Early Departures (2018)

Bach, Janacek, Lipatti, Dumitrescu

Matei Varga

This album features rarely heard and recorded works by Dinu Lipatti and Tudor Dumitrescu, the theme throughout the album being the undercurrent of sadness that all of these pieces possess.

"Aside from Janácek, this evocation of the early departed has surprisingly little harshness. What comes through while listening to Lipatti, Dumitrescu and the ever serene Bach is more the soothing and embracing voice of love - love of life, love of music and love of giving something of yourself to others - rather than the lament of pain. And yet, I believe this particular program makes a strong case for my teachers’ belief: great music always comes from pain, even when it (almost) fully transcends it. The album is dedicated to all my mentors, past, present and future."

- Matei Varga, from: Liner Notes

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Matei Varga

Matei Varga’s artistry has received standing ovations from audiences around the world and superlative reviews from prominent critics. Noting that “it is hard to find the right words to describe the beauty” of Mr. Varga’s playing, Corriere della Sera’s chief critic Paolo Isotta praised the young artist as a “true poet of the keyboard, a musician of depth, and a genuine artist.” Other critics have found his performances “impressive” (Gramophone, 2016), “magical” (Su?ddeutsche Zeitung, 2009), “colorful, vivacious [and] engaging” (Le Diapason, 2012).

Discovered at age 10 by soprano Mariana Nicolesco, he went on to win top prizes at the George Enescu Interna-tional Piano Competition and the International Maria Canals Piano Competition. Mr. Varga is also a recipient of the Salon de Virtuosi Career Grant and a runner-up at the Vendome Prize in Lisbon, where he was singled out by Elisabeth Leonskaja who awarded him a special prize. He has appeared as a soloist and recitalist in many of the world’s leading concert halls, among them Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall, Konzerthaus Berlin, the Auditorium du Louvre, National Center for the Performing Arts Beijing, Palau de la Música in Barcelona, the Romanian Athenaeum and Radio Hall in Bucharest. He is a frequent collaborator of cellist Laura Metcalf, violinist Gregory Harrington and recently has joined star ballerina Alina Cojocaru in perfor-mances at New York City Center and Jazz at Lincoln Center.Mr.

Varga holds degrees from the Romanian National University of Music, where he studied with Sandu Sandrin, Ana Pitis and Ioana Minei, and the Mannes School of Music, where he studied with Pavlina Dokovska. He lives in New York City and is an avid collector of plush bunnies.

photo: from booklet 'Early Departures'

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Early Departures (2018)

Bach, Janacek, Lipatti, Dumitrescu

Matei Varga

Editing Software: Merging Technologies Hapi
Mastering Engineer: Daniel Shores
Producer: Dan Merceruio
Recording Engineer: Daniel Shores
Recording location: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia — May 1-3, 2017
Recording Software: Merging Technologies Horus
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DXD
Speakers: Legacy Audio

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7 Preludes - No. 1, Lento languido
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7 Preludes - No. 2, Allegro impetuoso
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7 Preludes - No. 3, Andante molto rubato
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7 Preludes - No. 4, Allegretto (Tempo di valzer)
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7 Preludes - No. 5, Molto animato ed agitato
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7 Preludes - No. 6, Sereno
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7 Preludes - No. 7, Largo e sonoro
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Prelude in C-Sharp Minor
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Prelude in B Minor
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Sonata romantica
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Little Suite - Prelude
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Nocturne in A Minor (On a Moldavian Theme)
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Nocturne in F-Sharp Minor
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V mlhach, JW VIII/22 - I. Andante
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V mlhach, JW VIII/22 - II. Molto adagio
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V mlhach, JW VIII/22 - III. Andantino
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V mlhach, JW VIII/22 - IV. Presto
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Keyboard Concerto in D Minor, BWV 974 - II. Adagio
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