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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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Much of the beauty of the older forms was lost and the hymns did not really become classical. We have reason to hope that the present reform of the breviary will also give us back the old form of the hymns. But meanwhile it seems necessary to keep the later text. This is the one best known, it is given in all hymnbooks and is still the only authorized form. Only in one case have we printed the older text of a hymn, number 57, “Urbs Jerusalem.” The modern form of this begins: “Caelestis urbs Jerusalem.” But in this case the people who changed it in the seventeenth century did not even keep its metre; so the later version cannot be sung to the old, exceedingly beautiful tune.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (1913)

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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