|Comments:||One of the most extraordinary recordings in the catalog. Lipatti, dying from leukaemia, ignored his doctor's advice and chose to honor his commitment to perform at Besancon. In a scene that wouldn't be believed in a motion picture, he turned in a performance that only barely betrayed his physical state. It was Bryce Morrison wrote in his notes: one of the great musical and human statements, a testimony to his transcendental powers, his almost frightening assertion of mind over matter." And, despite some unavoidable (but minor) defects in sound unsurprising in a 1950 performance recording, Last Recital is an incredibly rich and rewarding disk. Lipatti recorded a studio version of the Bach Partita in June of 1950 (with three Bach choral preludes, a sonata movement, and works by Scarlatti, Mozart and Schubert, it can be heard on EMI 7 69800 2). Both performances are wonderful. Lipatti was one of the giants. But the Besancon recording has a sense of immediacy that studio recordings rarely achieve|
Gustavo Mu±oz said:
La exquisitez espiritual de Lipatti encuentra en la m*sica de Bach una vÝa perfecta para manifestarse. Y es en su *ltimo recital en la que el dolor (signo claro de ascetismo religioso) y arte copulan para engendrar la maravilla grabada en este disco.
The supperb spiritual condition of the Lipatti's soul founds a perfect via to be manifested by Bach music. Here, in his last recital, is where pain and art copulate in inder to give life the fulliness recorded in this CD.