Dinu Lipatti: Unvergänglich… Unvergessen…

33 years of life. 16 years of extraordinary artistic career. “An artist filled with divine spirituality” (Francisc Poulenc), who “gives the impression that he is embarrassed with his own genius” (Clara Haskil). An exceptional pianist, a wonderful artist, a rare and precious sensitivity, a noble being that was only allowed to offer his thorough artistry for so little time…

On the day of 16 september 1950, suffering from leukemia, physically weak, he still goes onstage at Besancon, in France, in a concert that would be the last in his life.

In the second part of the recital he wanted to play the 14 Waltzes by Frederic Chopin. He had no more strength. The public remained seated, silent, waiting for him… and after a long pause Dinu Lipatti came back onstage, sat at the piano and interpreted the motif “Jesus bleibt meine Freude” from the cantata “Herz und Mund un Tat und Leben” by Johann Sebastian Bach. It was a hearbreaking prayer that crowned his last public appearance.

Two and a half months later, on 2 December 1950, Dinu Lipatti passed away, aged only 33, with the score of Beethoven’s  F Minor String Quartet in his hands. His last words were: “It’s not enough to be a great composer to write this music, you need to have been chosen as a instrument of God!”

A wonderful rendering of Chopin’s c minor Concerto  – Zurich 1950

Dinu Lipatti’s last concert with the orchestra took place at the Lucerna Festival on 23 August 1950, when Herbert von Karajan accompanied him in a moving rendering of Mozart’s Concerto 21.

In his last concert, on 16 september 1950 at Besancon, France, Dinu Lipatti also played two Impromptus by Schubert.

Heartfelt thanks to those who keep him alive in our memory!




Dinu Lipatti Society” Facebook page –http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dinu-Lipatti-Society/109363469102346?ref=ts&v=wall


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