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The Art Of Julius Katchen Vol.1


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Disc: 1

  1. 1. Allegro con brio
  2. 2. Largo
  3. 3. Rondo (Allegro scherzando)
  4. 1. Allegro con brio
  5. 2. Adagio
  6. 3. Rondo (Molto allegro)
  7. Rondo in B flat for piano & orchestra, WoO6

Disc: 2

  1. 1. Allegro con brio
  2. 2. Largo
  3. 3. Rondo (Allegro)
  4. 1. Allegro
  5. 2. Adagio un poco mosso
  6. 3. Rondo (Allegro)

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KATCHEN JULIUS

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Beethoven 10 Mar. 2004
By Michael Brad Richman - Published on Amazon.com
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Julius Katchen was considered one of the world's best pianists when he died tragically of cancer at the age of 42 in 1969. This 2-CD Double Decca Import title, Volume 1 of "The Art of Julius Katchen" series, easily shows why. This set focuses on Katchen's accounts of Beethoven works for piano and orchestra. CD 1 features Piano Concertos 1 & 2 and the Rondo in B-flat major, and CD 2 features Concertos 3 & 5. In my other reviews from this series, I have discussed the magical partnership of Katchen and conductor Istvan Kertesz. Well, Katchen has an equally impressive musical rapport with conductor Piero Gamba on this set, who leads the London Symphony Orchestra on all tracks. While I'm far from a musical expert as to why this mutual understanding exists, I do feel that many of the best soloist/accompanist performances come when the conductor allows the soloist to fully spread his/her own wings, and does not allow their own musical ego to get in the way. Many conductors, some of whom I love on their own, provide less than satisfying results in the company of others because of their failure to yield to the soloist's vision (Karajan and Bernstein come to mind more often than not). Gamba, on the other hand, provides Katchen with a solid foundation and room to breath, and the result is a Concerto Cycle of the highest quality. Unfortunately, due to time constraints Piano Concerto No. 4 does not appear on this CD, and must instead be purchased on Volume 2 in this series. Many of Katchen's vintage performances have been available sporadically stateside, and in fact the domestic Double Decca CD that collected Concertos 3-5 has recently gone out-of-print. Therefore, these Australian imports are the best way to currently get all of his glorious Concerto recordings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Addendum 24 April 2004
By Michael Brad Richman - Published on Amazon.com
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The risk you run when buying import classical CDs is that they will eventually get released domestically at a much lower price. Well, such is the case here for yours truly. My review below is still accurate in terms of musical content, so instead of editing it (and losing my helpful votes) just note that this title is no longer an Australian import. Enjoy the savings!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated set by an underappreciated artist 17 Mar. 2009
By J. Grant - Published on Amazon.com
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I continue to marvel at the lack of attention Julius Katchen garners. About the only acknowledgment he gets is for his Brahms, but he is equally impressive in this set of Beethoven's concertos, especially the 3rd and 5th, the later belonging in the same class as those by Rubinstein/Krips, Serkin/Ormandy or Walter, Michelangeli/Celibidache, Curzon/Kubelik or Knappertsbusch, Arrau/Davis or Haitink and Kempff/van Kempen.
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