Radu Lupu

Radu Lupu: Complete Decca Solo Recordings

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It takes only 10 discs to contain the complete solo Decca recordings of Radu Lupu, one of the great pianists of the late 20th century. It's also amazing that these few recordings stretch over a quarter of a century, from 1971 to 1995, making Lupu one of the most infrequently recorded of the great pianists; even Argerich and Michelangeli have outdistanced him. Yet even that is not the most amazing thing about this collection; it is the performances themselves, some of which are among the greatest ever made. Has any pianist ever topped Lupu's heroic account of Brahms' F minor Sonata, or his poetic readings of the composer's late piano works? Has any ever equaled, much less surpassed, his deeply inward performances of Schubert's Moments musicaux or his two sets of Impromptus? Has any account of Beethoven's "Moonlight" Sonata ever glowed brighter, or any reading of the "Waldstein" Sonata ever been more ecstatically serene? And has any pianist ever caught the uncanny mixture of the playful, the romantic, and the diabolical in Schumann's Kreisleriana? Anyone interested in great piano playing should avail themselves of these superlative performances at their earliest possible opportunity.

Track Listing - Disc 10

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Humoreske, Op. 20
1 5:22
2 4:04
3 4:30 Amazon
4 2:41
5 3:17
6 6:10
Kinderszenen (Scenes from childhood), Op. 15
7 1:28
8 1:03
9 0:29
10 0:50
11 1:03
12 0:45
13 2:27
14 0:48
15 0:35
16 1:41
17 1:31
18 1:42
19 2:07
Kreisleriana, Op. 16
20 2:23 Amazon
21 8:59
22 4:28 Amazon
23 3:33 Amazon
24 3:19 Amazon
25 3:51 Amazon
26 2:01 Amazon
27 3:34 Amazon
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