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5.0 out of 5 stars Radu Lupu's Mood Indigo, 30 May 2010
This review is from: Radu Lupu - The Solo Recordings (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.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
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical pianism, 26 Jan 2011
This review is from: Radu Lupu - The Solo Recordings (Audio CD)
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 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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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K. J. Saunders "Fenstbook" (Cambridgeshire UK) - See all my reviews
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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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