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This Lipatti set contains seven discs, and while there is nothing here that is not currently available in another form, it is good to have his EMI recordings packaged together in a handy and affordable set. The heart of the set are his recordings of Bach's B-major partita, the A-minor sonata by Mozart and the Chopin Waltzes. These are represented here both in the form of Lipatti's studio recordings and the recital at Besancon which was his last. There is an almost artless directness to these that is very moving. New to me was Lipatti's playing of Chopin's 3rd piano sonata and his interpretation of Liszt's Sonetto 104 del Petrarco - these are powerful performances. Other highlights are his readings of Mozart's piano concerto no21 (exalted) and his melting touch and tone in Schumann's piano concerto.
In my view, though, the set has a downside: the sound on some items. The sound comes up well on the items listed above, but in others it is very poor. Many 'original masters' sets are still quite serviceable in this respect, but here many of the concerto recordings (from the 1940s) are quite muddy.Read more ›
However, I am so disapointed with this newly remaster set of disc, which totally destroyed the purity of the recording. If you are meticulous enough, you can hear the click-sound all along... which is so disturbing... I try not to be distracted by these disturbance of sound, but in vain.
If you are serious about recording, please avoid this. Go for the non-mastered one instead, which is still available in Amazon.com.
There is a considerable overlap with a recent release from the Membran label Pianist of Divine Spirituality (10CD) at a much more affordable price. The performances (and sound) appear very similar to my ears. If you are on a budget you could not go wrong with the Membran release which has equivalent sound as far as I am concerned.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I knew Dino Lipatti from an EP-record from the 50'ties ! - Bach's "Jesu bleibet Meine Freude"-"Siciliana"-"Nun Komm' Der Heiden Heiland" and "Ich Ruf' Zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ" ! Read morePublished on 8 July 2011 by Mogens F. B.
EMI evidently took no trouble over the remastering of these reissues. At best, in the Chopin Waltzes (both the live and studio versions) the sound is hard and wooden. Read morePublished on 21 Oct. 2010