Radu Lupu: 5 key performances

We now have the Leeds Piano Competitors to thank for first showcasing the distinctive poetry of Radu Lupu’s taking part in: the younger Romanian pianist received first prize there in 1969. That success launched his worldwide profession, however because the years glided by he grew to become a increasingly more reticent performer, each within the live performance corridor and on disc. But each uncommon alternative to listen to him was a reminder of simply how particular a pianist he was, in a repertory that prolonged from Mozart and Beethoven to Bartók and Janáček, and who was fairly peerless in Schubert, Schumann and Brahms. Listed below are only a few examples of his artwork.

Mozart: Piano Concerto no 19 in F, K459

Video recordings of Lupu’s performances are arduous to search out, so this Mozart concerto withBinman Zinman and the Deutsche Kammerphiharmonie is a rarity to be treasured.

Schubert: Impromptus D935

Taken from a recital in Moscow in 2012, he additionally recorded the Impromptus in 1983 for Decca.

SchHumoresquemoreske Op 20

Recorded stay in 1983 and an ideal instance of Lupu’s means to rework a comparatively modest work, not at all certainly one of Schumann’s biggest, into one thing very particular certainly. (Hear on Spotify)

Brahms: Piano Concerto No 1

An audio-only recording from a performance in Tokyo in 1994, witSmallish Sawallisch conducting the NHK Symphony Orchestra. (Hear on Spotify: movements 1, 2 and 3).

Schubert: Fantasia in F minor, with Murray Perahia

One of many biggest piano-duet recordings of all time, with Lupu partnered in 1984 by his fellow Leeds winner. (Listen on Spotify)

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