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Radu Lupu - Complete Decca Solo Recordings [Box set]

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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  • Audio CD (12 April 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 10
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B0038Q3UKA
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Disc 1:

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Listen  1. Rondo in C, Op.51, No.1Radu Lupu 5:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Rondo in G, Op.51, No.2Radu Lupu 9:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Beethoven: 32 Piano Variations in C minor on an original theme, WoO 80Radu Lupu11:12£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op.37 - 1. Allegro con brioLondon Symphony Orchestra16:54£2.29  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op.37 - 2. LargoLondon Symphony Orchestra10:20£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op.37 - 3. Rondo (Allegro)London Symphony Orchestra 8:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Piano Sonata No.19 in G minor, Op.49 No.1 - 1. AndanteRadu Lupu 4:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Piano Sonata No.19 in G minor, Op.49 No.1 - 2. Rondo (Allegro)Radu Lupu 3:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Piano Sonata No.20 in G, Op.49 No.2 - 1. Allegro ma non troppoRadu Lupu 4:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Piano Sonata No.20 in G, Op.49 No.2 - 2. Tempo di MenuettoRadu Lupu 3:48£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Listen  1. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor, Op.27 No.2 -"Moonlight" - 1. Adagio sostenutoRadu Lupu 7:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor, Op.27 No.2 -"Moonlight" - 2. AllegrettoRadu Lupu 2:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor, Op.27 No.2 -"Moonlight" - 3. Presto agitatoRadu Lupu 7:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.8 in C minor, Op.13 -"Pathétique" - 1. Grave - Allegro di molto e con brioRadu Lupu10:14£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.8 in C minor, Op.13 -"Pathétique" - 2. Adagio cantabileRadu Lupu 7:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.8 in C minor, Op.13 -"Pathétique" - 3. Rondo (Allegro)Radu Lupu 5:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.21 in C, Op.53 -"Waldstein" - 1. Allegro con brioRadu Lupu10:59£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.21 in C, Op.53 -"Waldstein" - 2. Introduzione (Adagio molto)Radu Lupu 4:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.21 in C, Op.53 -"Waldstein" - 3. Rondo (Allegretto moderato - Prestissimo)Radu Lupu10:37£1.49  Buy MP3 


Disc 3:

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Listen  1. Brahms: Piano Sonata No.3 in F minor, Op.5 - 1. Allegro maestosoRadu Lupu11:44£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Brahms: Piano Sonata No.3 in F minor, Op.5 - 2. Andante espressivoRadu Lupu12:25£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Brahms: Piano Sonata No.3 in F minor, Op.5 - 3. Scherzo (Allegro energico)Radu Lupu 5:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Brahms: Piano Sonata No.3 in F minor, Op.5 - 4. Intermezzo (Andante molto)Radu Lupu 3:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Brahms: Piano Sonata No.3 in F minor, Op.5 - 5. Finale (Allegro moderato ma rubato)Radu Lupu 8:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Brahms: Theme with variations (arr. of 2nd movement of the String Sextet Op.18)Radu Lupu11:08£1.49  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Brahms: Rhapsody in B minor, Op.79, No.1Radu Lupu10:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Brahms: Rhapsody in G minor, Op.79, No.2Radu Lupu 5:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Brahms: Intermezzi, Op.117 - 1. in E flat majorRadu Lupu 5:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Brahms: Intermezzi, Op.117 - 2. in B flat minorRadu Lupu 4:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Brahms: Intermezzi, Op.117 - 3. in C sharp minorRadu Lupu 6:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Brahms: 6 Piano Pieces, Op.118 - 1. Intermezzo in A minorRadu Lupu 1:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Brahms: 6 Piano Pieces, Op.118 - 2. Intermezzo in ARadu Lupu 5:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Brahms: 6 Piano Pieces, Op.118 - 3. Ballade in G minorRadu Lupu 3:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Brahms: 6 Piano Pieces, Op.118 - 4. Intermezzo in F minorRadu Lupu 2:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Brahms: 6 Piano Pieces, Op.118 - 5. Romance in FRadu Lupu 3:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Brahms: 6 Piano Pieces, Op.118 - 6. Intermezzo in E flat minorRadu Lupu 5:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Brahms: 4 Piano Pieces, Op.119 - 1. Intermezzo in B minorRadu Lupu 3:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Brahms: 4 Piano Pieces, Op.119 - 2. Intermezzo in E minorRadu Lupu 5:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Brahms: 4 Piano Pieces, Op.119 - 3. Intermezzo in CRadu Lupu 1:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Brahms: 4 Piano Pieces, Op.119 - 4. Rhapsody in E flatRadu Lupu 5:01£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 5:

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Listen  1. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.16 in A minor, D.845 - 1. ModeratoRadu Lupu12:28£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.16 in A minor, D.845 - 2. Andante, poco mossoRadu Lupu11:55£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.16 in A minor, D.845 - 3. Scherzo (Allegro vivace) - Trio (Un poco più lento)Radu Lupu 7:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.16 in A minor, D.845 - 4. Rondo (Allegro vivace)Radu Lupu 5:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.18 in G, D.894 - 1. Molto moderato e cantabileRadu Lupu16:56£2.29  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.18 in G, D.894 - 2. AndanteRadu Lupu 8:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.18 in G, D.894 - 3. Menuetto (Allegro moderato)Radu Lupu 4:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.18 in G, D.894 - 4. AllegrettoRadu Lupu 8:11£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 6:

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Listen  1. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.5 in A flat, D557 - 1. Allegro moderatoRadu Lupu 3:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.5 in A flat, D557 - 2. AndanteRadu Lupu 3:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.5 in A flat, D557 - 3. AllegroRadu Lupu 4:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Schubert: Two Scherzi, D593 - No.1 in B flat major - Allegretto e TrioRadu Lupu 4:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Schubert: Two Scherzi, D593 - No.2 in D flat major - Allegretto moderato e TrioRadu Lupu 4:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Schubert: 6 Moments musicaux, Op.94 D780 - No.1 in C (Moderato)Radu Lupu 5:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Schubert: 6 Moments musicaux, Op.94 D780 - No.2 in A flat (Andantino)Radu Lupu 6:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Schubert: 6 Moments musicaux, Op.94 D780 - No.3 in F minor (Allegro moderato)Radu Lupu 1:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Schubert: 6 Moments musicaux, Op.94 D780 - No.4 in C sharp minor (Moderato)Radu Lupu 5:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Schubert: 6 Moments musicaux, Op.94 D780 - No.5 in F minor (Allegro vivace)Radu Lupu 2:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Schubert: 6 Moments musicaux, Op.94 D780 - No.6 in A flat (Allegretto)Radu Lupu 7:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.19 in C minor, D958 - 1. AllegroRadu Lupu 8:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.19 in C minor, D958 - 2. AdagioRadu Lupu10:00£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.19 in C minor, D958 - 3. Menuetto (Allegro)Radu Lupu 2:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.19 in C minor, D958 - 4. AllegroRadu Lupu 9:41£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 7:

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Listen  1. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.20 in A, D.959 - 1. AllegroRadu Lupu15:03£1.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.20 in A, D.959 - 2. AndantinoRadu Lupu 6:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.20 in A, D.959 - 3. Scherzo (Allegro vivace)Radu Lupu 4:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.20 in A, D.959 - 4. Rondo (Allegretto)Radu Lupu11:12£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.14 in A minor, D.784 - 1. Allegro giustoRadu Lupu 9:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.14 in A minor, D.784 - 2. AndanteRadu Lupu 4:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.14 in A minor, D.784 - 3. Allegro vivaceRadu Lupu 4:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.1 in E, D157 - 1. Allegro ma non troppoRadu Lupu 5:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.1 in E, D157 - 2. AndanteRadu Lupu 7:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.1 in E, D157 - 3. Menuetto: Allegro vivace - TrioRadu Lupu 3:44£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 8:

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Listen  1. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.13 in A, D.664 - 1. Allegro moderatoRadu Lupu 7:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.13 in A, D.664 - 2. AndanteRadu Lupu 5:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.13 in A, D.664 - 3. AllegroRadu Lupu 6:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.21 in B flat, D.960 - 1. Molto moderatoRadu Lupu18:17£2.29  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.21 in B flat, D.960 - 2. Andante sostenutoRadu Lupu 9:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.21 in B flat, D.960 - 3. Scherzo (Allegro vivace con delicatezza)Radu Lupu 3:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.21 in B flat, D.960 - 4. Allegro ma non troppoRadu Lupu 7:41£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 9:

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Listen  1. Schubert: 4 Impromptus, Op.90, D.899 - No.1 in C minor: Allegro molto moderatoRadu Lupu10:41£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Schubert: 4 Impromptus, Op.90, D.899 - No.2 in E flat: AllegroRadu Lupu 4:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Schubert: 4 Impromptus, Op.90, D.899 - No.3 in G flat: AndanteRadu Lupu 6:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Schubert: 4 Impromptus, Op.90, D.899 - No.4 in A flat: AllegrettoRadu Lupu 8:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Schubert: 4 Impromptus Op.142, D.935 - No.1 in F minor: Allegro moderatoRadu Lupu10:04£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Schubert: 4 Impromptus Op.142, D.935 - No.2 in A flat: AllegrettoRadu Lupu 7:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Schubert: 4 Impromptus Op.142, D.935 - No.3 in B flat: Theme (Andante) with VariationsRadu Lupu11:40£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Schubert: 4 Impromptus Op.142, D.935 - No.4 in F minor: Allegro scherzandoRadu Lupu 7:07£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 10:

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Listen  1. Schumann: Humoreske, Op.20 - Einfach - Sehr rasch und leichtRadu Lupu 5:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Schumann: Humoreske, Op.20 - 3. HastigRadu Lupu 4:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Schumann: Humoreske, Op.20 - Einfach und zart - IntermezzoRadu Lupu 4:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Schumann: Humoreske, Op.20 - 6. InnigRadu Lupu 2:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Schumann: Humoreske, Op.20 - 7. Sehr lebhaftRadu Lupu 3:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Schumann: Humoreske, Op.20 - 8. FinaleRadu Lupu 5:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op.15 - 1. Von fremden Ländern und MenschenRadu Lupu 1:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op.15 - 2. Kuriöse GeschichteRadu Lupu 1:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op.15 - 3. Hasche-MannRadu Lupu0:29£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op.15 - 4. Bittendes KindRadu Lupu0:50£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op.15 - 5. Glückes genugRadu Lupu 1:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op.15 - 6. Wichtige BegebenheitRadu Lupu0:45£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op.15 - 7. TräumereiRadu Lupu 2:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op.15 - 8. Am KaminRadu Lupu0:48£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op.15 - 9. Ritter vom SteckenpferdRadu Lupu0:35£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op.15 - 10. Fast zu ernstRadu Lupu 1:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op.15 - 11. FürchtenmachenRadu Lupu 1:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op.15 - 12. Kind im EinschlummernRadu Lupu 1:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op.15 - 13. Der Dichter sprichtRadu Lupu 1:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op.16 - 1. Äusserst bewegtRadu Lupu 2:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op.16 - 2. Sehr innig und nicht zu rasch - Intermezzo I (Sehr lebhaft) - Tempo I - Intermezzo II (Etwas bewegter) - Tempo IRadu Lupu 9:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op.16 - 3. Sehr aufgeregtRadu Lupu 4:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op.16 - 4. Sehr langsamRadu Lupu 3:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op.16 - 5. Sehr lebhaftRadu Lupu 3:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op.16 - 6. Sehr langsamRadu Lupu 3:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op.16 - 7. Sehr raschRadu Lupu 2:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op.16 - 8. Schnell und spielendRadu Lupu 3:34£0.79  Buy MP3 


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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Radu Lupu's Mood Indigo 30 May 2010
By Roochak
Format:Audio CD
Purchasers of Decca's 2005 Radu Lupu Edition -- three budget-priced collections devoted to Schubert, Beethoven, and Brahms -- may be hesitant to buy the new "complete Decca solo recordings" box set. The earlier sets are worth hanging onto for Lupu's complete Beethoven piano concertos with Mehta and the Israel PO; the Brahms D minor concerto with Edo de Waart and the London Philharmonic; and Lupu's 1986 recording of the Beethoven Quintet for piano and winds.

What's new to the 10-disc Decca box are Beethoven's opus 49 piano sonatas (recorded 1977), both sets of Schubert's Impromptus (1982), and, weirdly, Lupu's 1970 debut recording of Beethoven's C minor piano concerto with Lawrence Foster and the LSO. This set also rescues Lupu's 1993 Schumann disc from oblivion, which was long overdue.

CD1 - Beethoven I
78.23
Two Rondos, op.51
32 Variations on an original theme in C minor, WoO 80
Piano Concerto no.3 in C minor, op.37
Piano Sonata no.19 in G minor, op.49/1
Piano Sonata no.20 in G major, op.49/2

CD2 - Beethoven II
65.49
Piano Sonata no.14 in C# minor, op.27/2 "Moonlight"
Piano Sonata no.8 in C minor, op.13 "Pathetique"
Piano Sonata no.21 in C major, op.53 "Waldstein"

CD3 - Brahms I
52.20
Piano Sonata no.3 in F minor, op.5
Theme and Variations in D minor (arr. from String Sextet in B flat, op.18)

CD4 - Brahms II
70.19
Two Rhapsodies, op.79
Three Intermezzos, op.117
Six Piano Pieces, op.118
Four Piano Pieces, op.119

CD5 - Schubert I
74.03
Piano Sonata no.16 in A minor, D.845
Piano Sonata no.18 in G major, D.894

CD6 - Schubert II
80.38
Piano Sonata no.5 in A flat, D.557
Two Scherzos, D.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical pianism 26 Jan 2011
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But this and you get ten discs of simply magical pianism from one of the greatest pianists of our time. Just listen to Lupu's sense of touch and you know that this is something really special. The Schubert in particular is superb, as is the Schumann - full of life and fantasy. Of course, there are other ways of playing this music, especially the Beethoven, but Lupu's way is one that will bring immense satisfaction. One oddity is the performance of the Beethoven concerto as the box says 'The Solo Recordings.' Maybe it is put in as a filler. Th performance is certainly worth hearing as a bonus.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Radu Lupu compilation 24 Jun 2010
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This is a superb compilation and an excellent bargain. Radu Lupu is a marvellous pianist especially his Brahms. First heard about it on Radio 3 where the ever vigilant Rob Cowan played a track.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful piano playing 13 Dec 2012
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Marvellous playing - a truly inspiring set of CDs. It is hard to think of a better interpretaion. I recommend it heartily.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Welcome Birthday Tribute for a Great Artist 12 Aug 2010
By Johannes Climacus - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Decca has taken the opportunity of Radu Lupu's sixty-fifth birthday to repackage his complete solo recordings for that label in a convenient and economical bargain box. Veteran pianophiles will have long since experienced and acknowledged this great artist's remarkable gifts, and may well own one or more of the recordings anthologized herein. However, for collectors unfamiliar with Lupu's achievements and his regrettably few outings in the recording studio, this superb retrospective is tailor-made.

Suffice it to say that Lupu is both a formidable virtuoso and a consummate musician. His technique is second to none, the refulgent sonorities he coaxes from his instrument quasi-orchestral in their kaleidoscopic array, his grasp of structure and style comprehensive, and his sensitivity to lyrical nuances instinctive.

These qualities are particularly well suited to the solo repertoire he has chosen to record: Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann, Mozart (not for Decca, however)--and pre-eminently Schubert. I doubt if there is, or ever has been, a greater interpreter of this composer than Lupu. Not even Richter manages to sound Schubert's depths as thoroughly and effortlessly at Lupu. This anthology is therefore worth purchasing for its generous helping of Schubert Sonatas and shorter works. Among the highlights of this selection are exhaustively, even exhaustingly, cogent traversals of the Impromptus (no hint of the salon or of over-familiarity here); a devastating account of the haunting A-Minor sonata D. 845--all the more shattering for its surface understatement; a richly-textured version of the well-known A-Major Sonata, D. 664 that rivals, and in my estimation surpasses, Richter's famous recording for lyrical splendor and depth of insight; and a performance of Schubert's final Sonata, D. 960 that can only be called sublime--an unforgettable interpretation that gets everything right. But then, Lupu tends to get nearly everything right whenever he performs Schubert: tempo, dynamic contrasts, mood, touch, texture and of course the all-important harmonic and tonal displacements. He understands with astonishing acuity the depth of Schubert's existential angst, even even at the most seemingly carefree moments--though he never wears Schubertian trauma on his sleeve (as some other renowned Schubertians, such as Richter, Arrau and Uchida, occasionally do).

If I have spent a disproportionately large portion of this review on Lupu's Schubert, that is because this pianist is one of the the few who fully appreciates, and consistently realizes, the extent of the composer's achievement in piano literature. And it may well be that Lupu understands Schubert more acutely than any interpreter since Schnabel first alerted us to the full stature of these inexhaustible works.

I must not, however, slight Lupu's achievement in Brahms and Schumann. He brings his poetic sensibilities and keen intellect to bear on both, with predictably satisfying results. Lupu's gifts are abundantly evident in late Brahms; these elusive works in lesser hands can seem both enigmatic and insubstantial, but Lupu makes the listener aware of their sensuous beauty without slighting their inwardness. He seems less attuned to the ruggedness of the early Sonata, op. 5; I prefer the more objective and tougher approaches of Curzon and Katchen--he nevertheless does justice to this sprawling work's majesty as well as its lyricism. Likewise in Schumann's evergreen miniatures from op. 15 Lupu enables us to "see eternity in a grain of sand," while in the more ambitious Humoreske, op. 20 and Kreisleriana, he effectively integrates what might seem like a patchwork of short sections into an organic whole. Moreover, Lupu's sumptuous tone and hypersensitive touch are perfectly suited to Schumann's sound-world as to Schubert's.

I leave Beethoven for last only because I find Lupu's forays into this composer (comparatively) less satisfying than his astonishingly perceptive Schubert, Brahms and Schumann. Lupu's take on Beethoven is predictably but excessively rhapsodic. The Third Concerto (the pianist's first recording for Decca, and the only concertante work included in this anthology) is a case in point: in this work phrasing, rubato and dynamics are waywardly, if at times intriguingly, personal. The same goes, to a greater or lesser extent, for the three famous "named" sonatas: Lupu's approach, though rapturously beautiful to the senses and highly nuanced, lacks the incisiveness, even abruptness, we expect in Beethoven. One is reminded of both the vitues and vices of Arrau's Beethoven (Lupu's interpretation of the "Waldstein," for instance, strongly recalls Arrau's, though with more plausible tempi). But I mustn't dwell on these shortcomings, for there is also much to enjoy in the two discs devoted to Beethoven--including a particularly compelling account of the Thirty-Two Variations on an Original Theme in C minor, and a delightfully genial traversal of the underappreicated Rondos op. 51 (even if Lupu's lyrical approach tends to turn these works into the Impromptus Schubert never wrote).

Throughout this set the engineers have provided oustandingly realistic piano sonorities--Lupu's prismatic play of color and tonal shadings is conveyed so vividly as to be nearly palpable. Likewise, his characteristically wide dyanamic range--from the barest whisper to majestic, and at times appropriately cruchy, fortissimos--is faithfully caught. Given the diverse range of occasions, venues, technicians and producers involved--from the analog era to recent digital--the sound is of consistently high quality. Occasionally (in the more recent recordings) I noticed a slight overabundance of "hall" resonance, though not so much as to blur detail. Documentation is good; notes are brief but sufficient.

In sum, then, this is a uniquely valuable collection, representing the considerable achievement of a pianist who must be accounted one of the very greatest of his generation. Strongly recommended to pianophiles generally, but most of all to earnest Schubertians.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Radu Lupu's Mood Indigo 29 May 2010
By Roochak - Published on Amazon.com
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Purchasers of Decca's 2005 Radu Lupu Edition -- three budget-priced collections devoted to Schubert, Beethoven, and Brahms -- may be hesitant to buy the new "complete Decca solo recordings" box set. The earlier sets are worth hanging onto for Lupu's complete Beethoven piano concertos with Mehta and the Israel PO; the Brahms D minor concerto with Edo de Waart and the London Philharmonic; and Lupu's 1986 recording of the Beethoven Quintet for piano and winds.

What's new to the 10-disc Decca box are Beethoven's opus 49 piano sonatas (recorded 1977), both sets of Schubert's Impromptus (1982), and, weirdly, Lupu's 1970 debut recording of Beethoven's C minor piano concerto with Lawrence Foster and the LSO. This set also rescues Lupu's 1993 Schumann disc from oblivion, which was long overdue.

CD1 - Beethoven I
78.23
Two Rondos, op.51
32 Variations on an original theme in C minor, WoO 80
Piano Concerto no.3 in C minor, op.37
Piano Sonata no.19 in G minor, op.49/1
Piano Sonata no.20 in G major, op.49/2

CD2 - Beethoven II
65.49
Piano Sonata no.14 in C# minor, op.27/2 "Moonlight"
Piano Sonata no.8 in C minor, op.13 "Pathetique"
Piano Sonata no.21 in C major, op.53 "Waldstein"

CD3 - Brahms I
52.20
Piano Sonata no.3 in F minor, op.5
Theme and Variations in D minor (arr. from String Sextet in B flat, op.18)

CD4 - Brahms II
70.19
Two Rhapsodies, op.79
Three Intermezzos, op.117
Six Piano Pieces, op.118
Four Piano Pieces, op.119

CD5 - Schubert I
74.03
Piano Sonata no.16 in A minor, D.845
Piano Sonata no.18 in G major, D.894

CD6 - Schubert II
80.38
Piano Sonata no.5 in A flat, D.557
Two Scherzos, D.593
Six Moments musicaux, D.780
Piano Sonata no.19 in C minor, D.958

CD7 - Schubert III
72.12
Piano Sonata no.20 in A major, D.959
Piano Sonata no.14 in A minor, D.784
Piano Sonata no.1 in E major, D.157

CD8 - Schubert IV
58.57
Piano Sonata no.13 in A major, D.664
Piano Sonata no.21 in B flat, D.960

CD9 - Schubert V
66.06
Four Impromptus, D.899
Four Impromptus, D.935

CD10 - Schumann
74.36
Humoreske, op.20
Kinderszenen, op.15
Kreisleriana, op.16
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Schubert Sonatas are a Revelation! 29 Aug 2010
By J Scott Morrison - Published on Amazon.com
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In an earlier review Asia Khuf asks who this issue is for. It's for me! Although I have admired Radu Lupu, primarily for his recording with Murray Perahia of Schubert's great Fantasy for piano four hands, I have never collected any others of his recordings. I knew he was a noted Schubert interpreter, but I had never heard any of his sonata recordings or the Moments musicaux or Impromptus. Further, I didn't much like most of the Schubert sonatas I'd heard as played or recorded by other performers. But, as this set was available at budget price and as I am insatiably curious about pianists and repertoire, I thought I would give it a try. Well, my goodness what a revelation it has been! I dived right into the Schubert discs and have to say that for the first time in my life I found myself beginning to understand why others so love his sonatas. Lupu's way with these sonatas, particularly the later ones, is mind-boggling for me. For the first time these works began to speak to me in a way that was beguiling. I even found myself blubbering at the beauty of the Adagio of the C Minor Sonata, D958. In sum, I spent the better part of two days listening just to the Schubert pieces and it was a world-changing experience for me. I cannot say why other pianist's interpretations of these works have not spoken to me, but I do note that Lupu's ability to play those seemingly endless movements and keep them fresh and intriguing to the very end is a new experience for me. And how he keeps those slow movements from plodding or falling apart is a mystery. But whatever it is, this man is the Schubert interpreter of a lifetime.

Scott Morrison
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Piano Event 18 Oct 2010
By Bing-Alguin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Some pianists have their talent, technical skill and creative capacity enwrapped in a special aura of individual charisma, of magic and mystics. Arthur Rubinstein no doubt belonged to them, and it is as certain that Radu Lupu participates in the divine circle of those happy few. The composed and peaceful intimacy of his musical phrasing, the powerful outbursts of argumentation and feeling, the natural timing of his meditative discourse, and the sublime lack of "perfection-for-perfection's own sake" - all of it makes you feel like partaking in a uplifting, inspiring conversation with a good friend and a wise man, full of humble and very personal insights in the mysteries of life.
So when Sir Colin Davis, according to the booklet of this box, says that Lupu gives you the music exactly as it is, I am not at all convinced. Music as it is is in fact a very dull chapter without interpretation. Lupu's playing presents music very much as Lupu is, in a distinguished private atmosphere, uniquely, lively, and still serenely, close to the fundamentals of human life.
The box of ten discs with the recordings from the late decades of the 20th century , that Decca now presents, is something to be welcomed with jubilance. It could be called the essentials of Radu Lupu, all of them solo recitals, with the exception of an up to now unknown recording of Beethoven's third concerto. Two records are dedicated to Beethoven: Beside the third concerto, executed in a deeply engrossed way with London Philharmonic Orchestra under Lawrence Foster, also a ravishing rendering of the C minor Variations and three of the great sonatas: "Moonlight", "Pathétique", and "Waldstein", all of them played in that profound emotional contemplation that is Lupu's signature.
Brahms is also represented with two discs, one with the third sonata in F minor, and the rarely played "Theme and Variations" in D minor, arranged from the String quartet in B flat major, the other one containing the many short pieces op. 117, 118, 119, and a couple of rhapsodies op 79. This is the great surprise of the box, because Lupu is here playing Brahms with an unusually impressive force and depth, with a weighty lightness that makes Brahms' piano music sound exuberantly focused and nuanced.
However, the peak of the box is the five Schubert discs: all the impromptus, the "Moment musicaux", and all the great sonatas, and some of the less well-known too. There is a glorious harmony and a intense personal temper resting over them all, and Lupu's way of introvert playing is flourishing here, in a natural Schubert manner, hard to excel. Delightful but a bit variable are the three Schumann pieces: "Humoreske" a trifle uneven, "Kinderszenen" slightly pale compared to the rest, though "Kreisleriana" is exceedingly superb, sparklingly romantic and excitably volatile.
This Decca box must be ranked as one of the great piano events of the year. Maybe the greatest!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary musicianship. 30 Aug 2011
By Don in Australia - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a real bargain in anyone's terms: 10 CDs of sublime music in a box set, played by one of the world's greatest pianists of our time. However a bargain is "not worth a can of beans" if it does not deliver what you want. In musical terms for me, this means reaching & moving me in a way in which the composer intended. As I grow older, my lifetime love of classical music is enriched with performances which reveal, in a way I have not experienced before, new insights into the composer's musical soul. Radu Lupu does this for me; his interpretation of Schubert's piano music in particular reveals to me, primarily, a melodic Schubert, but also with the composer's innermost secrets clearly conveyed to the listener, full of drama, sensitivity, and beauty.

I am not a musicologist, merely a classical music lover, so I am not in a position to be analytical. I can only say Lupu's phrasing, pacing & expression bring an entirely new Schubert forth. Listen in particular to his playing of the Piano Sonata No.13 in A Major D664 for inner beauty and a feeling that this is exactly as Schubert intended it to be played. All the Schubert Piano Sonatas have Lupu's unique signature on them, but I don't think it is anything other than what Schubert intended. For Piano Sonata No.21 D960 there is only one other interpretation that I prefer; it is the Oleg Marshev recording on the Danacord label. He conveys the emotions of a dying Schubert like no other.

Schubert is not the only composer featured on this set. There is a wealth of Beethoven, Brahms, and Schumann, all played with Radu Lupus' unique attention to the composer's music rather than his own. I have concentrated on Schubert, as that is my passion at the moment! And I must add while on the subject, the playing of both the op.90 and op.140 Impromptus are a delight. I am an unashamed devotee of Murray Perahia when it comes to these pieces, but I now equally enjoy Radu Lupu's interpretation.

This is a complete collecion of Radu Lupu's solo piano recordings, plus the Beethoven Piano Concerto No.3, all recorded exclusively for Decca between 1971 and 1993. If, like me, you have missed out on Radu Lupu while collecting CDs, you have a real treat in store. I think this would be the one recording I would take to my desert island!
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