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A brave idea: a tribute to Lipatti that pays especial attention to Lipatti’s celebrated Besançon recital (the Lipatti original has been reissued by both Naxos and Opus Kura recently). While there is no doubting Paul Badura-Skoda’s impeccable credentials, Lipatti’s famous Besançon recital is rightly the stuff of legend. Badura-Skoda performs in the same venue. Although he is very much his own man, comparisons are inevitable. For the Bach, Badura-Skoda is heavier than Lipatti at many points, and less clean. Badura-Skoda’s calm in the Schubert G flat Impromptu is lovely, but is no Lipattiesque Olympian journey. His Chopin exudes nobility – perhaps only the two Nocturnes Op 27 are worthy of Lipatti himself in their nocturnal loveliness. Encores include a glorious C sharp minor Chopin Nocturne (Op Posth).

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