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Liszt, Brahms, Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin / Julius Katchen, piano (Berlin, 1962-64)

Album Summary

>Liszt, Franz : Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178
>Brahms, Johannes : Fantasies (7) for Piano, Op. 116
>Brahms, Johannes : Sechs Klavierstucke, op. 118
>Brahms, Johannes : Scherzo for piano in E flat minor, Op. 4
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Variations (32) for Piano in C minor on an Original Theme, WoO 80
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Rondo a Capriccio for piano in G major ("Rage Over a Lost Penny"), Op. 129
>Schumann, Robert : Vogel als Prophet (Waldscenen, Op. 82/7)
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109
>Chopin, Frédéric : Ballade for Piano no 3 in A flat major, B 136/Op. 47
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 8 in D flat major, Op. 27/2, CT. 115
>Chopin, Frédéric : Berceuse for Piano in D flat major, B 154/Op. 57
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Notes & Reviews:

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 leukemia, 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 debut 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 debut 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'etre as such, but instead served a deep intellectual and emotional penetration of the music. This release is furnished with a "producer's comment" by Ludger Boeckenhoff.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Studio Lankwitz, Berlin.



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>Liszt, Franz : Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178
  • Performer: Julius Katchen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851-1853

>Brahms, Johannes : Fantasies (7) for Piano, Op. 116
  • Performer: Julius Katchen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Brahms, Johannes : Sechs Klavierstücke, op. 118 :: 2. Intermezzo
  • Performer: Julius Katchen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Brahms, Johannes : Sechs Klavierstücke, op. 118 :: 5. Romanze
  • Performer: Julius Katchen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Brahms, Johannes : Scherzo for piano in E flat minor, Op. 4
  • Performer: Julius Katchen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Variations (32) for Piano in C minor on an Original Theme, WoO 80
  • Performer: Julius Katchen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1806

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Rondo a Capriccio for piano in G major ("Rage Over a Lost Penny"), Op. 129
  • Performer: Julius Katchen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1795-1798

>Schumann, Robert : Vogel als Prophet (Waldscenen, Op. 82/7)
  • Performer: Julius Katchen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1848-1849

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Nocturne for piano no 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109
  • Performer: Julius Katchen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1830-1832

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Ballade for Piano no 3 in A flat major, B 136/Op. 47
  • Performer: Julius Katchen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1841

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Nocturne for piano no 8 in D flat major, Op. 27/2, CT. 115
  • Performer: Julius Katchen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1835

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Berceuse for Piano in D flat major, B 154/Op. 57
  • Performer: Julius Katchen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1844