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AX 0291
JULIUS KATCHEN

Katchen, Julius: Berlin Recordings (1962, 1964)

The Classical Shop
release date: June 2014

Originally recorded in 2014

Artists:

Julius Katchen

Soloist

Venue:

Studio Lankwitz, Berlin

Venue

Record Label
Audite

Genre:

Instrumental


Classical

Total Time - 108:54
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JULIUS KATCHEN

     
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FRANZ LISZT

   
   
1 

Piano Sonata in B Minor, S178/R21

27:25
     
 

JOHANNES BRAHMS

 

7 Fantasien, Op. 116

 
2 No. 1. Capriccio in D Minor 02:01
3 No. 2. Intermezzo in A Minor 03:34
4 No. 3. Capriccio in G Minor 02:32
5 No. 4. Intermezzo in E Major 04:25
6 No. 5. Intermezzo in E Minor 03:31
7 No. 6. Intermezzo in E Major 03:50
8 No. 7. Capriccio in D Minor 02:07
     
 

6 Piano Pieces, Op. 118

 
9 No. 2. Intermezzo in A Major 05:55
10 No. 5. Romanze in F Major 03:59
     
11 

Scherzo in E-Flat Minor, Op. 4

08:14
     
 

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

12 

32 Variations in C Minor, WoO 80

09:51
     
13 

Rondo a capriccio in G Major, Op. 129, 'Rage over a lost penny'

05:00
     
 

ROBERT SCHUMANN

14 

Waldscenen, Op. 82

03:21
     
 

FRYDERYK CHOPIN

15 

Nocturne No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 9, No. 2

04:26
     
16 

Ballade No. 3 in A-Flat Major, Op. 47

07:35
     
17 

Nocturne No. 8 in D-Flat Major, Op. 27, No. 2

06:42
     
18 

Berceuse in D-Flat Major, Op. 57

04:26
     
 Julius Katchen Soloist


 This anthology of Julius Katchen’s complete solo recordings made during two recording blocks in 1962 and 1964, expands Katchen’s discography by as many as six first releases: Beethoven’s Rondo Op. 129, Rage Over a Lost Penny, Chopin’s A flat major Ballade, the two famous Noc­turnes Op. 9,1 and Op. 27,2, the late Berceuse, and finally Liszt’s Piano Sonata in B minor, one of the pillars of nineteenth century piano music. Katchen’s energetic and virtuosic reading of the Liszt sonata ranks highly amongst the great recordings of this piece. However, his interpretations of the works by Chopin, Beethoven and the late Brahms, thanks to his natural combination of virtuosity, musicianship and sense of form, are also documents of magnificently timeless piano-playing.

 
Julius Katchen (1926-1969), who died tragically early of leukaemia, represented, alongside Leon Fleisher, Gary Graffman and William Kapell the generation of the so-called OYAPs ("Outstanding Young American Pianists") who from 1940 onwards established themselves as strong and enduring competition to the European pianists who had dominated American concert stages until that point. Katchen had been born into a Russian-Jewish family of immigrants in the state of New Jersey and made his début aged only ten with Mozart’s D minor Concerto; in the following year he was invited by Eugene Ormandy to take part in a concert with the Philadelphia Orchestra as the youngest ever soloist in the history of that orchestra; a year after that he gave his solo début in New York. In 1946 Katchen moved to Paris, becoming one of the most active American musical ambassadors in Europe. His extensive discography, at whose centre are the complete piano works of Brahms, shows him to be a sophisticated virtuoso of the new type, for whom pianistic brilliance was no raison d’être as such, but instead served a deep intellectual and emotional penetration of the music.

 "...There is a delicacy and poetry in Schumann’s ’Prophet Bird’, making these finely recorded discs a thrilling confirmation of Katchen’s stature, of a pianist whose tragic death at the age of 42 robbed the worldof a unique personality."

Bryce Morrison - Gramophone magazine - July 2014


                          **** (Excellent)

Riccardo Risaliti - Musica magazine (Italy) - June 2014




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