Radu Lupu Plays Schubert, Franck, and Debussy
Reviewing a recital given by the pianist Radu Lupu in the 1970s, a critic remarked on the audience’s extraordinarily attentive silence. “It was as though Mr. Lupu were employing some sort of alchemy to work a spell over everyone.” Lupu, he continued, “has that mysterious something that goes beyond technique, erudition and general musicality to reach into the sensibilities of listeners.” Though Lupu hasn’t released a new recording in over ten years, he has continued to perform live, and has expanded his repertoire beyond those composers—Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, and Brahms, for instance—with whom he has traditionally been associated. His performance at Carnegie Hall will include Book II of Debussy’s Preludes, one such recent addition. More importantly still, it will provide an all too rare opportunity to hear live a pianist whose recording of Brahms’s Intermezzi Op. 117 has been called one of “the most beautiful piano records ever made.”
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