Remembering Radu Lupu

The great Romanian pianist, Radu Lupu, passed away earlier this week. According to his manager, Lupu “died peacefully in his home in Switzerland from numerous long-term illnesses.” He was 76 years old.

In 1966, Radu Lupu was awarded the first prize at the second Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. He went on to win first prizes at the George Enescu International Piano Competition and the Leeds International Piano Competition. Lupu’s playing was filled with depth, nobility, and consummate musicianship. In a 2002 interview Mitsuko Uchida said that Lupu was unmatched in terms of the “range of color” and “unbelievable control of his playing.” Another pianist, Nikolai Lugansky, said that Lupu “possesses the rare power of letting the music speak for itself.” For most of his career, Radu Lupu was averse to granting interviews for “fear of being misunderstood or misquoted.”

Here are five recordings which showcase the artistry of Radu Lupu:

Brahms: Intermezzo In A Major, Op. 118, No. 2

(Also visit Brahms’ Three Intermezzi, Op. 117: Autumnal Lullabies)

Mozart: Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466

This concert performance from March 21, 1996 features Radu Lupu with conductor Dmitri Kitayenko and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra:

Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op. 15 (“Scenes from Childhood”)

This performance of Robert Schumann’s magical collection of thirteen pieces is an excerpt from a studio album recorded in 1993:

Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

Here is another concert performance from March 15, 1975. Jean Fournet leads Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra:

Schubert: Impromptu in A-flat Major, Op. 142

This excerpt comes from Radu Lupu’s landmark 1983 recording:

Recordings

  • Radu Lupu’s complete discography is available at Discogs.com

About Timothy Judd

A native of Upstate New York, Timothy Judd has been a member of the Richmond Symphony violin section since 2001. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where he earned the degrees Bachelor of Music and Master of Music, studying with world renowned Ukrainian-American violinist Oleh Krysa.

The son of public school music educators, Timothy Judd began violin lessons at the age of four through Eastman’s Community Education Division. He was a student of Anastasia Jempelis, one of the earliest champions of the Suzuki method in the United States.

A passionate teacher, Mr. Judd has maintained a private violin studio in the Richmond area since 2002 and has been active coaching chamber music and numerous youth orchestra sectionals.

In his free time, Timothy Judd enjoys working out with Richmond’s popular SEAL Team Physical Training program.

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  1. qu’elle dommage! “died …from numerous long-term illnesses.” There’s the clue,Maestro T. ..the medicalmafia with its leitmotif of’your illness is chronic/incurable…oh dear, the side effects of the drug we’ve told you to take can be easily ameliorated with this drug’,ad nauseum [pun intended] resulting in a nightmarish cascade of polypharmacy until the body gives up all hope. ..when all it would take would be to change the diet/fuel & access 5k yr old healing modalities of TCM et Ayurveda. ps ManyThanks for all Your super n/letters…they bring joy to this ol’ mechanic et subpar violinist!

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