His Recitals Reviewed
Pianist Nikita Magaloff remembers the first time he heard Lipatti
In the preface to Dinu Lipatti (Lausanne: Payot, 1991)
“The first chance I had to listen to Lipatti playing was in 1943, in the small town of Martigny. There was war going on, and a car was impossible to find, so I had to go there riding the local train; this meant I could only hear a part of his recital, as I had to catch the last train back. Still, this half recital was enough to make me realise I was sitting in the same room with a great pianist; the first comment I made to my wife expressed the certainty I had that this young man could face any public whatsoever, because he belonged to the international class of great performers.”
On May 13, 1928, Lipatti performed at the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest, as part of a festival organised by the Principele Mircea Society under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Mary.
Here is how the event was reflected in an anonymous review:
“Today, after three years of intense study with Professor Mihail Jora, Dinu Lipatti is a virtuoso of the keyboard. […] On Sunday we saw him both as a pianist, with a superb rendition of Schumann’s Blumenstück and Debussy’s Arabesque (and, as encore, the Petite Sérénade by Albéniz) and as a composer, with two ballet pieces (Valse d’une fée and Danse burlesque), dedicated to little pianist Madeleine Rădulescu.”
Music critic Romeo Alexandrescu on the concert held by the class of 1932 of the Royal Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in Bucharest, hosted by the city’s Lyric Theatre, when Lipatti played, aged 15, Frédéric Chopin’s Piano concerto no. 1 in E minor accompanied on the second piano by Constantin C. Nottara.
The review appeared in “Universul”, in June 1932:
“[D]inu Lipatti, a very young pianist, occasioned us the meeting with a rare talent, already in full bloom at such a tender age; he masters the keyboard and understands music as only a mature performer would – in addition, he enjoys the benefits of a keen sense for music and of a particular temper which make him even now a true artist.”
On the same Royal Academy graduates’ 1932 concert
newspaper Adevărul wrote on June 12, 1932:
„[I]n Chopin’s Piano concerto in E minor, young Dinu Lipatti proved to be uncommonly gifted and well-prepared.”
On February 10, 1933, Dinu Lipatti makes his official debut, playing, at the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest and under Alfred Alessandrescu, Franz Liszt’s Piano concerto no. 1 in E flat major.
In a historical testimony published by România literară cultural magazine - pianist and piano teacher Cella Delavrancea:
“I remember the amazement, the thrill I felt as I was listening to 15-year old Dinu Lipatti play Liszt’s E flat major concerto. It was as if I had only then discovered the true value of this work; the usually carnivalesque brilliance was turned into that enthusiasm the soul experiences before the vision of Nature in full bloom; and the music now seemed so grand!”