarkable smoothness - but dull musically. Keeping dynamics at one plateau, the so-called "layered" dynamics intrinsic to the harpsichord, is wrong when applied to the pianoforte, or the fortepiano of Mozart's day, since the whole point of the new keyboard mechanism was to deliver crescendos and dimenuendos, among other expressive touches.

conductor Uri Segal follows suit with a straight-ahead accompaniment, but it would be wrong to exaggerate. Compared to the dry, tinkly Mozart squeezed out by the "authenticity" faction, Lupu and Segal finds sweetness and expression here. That's evident in their refined, softly lyrical rendition of the slow movement in Cto. 21. I also appreciate that the finale is taken as marked by Mozart, Allegro vivace assai - it's a sparkling romp without a touch of brittleness. In the midst of raving about this CD, the Gramophone reviewer faults lupu for being a touch too urbane in Cto. 12, but I hear exactly the same style and touch as in the C major concerto. This was lupus first and only solo Mozart concerto recording, and whatever my reservations, it's a superior production on its own terms; I like it better than Brendel's Mozart, since it feels less aloof and dry.

The real gem here, however, is the filler, a superb reading of the great Quintet for Piano and Winds K. 452. It can be had in various reissues b Decca, and every time it comes around I marvel as the wit, serenity, and charm of Lupu's leadership from the keyboard; more than that, he reaches for the kind of emotional depth that is not very evident in the two concertos.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Playing that fully lives up to Lupu's rarefied eputation 23 Dec. 2013
By I. Giles - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This disc contains recordings of the two concertos from 1974 and the Quintet from 1984 where it was previously coupled with the Beethoven Piano Quintet. This re-coupling makes this disc a generously filled compilation. Its attractions have been further enhanced by being very well remastered using the 24 bit technology which adds a sense of space and depth to the recording as well as greater clarity.

Radu Lupu is renowned for his reclusive personality resulting in a limited number of recordings. Those that he has made have unfailingly received critical praise and this disc is certainly one of those. His style is one of unforced precision of finger-work coupled with an approach to phrasing that can best be described as being almost vocal in its shaping. Descriptive words such as 'exquisite' are often applied to his playing and that is appropriate here.

The slow central movements of both concertos are things of considerable beauty while still avoiding any suggestion of excessive emotion. These are still kept within the bounds of the Classical period. The final movements are notable for their lively and dancing jollity. They are likely to bring a smile to the faces of listeners. The contribution of Uri Segal, the conductor, and the English Chamber Orchestra cannot be exaggerated as the accompaniment is precisely supportive with every opportunity taken to maximise Mozart's love of interaction between instruments. Even owning other fine versions by the like of Murray Perahia, I still find these performances in yet another league of specialness.

Much the same can be said of the Piano Quintet. This too received much critical praise upon its first appearance that happened to coincide with the recording by Murray Perahia. Both of these recordings are fine but, once more, it is the recording on this disc that just edges into first choice. The reasons are a subtle as slight turns of phrase, exact choices of tempo that enables an expressive point to be just a fraction more effective and so on.

I would therefore suggest that, so long as this particular disc remains available, it deserves to be considered for potential purchase. Its attractions are equally strong for both the collector looking for alternative interpretations and also for purchasers looking for an only version. There are huge numbers of Mozart piano concerto discs, many of excellent quality, but this one stands out as very special indeed.
great cd in the -legendary performances series-by decca 18 Aug. 2014
By gonzalo - Published on Amazon.com
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great cd in the -legendary performances series-by decca.marvelous versions of the mozart piano concertos by radu lupu and great version of the mozart quintet,here lupu accompanied by the marvelous wind soloists,han de vries(former principal oboist with the royal concertgebouw orchestra)the late brian pollard(former principal bassoon royal concertgebouw)george pieterson(former principal clarinet royal concertgebouw)and vicente zarzo(former principal hornist with the hague philharmonic).buy this disc!!
Mozart Piano Concertos Nos. 12 & 21- Elvira Madigan 8 Mar. 2014
By Thomas Buckley - Published on Amazon.com
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I have this on vinyl and didn't think it was available. I'm not a classical music fan per se, but I love this music and was happy to acquire it through Amazon.
Radu Lupu performed more Mozart in concert... 5 Aug. 2012
By Kirk List - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
... than on record. He also recorded Mozart four hand and two piano works with Murray Perahia
They included the concerti k242 and 365. I find the three performances on this disc under review flawless. Uri Segal is a too little known conductor. He also conducted a wonderful
disc of the Piano Concerti #s 19 and 22 with Alicia de Larrocha with the Vienna SO (see my review). He conducts with elan and clarity, effectually breathing with Lupu harmoniously.
Lupu plays with beautiful tone. Outer movements are brisk but unrushed, and the two
slow movements are lovely, especially in #21. Serious competition exists for both, but I
find more of it for #12-especially from Rudolf Serkin/Schneider/Sony and United Archives, and Margrit
Weber/Fricsay/DG. I prefer these three performances very slightly to Lupu's. In #21,
peers include Vasary/Vasary, Serkin/Schneider/Sony, Monique/Haas/Rosbaud/Sony, Annie Fischer/
Lukacs/Hungaraton and Sawallisch/PO/EMI, Curzon/Kubelik/Audite and Larrocha/Davis/RCA.

Lupu recorded the Beethoven and Mozart wind quintets with RCOA winds. They are superb, matching the concerto performances and joining some formidable rivals:
Serkin/Philadelphia/Sony; Gulda/VPO/DG; Haebler/Bamberg/Philips
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