Pires breaks retirement to replace sick Lupu

Pires breaks retirement to replace sick Lupu


norman lebrecht

June 04, 2019

Radu Lupu has crashed out of Beethoven’s G-major concerto with Daniel Barenboim and the Berliner Philharmoniker on Thursday

His replacement will be Maria Joao Pires, who retired two years ago.


  • Kish says:

    Someone should tell her in advance what concerto she will be playing … 😉

  • Ruben Greenberg says:

    I hope Lupo is all right and will be back soon. If only the best replace him, it is a token of the great respect they have for him.

  • Pedro says:

    She is playing a lot in Portugal and she was the replacement of Lupu in a Zurich recital.

    • Petros LInardos says:

      So how retired is she really? Not that anyone should complain. I am probably not alone in thinking of her as one of the greatest living pianists.

      • A Pianist says:

        I am surprised to hear this too. I heard her in Edinburgh about 4 years ago so her retirement must be more recent than that. It was a beautiful and intriguing interpretation of the Chopin E minor.

  • John Smith says:

    What, can’t Barenboim just do it himself? Surely…

  • Brettermeier says:

    “His replacement will be Maria Joao Pires, who retired two years ago.”

    If I had known that, I would have bought tickets.

  • Schoenberglover says:

    Wonderful replacement, and now that Lupu who doesn’t like broadcasts is out, the concert will be live on their Digital Concert Hall!

  • Prix D'Excellence says:

    Lupu’s Beethoven 4 in London was rather quiet, over indulgent, and about himself, rather than Beethoven. I am sure MJP, who’s philosophy is never about herself, but as a servant to the composer and music, has got to be a great replacement. Radu was a phenomenal pianist/musician in his younger years, one of the greatest, which is no longer I am afraid the case today.

  • Larry W says:

    Lupu is available for a limited number of cancellations.

  • Fredrik Wanger says:

    “Crashed out?

  • Patrick Park says:

    I would of flown from NY to hear her. The greatest living pianist is not un realistic a tittle for her. What a treat for those able to attend. Bravo