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A theorist, organist, and conductor, Jeff Ostrowski holds his B.M. in Music Theory from the University of Kansas (2004), and did graduate work in Musicology. He serves as choirmaster for the new FSSP parish in Los Angeles, where he resides with his wife and children.
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“Sacred music, being a complementary part of the solemn liturgy, participates in the general scope of the liturgy, which is the glory of God and the sanctification and edification of the faithful. It contributes to the decorum and the splendor of the ecclesiastical ceremonies, and since its principal office is to clothe with suitable melody the liturgical text proposed for the understanding of the faithful, its proper aim is to add greater efficacy to the text, in order that through it the faithful may be the more easily moved to devotion and better disposed for the reception of the fruits of grace belonging to the celebration of the most holy mysteries.”
— Pope Saint Pius X

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Madeleine Lipatti & The Chopin Concerto Scandal
published 8 July 2013 by Jeff Ostrowski

INU LIPATTI being one of my favorite pianists, I sought out his recording of the Chopin E Minor Concerto as soon as I learned about it (circa 1997), only to find out the recording was inauthentic. In other words, what was said to be a recording by Lipatti from the 1950s was actually recorded by a Cortot-student named Halina Czerny-Stefanska.

Well, it turns out that somebody has since found a true recording of Lipatti playing that Chopin Concerto. You can read the fascinating story here:

      * *  “The Chopin Concerto Scandal” (Ainley)

I hope you take the time to read it. Here are a couple things that jumped out at me:

1.  I love how a listener wrote to the BBC about the Stefanska recording: talk about good ears!

2.  I love the story about the transfer with a “hand-held microphone.”

I thought the quote (“One more reason to hate Wagner!”) was cute . . . apologies to Wagner lovers, like the great Canon Jules Van Nuffel and Fr. Jules Vyverman.

P.S.

There are many fascinating stories about what I have called “attic recordings” — here’s another:

      * *  Liszt’s First Piano Concerto & Dinu Lipatti